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SBS2003 "documents and settings" folder in 2 places

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I am trying to tidy up an SBS 2003 server.  On the c:\ drive I have a "documents and settings" folder which contains a few profiles including administrator.  The "my documents" folder is nearly 500mb in size.  This folders contents also exist under c:\users shared folders\administrator\administrator's documents and the d:\ drive under \users\administrator1\my documents. All 3 locations contain the same files.  I am trying to free up space on the c: drive and would like to get rid of both copies on the c:\ drive but am unsure how to go about this.  Many thanks

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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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It's not easy to know which is the right one... because you apparently have made copies of things, and perhaps even created a new user account called administrator1, but you haven't indicated if you've implemented Folder Redirection (by running the My Documents Folder Redirection Wizard).

But try this... log into a workstation with the Administrator Account... then Click START and Right Click on My Documents > Properties.  What does it say in the "Target:" box?

One thing I should mention... the fact that you have about 500MB of files in the Administrator's Documents would suggest to me that you are using that account on a regular basis... BAD IDEA.  The Built-in administrator account should only be used when you need to install, uninstall or reconfigure something on the server.

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Hello Jeff,  Thanks for your quick response.  I will be checking what it says in the "target" box tomorrow when I am on site again.  I do tech support for several small businesses and this is one I have just taken on where someone with no professional experience has been administrating the network hence the mess things are in.  I have explained the importance of not using the administrator account as a regular account and am now starting to clean up the mess.  He has already copied some user files to the d: drive and then had a problems with rights etc as it wasn't done using xcopy as in the procedure outlined by MS.  I am only becoming familiar with SBS 2003 myself and don't want to exacerbate the situation. My plan is to move the files from the administrator account to a backup location then move the users folders to another drive  ( after backing them up ),  share the folder as "users" and rerun the Folder Redirection wizard.  Does this sound about right?
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It does sound about right... the exact steps are outlined in http://sbsurl.com/movedata

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Thanks for your help Jeff,  It appears the folder redirection part had already been carried out so I just moved c:\users shared folders to an archive folder on another drive.  
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