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How do you easily move roaming profiles?

I'm putting a new server in place and I want to move around 50 roaming profiles on the existing server to the new one.  To the best of my knowledge the traditional way to do this is to take ownership of all of them at once on the root Profile folder as administrator, checking the box to take ownership of the child objects, and then move it and manually re-assign ownership to each individual user account.  Clearly, this is not a great option for a lot of users.

My other idea is to use a backup application that can backup these folders and simply restore them to the new location, which may leave the permissions intact since the new server is a member of the same domain.    I'm not sure if this would work, however.

Any suggestions from people who have done this would be appreciated!
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haim96Commented:
the backup option should work but check the backup log for "ACCESS DENIED" on files or folders
while doing the backup.
i used this method and it worked like charm.

another method is use robocopy but i don't realy recommand it.
backup and restore should be faster.
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rjwesleyCommented:
Experienced a similiar problem - roaming profiles + folder redirection (within the roaming profile - not recommended) + offline files - it was a mess. Not sure if you have the other items enabled or not but my suggestion is this.

Use Folder Redirection (+ App Data + Desktop + Start Menu if that is your preference) and do not use Roaming Profiles - because you basically achieve the same results plus decrease start up time when users log in.

For the Folder Redirection settings for My Documents remove the checkmark "Grant user exclusive rights to My Documents" (that ensures administrator access permission). I cannot recall if leaving the checkmark for "Move the contents of My Documents to the new location" actually moved the My Documents to the new location that part may have to done manually.

Set up a new share for the folder redirections and repath that new location in the user profile home folder also not forgetting to remove the profile path (roaming profile).

Hope that helps.

Rob
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Malli BoppeCommented:
I have moved the roaming profiles through backup option.Just do a NTbackup and restore it to the new server.
Just bofore changing the profile run robocopy with /copyall and /mir options to pick up any new changes.share the profiles folder.shut down the old server and create dns cname pointing your old server to the new server ip address. This way you don't need to change any thing on the AD.
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sc456aAuthor Commented:
I can't shutdown the old server as it will remain in use for other functions.
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Malli BoppeCommented:
Then you need to go and change each and ever user profile to point to the new server.
Uou might be able to do it with a script which would be much easier.
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sc456aAuthor Commented:
Anyone know of such a script?
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Malli BoppeCommented:
You can use TSCMD to write a script to change the profile path
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sc456aAuthor Commented:
Solution found - use Ntbackup.
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haim96Commented:
the asker ask for suggestions:
"My other idea is to use a backup application that can backup these folders and simply restore them to the new location, which may leave the permissions intact since the new server is a member of the same domain.    I'm not sure if this would work, however.
Any suggestions from people who have done this would be appreciated!"

i wrote that backup option should work fine and he used the backup option with success .
so why close this post with refund?! you should split between all the expert who suggest  
to use backup.

thanks.
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LunchyCommented:
Force accepted.
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