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Move Remote Desktop Profile folders and Redirected user folders - Server 2008 R2

Posted on 2011-09-12
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
When creating my volumes for my users Remote Desktop Profile and redirected user folders in VMWare 4.1, I made the mistake of not making the block size large enough. I have all of our users data spanned across several volumes. I am fast approaching the limit of these volumes and need to increase.

I understand that once a block size is selected in VMware that it cannot be changed. If that is so, I need to relocate all of the Profiles and users data to a bigger volume.

Profile locations are defigned in AD under each users Remote Desktop Profile tab.
Folder redirection is set in Group policy.

How can I move/copy all of this data to a new volume and still retain the same permissions so there is no problem for the users?

When I make the new location live, I will use same Host\share name so GP and AD do not need to be changed.

Or if I am mistaken about not being able to increase block sizes, please correct me.
Question by:Mayogroup
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You are correct, the blocksize must be specified at the time of creating the datastore. So you must backup and move ALL the VMs off the datastore, delete the datastore and re-create the datastore with the correct blocksize as below

• 1MB block size – 256GB maximum file size
• 2MB block size – 512GB maximum file size
• 4MB block size – 1024GB maximum file size
• 8MB block size – 2048GB maximum file size

I would use Robocopy to Copy the Data from the Old disk to the new disk, which will retain the permissions.


But you could also use VMware Converter Standalone, to complete a V2V, which will convert/clone and increase the virtual disk at the same time.

Download VMware vCenter Converter here

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide

If you have issues, you may want to consult the following guides

Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.

Best Practice Video Guide here

Check the video here I created earlier, and you can see the process.



Author Comment

ID: 36522434
Thanks for that. V2V looks like the cleanest option.
However all I need to replicate is the Volume with the profiles/folders.

Each OS has 2 volumes. 1 for the OS, 1 for the D drive which has the profiles/folders. So maybe Robocopy will be easier.

Your thoughts?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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You can specify with V2V which volumes you want to copy and convert.
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Author Comment

ID: 36540860
minor problem.
Trying to user Robocopy. The users folders are all restricted. I can only access if I change ownership, add me int he security list and propagate to all child folders.
If I do this from the root users folder, I will overwrite all the users folder permissions.
Any ideas?

Author Comment

ID: 36597449
I would like to leave my OS volume as is. I have a 2nd volume mounted as the D drive which I would like to convert to a volume with a larger block size.
Can someone tell me how to use the VMware V2V convertor to convert just the 2nd volume? (D drive).
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 36598465
Use VMware Converter start the process and Wizard, and when you come to converting the drives, just select the D: drive.

Author Comment

ID: 36602576
Will anything happen to the source drive after it completes? eg incase something goes wrong and I need to revert?

Author Comment

ID: 36602602
What is the full name of the converting tool? VMWare VSphere Converter?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
ID: 36604866
When specifiying the Drives to Migrate/Convert, only the drives you select will be converted to the new machine.

So the resulting final machine will just be a converted extended drive, that you will need to manually add to your old VM. As you are only converting one Drive to a New VM.

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone is the name of the tool.


Author Comment

ID: 36607847
Great stuff.
So for this example:
Volume 1 is the C Drive (OS and will not be touched)
Volume 2 is mounted as the D drive (drive that needs to be converted as the block size is too small)
Volume 3 is mounted as the E drive (new drive to convert data off D drive too. Has much larger block size)

Does this sound right? Will this work?

Author Comment

ID: 36609642
I can't convert from/to same VM.
I will need to create a new VM by the looks of it and convert the whole thing.

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