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Posted on 2013-01-30
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The scenario is simple enough:  Two Remote Desktop Services servers that are utilizing Folder Redirection and redirection users' Documents to one server.  We need to change the location they are being directed and point it towards a new server.

What is the easiest/best way to do this?
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by:Metaltree
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Two options:
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If this is only terminal server users, you would set the network share location of each users profile under the tab "Remote Desktop Services profile" in AD Users & Computers.
With this step, there would be a manually file cut afterwards that would have to take place for each user profile.

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If you'd like this to be the same as users with desktops, you would want to create a group policy: (or you can create a separate OU for Remote Desktop Users so only they are affected)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786749(v=ws.10).aspx

There will be an option to move files from old to new location
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by:Metaltree
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Personally, if it is only RDP/TS users, I would go option 1, it is the most simple. However, they would not have the same files on a desktop or laptop unless you had a separate policy pointing at the same location.
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by:Brad Bouchard
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I was hoping to get input from other users as the answers you've provided are things we've already looked at.  What I'm looking for is a step by step guide that says here is how to move the location from the old server to the new one.  Old server being the server currently housing the drive that folder redirection redirects to.  I want to simply move where their stuff is redirecting; i.e. to the new server's hard drive/folder.
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You'll want to setup the main share location, then...
Once that is done, you'll want to use something to cut the files, such as robocopy.

Robocopy will maintain folder structure, permissions, and you can do a differential over and over until you're ready to cut. I usually do all of this from the administrative shares.

Once you've done your initial robocopy and you're ready to cut:
Make sure nobody is logged into terminal services, turn off the shares so users cant access it  during the final cut and then do your cut using the administrative shares.

Once the cut is complete, update your group policy or scripts that control where their redirection/profiles are pointing with the new server location.
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by:Brad Bouchard
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Ok, that sounds a lot better.  I'll give that a try and let you know the results.
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by:Brad Bouchard
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I will try this out later this week or early next week and let you know the results.  Thanks.
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by:Metaltree
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I usually use something like this for my robocopy:

robocopy source destination /e /z /copyall /r:0 /w:0
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by:Brad Bouchard
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I apologize for taking so much longer to get around to this than I expected.  I will perform the procedure next week or the week after and let you know the results.  Thanks.
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by:Brad Bouchard
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Again sorry for the delay... Trying the suggestions next week...
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by:Brad Bouchard
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I did your suggestion with a little variance.
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