Windows XP Offline Files and Folder Redirection
Posted on 2011-03-08
Just some background, we have 500 employees, across 15 locations, 10 file servers spread throughout different sites, with user Home folders being mapped to H: \\server\homefolder\%username%, with the 'server' being different depending on the users location or site. The question below deals specifically with one location with one file server that is being physically replaced. Clients are Windows XP, Servers are 2003.
Depending on which site the user is at, will depend on which server their home fodler is mapped too. We also have Network/Offline files enabled, with Folder Redirection set up to Basic, Path: \\%HOMESHARE% %HOMEPATH% with the options to Grant user exclusive rights to My Documents, Move the contents of My Documents to new location, and Policy removal behavior to Leave Contents (leave the folder in the new location when policy is removed)
- (Old file server is brought offline, files are manually moved to new file server [new name], and paths are updated accordingly in active directory) Changing the path in the Active Directory properties of the user's Home folder will prevent the user's My Documents folder from being updated correctly. Their H: drive network map will update, however when clicking on My Documents, still has the folder redirection to the old server, and is never updated. Found only that manually changing entry in registry to new path or deleting user profile and recreating seems to correct this....is there any way for this to be updated automatically, if so how?
-If a user's policy is updated, however for some reason they do not have the new path apply to their profile, as a result they work offline, never syncing with the server. The files are still available offline, and can be retrieved if running the CSCCMD command line....what happens to the currently cached offline files if the Offline Files folder policy is DISABLED? Will the offline files folder still remain, or will it be deleted when this policy is disabled? So if a user at one point had offline files, the policy is disabled, will I still be able to run the CSCCMD utility to retrieve files from the cache?
-Best practice/procedural question:
User's currently have home folder mapping to \\OLDserver\files\%username% with Offline Files Enabled and Folder Redirection configured as above
We want to change to \\NEWserver\files\%username% with Offline Files and Folder Direction Enabled as before. How do we avoid the Offline message once the OLDserver is brought offline? How do we prevent loss of Cached files/folders from local workstations in event that they previously were not synchornizing correctly with the server?
Also, what changes are there if any with regards to the way Server 2003 handles the Offline Files and Folder Redirection compared to Server 2008R2? (The new server will be 2008R2)
Sorry I know I jumped all over the place with the questions, but I'll help you break it down if need be. Thanks.