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Migrating a my documents redirection share

Posted on 2011-09-18
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I currently have a GPO that has several thousand users redirecting their mydocs folder to \\server1\shares\%username%. I've configured a server called server2 using failover clustering and want to move all this data to \\server2\shares\%username%.

I want to do it with minimal user impact. I'm concernd that if I just update the group policy setting to point to the new share that I'll have thousands of machines moving data at the same time (I think if the GPO changes, the machine will automatically move data to the new share from the old one, right?). I want to aovid slowness and large amounts of network usage.

What's the best way to do this?
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If I was to do it, I'd configure DRS to replicate the two shares, and then change the policy overnight.  This way, the data is fully in sync with permissions already in place, and then it's just a minor change which switches them to the new path.

Once everybody is over and working great (verify by viewing open files on server1), then stop the DRS replication and decommission server1.
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by:Julian123
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Do you mean DFS?

What happens if I don't use DFS? I'd like to understand the user experience for that if we don't deploy it.
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Yes, sorry I meant DFS replication.

One thing that concerns me, is that the option "Move the contents of <folder name here> to the new location", which no doubt you'd have Enabled - I'm not sure if this will copy the data from the old redirected folder, or from the original folder.  This is why it would be safer to replicate the data first, and more importantly, not cause to much waiting time for users.

My guess is, if it does copy from the correct location to the new location, each user will have to wait while their data is being copied before their desktop is displayed.  People with huge amounts of redirected data could have a very long time to wait.

If you do not wish to use DFS, Then consider doing an overnight robocopy using the /COPYALL switch - this will ensure that all permissions are copied across as well as all files.  Don't forget the good old /E and /R:0 switch too :)
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