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Disable Redirected Folders - will i loose the contents of the folders for existing users?

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I want to disable the GPO in SBS2003 that redirects the My Documents and other special folders (Appl.Data, Desktop, etc) for my XP users. If I do this, what will happen for the existing users that had the redirection enabled - will they loose the contents of these folders (start from scratch) when logging in the first time after I will have disabled the redirection ? If so, what is the procedure to transfer the redirected folders to their local drive ?

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No, run the My Documents Folder Redirection Wizard to undo this, and the files will be copied back to the user's workstation the next time that user logs on.

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Will the files will be copied back to the local C: drive only the first time that the user logs in after the redirection has been disabled ? Any subsequent logins will not trigger this copying again for that particular user ?
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No, they will not because the files are not copied they are moved and will no longer be on the server.

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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FYI, Open your Group Policy Management Console > right click on the GPO for Small Business Server Folder Redirection > Properties.  If you look on the Settings tab, you'll see that under Policy Removal there is a choice between leaving the folder on the server or redirecting it back to where the files came from.  This second option is what is chosen when you run the wizard again.  Don't change anything here... I just wanted you to see where the settings are.

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Worked beautifully ! Everything is back on the local drive.

Thanks a lot !
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by:jennixchange
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.... this is weak sauce. Not only is that a NON answer, but nobody even bothered to say where one might find this magical elusive wizard anyway.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Not elusive at all... On an SBS 2003, the My Documents Folder Redirection Wizard is actually in multiple places in the SBS Management Console.  (In Shares, Backup and Users sections)

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