Moving network user profiles between servers

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2008-05-31
I have 15 user profiles on the server. I may have set them up in a roundabout kind of way, but I created a folder called profiles and created a folder for each user within that. I shared each users folder with only the system, the user and the administrator having permissions for it, then under the user properties in AD entered the network path to the shared folder for that user.

Basically I need to move the profiles to a new server and was wondering how best to do it? Would just creating another set of empty folders and moving the network path to the new server do it? I was hoping that the data on the Workstation would fill the folder. Or would I have to log the user off and copy the whole folder accross? The users do not use TS, it is purely a copy of their workstation user profile.

Question by:gabiosz
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    If they're roaming profiles, then all you need to do is move the folders over to the new server and then update the profile tab on the 15 users in AD. You can do this en masse by highlighting all 15 users at the same time, right-click, properties, Profile tab, tick Profile Path and type in the path to the profile, except in place of the username type %username%. This will update all 15 users in one go.

    e.g. \\server2\ProfileShare\%username% would evaluate to \\server2\ProfileShare\bobd if you had a user with username bobd

    Be careful with permissions though and ensure you set the NTFS permissions again if necessary

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    Ideally what permissions work needs to be done? Can I set permissions on the main profile folder, so that the system can see it or do all the users need to have the permission set for each of their own folders?
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    When you set up the new folders, for each username (and this is assuming that the foldername matches the username exactly), you can set up permissions for "self" which will allow the user whose username matches that foldername to have the permissions you specify.  You should be able to specify "self" permissions on the "profiles" folder that holds all of the specific user folders.
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    I never realised that's what "SELF" permissions did - that'll be brilliant though now when I'm setting up profiles and folder redirection!

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