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PC will not deactivate group policy of redirect My Docs?

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hello,

Server 2003 (domain controller) went down.
We replaced with new a server 2008 Standard.
New server has same name and IP address as old server. (also a domain controller)
The majority of local PCs sychronized to new server with no issues.
I have a handful of PC that want to sychronize to the old server.
I made changes to their domain accounts just like I did to the other users that work fine.
I decided to remove the PC from the domain and start fresh on the "redirect My Docs" group policy.
When I login as the local Admin and the PC is NOT in our domain- but it still tries to synchronize to the old server when I am not using the user's account nor in our domain.

Been working on this issue for a week now and I don't want to replace the PCs.
Any suggestions?

thank you,
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by:Adam Brown
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I *think* I've run into this on a recent migration. Is it that they are trying to sync with the old server after logging off? If so, you need to clear out the Offline files cache. Here are the steps:

1. Log in as an Administrator
2. Open My computer
3. Go to Tools -> Folder Options -> Select Offline Files
4. Hold down the Ctrl and Shift buttons and click "Delete Files"
5. A prompt will pop up saying that the Offline Files cache will be re-initialized. Click Yes.
6. System will ask for reboot. Click yes and wait for reboot.
7. Once the computer is up, log back in as the Administrator
8. Open My Computer again and go to Tools -> Folder Options -> Select Offline Files
9. Make sure Enable Offline Files is selected.
10. Log off and log in as the user
11. Check the settings for offline files in the users' account.
12. Log the user off. Files will then sync to the new server and the old server connection will be gone.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Here is the issue the Redirected folders are still looking to the old store location because you didn't properly tell AD or the clients that you were moving the folders.

In the GPO you need to point back to the old location of the folders change you can keep the server online if you have the old server still. In the GPO check the option to move folder contents. If you don't have the old server up and running you need to tell the GPO not to move the folder contents
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by:johnb6767
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Workstation tries to synch offline files with old server which is offline.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/2003_Server/Q_23121600.html

See my Accepted Answer inthis thread. Commands are already in script form, to automate if needed.....
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by:johnb6767
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And please DO NOT REINITIALIZE THE CSC until all locally modified files are either extracted or are in synch!!!!
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by:johnb6767
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Also, reinitializing the CSC doesnt remove the shares that are already configured for Offline Files. Just removes the cache contents......

Those are stored .....

"hkcu\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\netcache\shares"
"hkcu\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\netcache\AssignedOfflineFolders"

The commands wipe out, and rebuild the keys......
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I just configured the new server to the old path that the PCs were trying to sychronize to and once it did that it is now acting normal and will follow the group policies we use.

Thanks for the feedback gentlemen.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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That is what I was saying. Glad it is working
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by:DMIDave
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Figured it out on my own.

Thank you,
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