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My Docs folder redirection

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I am running windows server 2008 R2, and windows server 2003, windows 7 and XP clients.

I got my documents folder redirection to work (it points the my documents to the new server), but the problem I am having is that it doesn't actually move the files over.

Anybody know why?
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by:MikeyLLB
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Can you force a synchronisation from the client? AFAIK the files will not be moved until the user logs in and/or out and a synchronisation of their "Offline Files" takes place.
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by:afacts
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I've already tried to log on and off a few times, doesn't do anything.
WHat do you mean by AFAIK?
I made sure that "work online" is selected.
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by:MikeyLLB
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AFAIK = As far as I know.

Has the GPO been applied? Try running "gpupdate /force" on the server AND the client machine.

The logoff/logon
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by:afacts
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Yes, I've applied gpupdate /force on the server.
Whats strange is, it points the documents to the right place, the new server, and it creates "my music", "my pictures" and "my videos", folders, but it does not move anything else over.
Since it redirects the documents to the new server, I know the policy is applied.
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by:MikeyLLB
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Try a manual sync, if this fails you may have to do a manual copy.

Start > Accessories > Synchronise
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by:afacts
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The problem is, if it fails for every use, I have like 70 users and I don't want to manually move everything over for every user, as something is wrong.
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I did what you said, I syncronized manually, but still it didn't do anything.
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by:afacts
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I did a rsop.msc, and I get this error message, which is worthless.
gperror3.jpg
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by:afacts
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I did a gpresult /Z >c:\gpresult.txt
and I didnt see anything where there's an error message.
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by:MikeyLLB
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You may have to manually copy the profiles to the new location, I would try this with a single account and see if it works correctly, if so. Copy the rest. Other than that, I'm out of suggestions on this one.
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by:afacts
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What do you mean copy the profile, you mean copy everything is in everyone's "my documents" over to the new server?
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Can you copy from the old server -> new server?
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what do you mean by copy from the old server to the new, you mean all the contents of the my docuemnts?  Of course I can copy it manually, using robocopy, but that's not the point, the point is that group policy should move all the documents over, or at least copy them to the new location and I can't figure out why it's not working.
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Do you have the "Move the contents of < redirected folder name> to the new location" option selected?
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yes
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Okay,

So, turns out, if, when removing the old redirection settings, you didn't tell the GPO to "move files back to original location" you're left with copying manually. Because folder redirection only copies from a local profile. It won't copy from the old network location to the new one.
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by:afacts
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are you sure, so all my users have their my docs stored on \\oldserver\userdocs
and I need group policy to move them to the \\newserver\userdocs location

Are you saying group policy won't move them?  Why not?
Also, I noticied that it did move over my pictures, my music and my videos, well, maybe it didn't move them, but it created new folders for them.

Do you have a microsoft article stating this?
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The folder creation is a great sign because it shows that the new policy is working, the trouble is that your new policy is looking for a local user profile to copy...
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well, how do I fix that?
I guess, will it hurt anything, if Just use robocopy and move each folder over one by one?
with robocopy, it will preserve the permissions, but I just wish that it would work from network location to another network location.
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by:MikeyLLB
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I can work from network location to network location as long as you're prepared.

What you would to is set it to "move to original location" when the old GPO is removed.

Give it a couple of days or make sure ALL users have logged in/out.

Then turn on the new policy.

However in this case, the manual copy won't hurt at all as long as you can retain permissions and ownership of the files/folders.
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by:afacts
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well, the problem with that is the my docs is not backed up on each individual PC.
I think it might be just faster or easier with more precision if I just move them over using robocopy, as I coordinate it, department by department.
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The steps I mentioned previously would mean that the "My Docs" are only on the local PC inbetween being moved to the new location, it's useless and cumbersome to do it the "windows way" and  FAR easier to just manually copy.
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So are you saying to use robocopy to copy the data over?

If I set the settings to go back to the original location, how would I do that?
Also, I think that might open the door for more issues, right?
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by:MikeyLLB
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Essentially, you'd be re-creating your old GPO, with the option of "Redirect the folder back to the user profile location when policy is removed" set to "Enabled". So yeah, more issues would definitely be created doing this, plus you'd then have to wait for user login/logout for this GPO to apply, only then would you be able to apply your new GPO.

Yes, robocopy is your quickest route to accomplishing what you need.
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by:afacts
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Thanks for your help, I'll just use robocopy to move everything over, department by department.
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