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Best way to change My Document redirection for only some users.

Posted on 2011-03-24
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I currently have all our users My Documents folders redirected to one of our MS 2008 Servers. There is a need to change things slightly so that a portion of those users have their My Documents redirected to a different server.

Current Setup
MS Server 2008
Group Policy Object is set to apply to all users in a specific OU
Location: \\server11\MyDocs

My question is this, for the users who's My Documents location will be changing (\\Server22\MyDocs)will the redirected folders automatically be moved to the new server by the client computers or will I need to manually move them?

If I have to manually move them, what is the best way to do it and keep security permissions (currently they are set to "Grant user exclusive rights" so I don't have rights to them)
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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Although it can cause other issues, what I would recommend doing is (at least temporarily) to remove the "Grant exclusive rights" setting so that you can gain access to the folders on the server and move them manually. Other methods I've tried, or heard about other people trying, have not worked that well and in the long run it was easier to move the users' folders manually from one location to another, particularly if there is a fairly small number of users involved.
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by:AmbientIT
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I am changing the permissions in the new location so in the future this wouldn't be as big of a problem. The way I understand the "Grant exclusive rights" is if I change that option on the current GPO it would only effect any new users and not all the existing ones. If that is indeed the case then the problem I see with manually copying the files is that I have to take ownership of each folder move it and then change the owner back to the end user. I have around 50-70 users that this is going to effect. Unless there is some copy utility that can get around the permissions issue it is going to be a long weekend for me.
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Hypercat (Deb) earned 500 total points
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Yeah, that is quite a few users to handle manually! You should be able to get around the permissions issue by doing a backup and restore procedure instead of a copy procedure. Do you have backup software that you can use for this?
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Good idea. I will give that a try to see how well it works.
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