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Folder Redirection - SBS2003 to SBS2011

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In the existing SBS2003, the DESKTOP and MY DOCUMENTS folders are redirected to the SBS2003 server to a D: disk on the same server.

D:\Users\Desktop\<user>
D:\Users\MyDocuments\<user>

I've completed the mailbox migration step to the SBS2011 and about to do the final steps to shutdown the SBS2003 server this weekend.

Instead of these folders living on the SBS2011 server this time around, I am going to copy these folders (and permissions) to a file server so the SBS2011 server doesn't have to deal with the redirected folders traffic.

By updating the folder redirection policy on the SBS2011 server, will the clients pickup the group policy change for the DESKTOP and MY DOCUMENTS folder redirection automatically?

I get the sense that is going to require some additional work other than just changing the folder redirection policy.

How will or shoudl this be done?


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In the perfect world, the client will pick up the change after you edi the group policy... Since we are far away from the perfect world, you will want to read this article to learn how to force client machine to update group policy and things prevent group policy update correctly

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/How-Force-Remote-Group-Policy-Processing.html
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Yes, there is always a catch and figured it wouldn't be that easy ... I'll read it over further and try out one of the suggestions listed and see how it goes.
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So it appears that even if you go on the client and do a GPUpdate /force, the client still uses the original redirected folders. Not sure if this is an issue with WinXP Pro, but it just seems to ignore the folder redirect change.

Is there a catch regarding this?
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Any other ideas short of editing the registry on each machine to fix the change in redirection?

It seems that some machines updated completely, partially or not at all. All desktops are identical, they all are based on the same sysprep image, yet each one has change inconsistantly.

If I activate a new desktop, then all redirections are correct.

It seems that once set, it appears hard to force the change in redirection. Even when you do a forced GPUpdate.
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Funny, some desktops redirection changed on their own totally, some change just the desktop redirection and some not at all.

I basically used a registry find and replace to locate the old \\oldservername\ to the \\newservername\ and that has fixed the desktop issue and removed the last of the dependancies to the old server.

I used RegReplace to do the job.
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