Moving roaming profiles from on server to another

Posted on 2009-12-24
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
How does this work, moving roaming profiles from one server to another, is it as simple as copying and redirecting their profiles in active directory?

Question by:syeager305
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    by:Glen Knight
    Just make sure the permissions are the same.
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    Copy the roaming profiles to new server by RoboCopy(so permissions are not messed), then simply change the roaming profile path from ADUC to new server.

    Just make sure that when you are copying the files through RoboCopy then no file is open  because it will not copy any file which is open.

    Faraz H. Khan
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    by:Glen Knight
    I would personally do a backup and restore that way ownership and permissions are kept in tact!
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    Depending on how much users you have, I would first copy the profiles with RoboCopy, change the profile path in Active Directory and do a differential copy with RoboCopy again, so the downtime is minimal and the files were actual.
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    Install robocopy & run below command from cmd. Robocpoy GUI is also available & robocpoy cmd is the resource kit tool.

    Robocopy"source c:\sac" "destination d:\sac" /E /COPYALL

    Its a tested command & it will copy the files/folders with NTFS permission.

    SAC is the name of the folder.

    Source is servername from where the files & folder has to be moved

    Destination is the name of server where it has to be moved.;en-us;315983
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