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Folder redirection on a failed server

Posted on 2009-12-30
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Last Modified: 2012-06-22
Here is the situation.  SBS2003 server crashed.  Server is a complete loss.  I do however have backups as well as a backup DC.  I have disabled the folder redirection gpo on the "new" SBS server.  RSOP shows the folder redirection gpo fails.  My problem is that I cannot get the local machines to let me relocate My Docs back to the local machine.  When you look at the properties of the My Docs, you can't change anything.  Tried the following support article:
There is NO sharing tab.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thank you.
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by:Donald Stewart
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1. if you kept the default settings when setting folder redirection of "my documents", you should have an offline copy of them on each computer. use "csccmd" (from resource kit tools) to check it.
2. as a temp workaround, you can use "killpol" (google for it), a utility which temporarily removes all user policies from a computer.
3. did you try to create a new policy (apply it to a new OU, and move one computer for testing), and redirect to another location?

hope this helps,


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users avoided  redirection of my documents on a specific computer by using Loopback with Replace

What loopback processing does is merge or replaces the User Configuration of the GPO linked to the user with the User Configuration of the GPO linked to the computer.
similar problem happened to http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=11279
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by:Rob Williams
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Are you sure the client machines have not lost there 'trust' with the server? Try running GPResult and netdaig on a problematic machine to see if there are any reported issues with access to the DC.

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None of the above has worked.  I have removed a user from the OU as well as disable the GPO and removed all users from it.  The problem with following most of the articles is that they all assume that the original location is available.  The original server is not available and never will be.   I may try rebuild the users profile although I hate to have to do this for everyone.
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by:Rob Williams
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How did you restore the server? If the server was a rebuild and not a proper restore. Even if the name, domain, and IP is the same the PC's will see it as a completely different server. If this is the case the PC's have to be removed from the old domain and rejoined to the new. If doing so there are registry keys and folders that have to be deleted. Please see TechSoEasy's instructions.
Because the old DC is still present the users are authenticating to it, but it and they still point to the old non existent server. In this case the second DC has to be demoted and rejoined to the new SBS domain, even though the name is still the same.

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Server (data)  was restored to a virtual machine.  The original server was a 6 year old whitebox.  A full restore to such dis-similar hardware was virtually impossible.  We followed some MS docs for failed SBS with a secondary dc.  Seize the ad roles,  strip AD of SBS,  install new SBS server (different name), Transfer roles.
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by:Rob Williams
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Ignor my points about the trust then. Your method of seizing the roles is fine.
Have you checked carefully that there is not a second policy enabled for folder redirection. A couple of times I have seen on SBS where admins didn't realize SBS had automatically configured this and then manualually set up a second redirection policy. Might explain why you cannot reset.

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DonArgo earned 0 total points
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Finally found something.


This allows me to reset the My Docs to original location.

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