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We are in the process of migrating from sbs 03 to sbs 08 and i have redirected all the folders and most of the computers have reflected the changes but some xp workstations are still trying to login to the old server, so after i turn off the old server those workstations lock up and freeze and folder connections are lost. Ive done a gpupdate but it still wont work right, i think im missing one thing like a dns setting, has anyone else solved this issue as im about 17 days into my 21.
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Have you restarted the XP Workstations after running gpupdate command ?
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by:Philip Elder
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Make sure the workstations have DHCP enabled.
 IPConfig /all [Enter] at the command prompt.

If they are not DHCP enabled, they will not pick up the new server and gateway settings.

Do an IPConfig /Release then IPConfig /renew to reseat the settings.

Also, third party A/V/Firewall software will cause this if the firewall settings were not updated to include an exception for the new SBS server IP.

Philip

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They are all dhcp and reflect the new gateway settings but for some reason still rely on the old domain, and ive restarted them a few times, and they actually kinda lock up when logging in if the old sbs 03 server is off. Im waiting to demote the old server untill i can fix this issue. As far as firewalls they have reflected the new gpo for the sbs 08 firewall policy and all have the new sbs 08 shortcut.
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by:Philip Elder
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Have you reached the point where you delete the legacy folder redirection policy yet? It needed to be edited to point to the new server in the first place, then once you set up Folder Redirection in the SBS Console and had completed the migration steps you would delete the original SBS 2003 one.

The SBS 03 FR policy will have My Documents in it.
The SBS 08 FR policy will have Documents and Desktop (we redirect both).

Philip
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Well I havent delelted the legacy policy yet as i didnt think i would of needed to, as when i said redirect folders in 08, most of the work stations reflected the changes, but i will go in and look at the lagacy policy to see if its still in effect.
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by:Philip Elder
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The legacy policy is to be deleted as you conclude the migration.

You will see an SBS 2008 redirection policy at the SBSUsers OU level.

Also, make sure that your XP Pro machines are updated with the Group Policy Preference Client Side Extensions:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e60b5c8f-d7dc-4b27-a261-247ce3f6c4f8&DisplayLang=en

Otherwise they will not behave well with the new GP structures in Win2K8 AD.

Philip
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Ok so i waited a little longer and seems like slowly a few more computers joined in and the folder redirection applied but i still have a few that wont take the change, and also the server itself is actually trying to find its documents folder on the old server even though its off, and i have updated the policy a few times.
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The redirect policy is a user specific one. The new SBS 2008 domain admin, and all SBS 2008 users should be in the SBSUsers OU.

The default SBS 2008 redirect policy is to be found linked to the SBSUsers OU and can be verified in the Group Policy Management Console. Verify that the redirect is pointing to \\NewSBS\FolderRedirection\%Username%\Documents

What you may be dealing with now is Group Policy tattoos unfortunately.

Philip
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So now to add to this section i have a computer that logs into the new server and says that the new server is the logon server, and even says folders are syncing with the new server but the my documents folder refuses to change and the bad part about it is the computer continually locks up and then comes back after a few mins. Ive tried restarting changing the user priveledges gpupdate many times it just doesnt want to get the new policy. Is there a place were i can delete the old policy or something cause this ones starting to annoy me a little bit. And i dont want to resort to formating it...
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Export the user's mailbox to PST, delete their domain profile, recreate their domain profile as a new user (verify their e-mail tab in the user's properties before deleting to get all addresses back), import their PST, and test.

The problem will be gone.

Philip
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Sometimes Folder Redirects tattoo to the machines.

Philip
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