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My Documents Redirection Policy Failing after server reloaded

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I have a GPO that redirects everyone's My Documents folder to \\%HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% it has been working great. However I have recently Wiped & Reloaded the server where everyone's Home Folder is stored.  I have updated the path in AD and I have triple checked the share & security permissions on each folder and they are correct.  The Server even kept the same name that it had before the Wipe & Reload.  The only difference is I hide the users share.
Before Wipe & Reload - \\%HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% = \\servername\users\staff\%USERNAME%
After Wipe & Reload - \\%HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% = \\servername\users$\staff\%USERNAME%

My understanding was that since the GPO is set to redirect to \\%HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% that once I changed the path in AD it should automatically redirect to the correct folder.  Provided the Security permissions are set correctly.  As I mentioned I have triple checked both the Share & Security Permissions and I am certain they are correct.

Am I missing anything?
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Question by:Evildragnor
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by:anamali1
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hi,
i think if you wanna make sure that the new server is configured correctly you should create a new test GPO and redirect it to the some test folder.

this will make sure that the GPO and Server are working correctly.

next step will be based on the result

Thnx
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by:Evildragnor
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Any new user created is redirected correctly.  Also I did as you suggested and greated a new GPO and tried this again.  It works fine.  I need for the GPO to redirect existing users "My Documents" folders to the new path.
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Will Szymkowski earned 500 total points
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I believe that you need to move the profile folder out of documents and setting log back in with the existing user account and this should start the redirection process. You can then copy items from the users profile (temp folder you moved it to) and move the items back.
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by:Evildragnor
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I have several hundred users and it is not fesible for me to go touch every workstation.  And if I start deleteing profiles the users will be very unhappy and will make life difficult for me.  Is thier no way to force the poicy to overwrite what is currently set and change it to the new path?  Or will I just be better off unhiding the Users share and changing the path back to what it origanally was?
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by:anamali1
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hi sorry was out for a while

the new gpo works fine and the new users are also redirected then just export the user profiles to the newly created gpo or apply the gpo to the existing user root it should work seamlessly.

hope this helps
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by:Evildragnor
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I was able to add a .bat file to the logon script that copied the important parts of the user profile to the users home share.  I then created a .bat file that deleted all user profiles from the workstations.  Then I created a third .bat file that replaced the profile backup I had made earlier.
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