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Since server 2008 and windows 7 renames a users folder on the server to My Documents,  I tried renaming one of the folders to the user name.  It renamed all the My Documents to the name I was trying to rename it to.  I quickly did an Undo and they appeared to go back, however when I went into the folder it was a different name. (see attached document)  Not only that,  the name in the folder (there were over 100 folders changed) was a different name then I tried to rename it to in the first place.  I was originally trying for the username ADunn, not ZRaefski.  I was doing this through the Network location, not signed onto the server itself.

My question is:  How can I safely rename all the files to correspond with the correct students.  I did a test of a few students in a test folder, (while signed onto the server this time) and it appeared to work, however I would  really like an expert opinions.  If the files are not renamed,  the student will have lost their documents.  I tested signing on as one of the students and it did not find the original My documents folder.
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Are you using roaming profiles?
This behaviour is by design, more information in this document.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947222
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I had already read the article from the link you recommend, and that helps with how to avoid having it default to My Documents once my issue is corrected.  What I need to know is how to rename the files to their original owners so they can see their documents when they log on.  Or is it safe to log onto the server as the admin and rename the folders individually.  (These are elementary school students, and they only log on once a week, and do not have much in their folders. )
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I'd take a snapshot using shadow copy, rename 1-2 folders manually and log in as those students. I do not have similiar set up in my testing lab, can't be 100% sure but it should work once you rename them manually
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