Moving profiles from an old 4.5 farm to a 6.5 farm

Hello, we have a few users that are being moved manually from an ol 4.5 farm to a new 6.5 XenApp farm.  We are manually moving their profiles over by copying the favorites and the desktop shortcuts.  The My Documents folder was not used on the old farm, so we are skipping that.

We had Microsoft Office 2010 on the old farm, and we have it on the new farm.  We are finding that many users are very reliant on their 'recent files' listings in both word and excel.

Can these lists be copied from the old profile to the new?  Where are they stored?

Thanks
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
The recent items are stored in the following location in the new profile structure:

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items

Note that AppData is a hidden file.

Please also note that when you migrate the profiles you have to take into consideration the profile differences between 2003 and 2008 (V1 vs. V2).
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Casey HermanCitrix EngineerCommented:
I wrote a script and published it to the desktop and put the ownership of that task on the user, made an announcement to the managers and they handled it on their own. Here is what my script looked like. I did it with robocopy.  I used GPO policy to copy robocopy to C:\windows\system32. Then I published a script that contained the following.

@echo on
Robocopy \\SourceServer\users\%username%\WINDOWS\Favorites \\DestinationServer\XAUsers\%username%\Favorites /z /s /xf thumbs.db *.tmp *.temp *.cfg *.ini /eta /v /w:1 /r:2

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So what this will do is make sure the profile is built on the destination server before they try the copy and permissions do not get jacked.

You can modify this to handle the desktop shortcuts and what not as well.

-Casey
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Casey HermanCitrix EngineerCommented:
Note that you should get the users off the "Document" history method. Outlook gets its history from exchange so you are good there.

Now.. Moving forwards if you are unable to save history in the new XA 6.5 farm you need to look at implementing Universal Profile Management. This will grab all the settings and what not that Roaming profiles do not capture. It also speeds up logins and applying group policies.  It is also free to use with your citrix implementation.



-Casey
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snyperjAuthor Commented:
Mutawadi wrote:

The recent items are stored in the following location in the new profile structure:

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent Items


Found that, but I am not able to find where they would have been on the old farm which is more of an XP format..(i.e. Documents and Settings folders instead of 'Users' folders...)
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Ayman BakrSenior ConsultantCommented:
That would be under

C:/Documents and settings/%username%/Recent

Again you need to enable hidden folders to see it.
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snyperjAuthor Commented:
I found both folders, and thought I was home free... but 'Recent Items' is a read only folder that I cannot paste into, even if I right click and unclick the 'read' property...it won't allow me to write to it.  ...
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snyperjAuthor Commented:
Casedog... thanks for the posts, I am not much into scripting and have never used robocopy and not familiar with it... but would something like that overcome the read only properties of the Recent Items folder?  If so, I can delve into it.  I have a about 25 profiles I need to do and would like to just bang them out one after the other...
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Casey HermanCitrix EngineerCommented:
Robocopy is bulletproof. Probably the best commandline copy util out there.

It will copy everything including permissions.

at the command prompt you can run

robocopy /?
To get all the options or check this out here.

http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html

Robocopy can grab all attribs and permissions. Just depends on what flags.

Just make sure when you copy it that permissions move with those files else they will have yours/administrators permissions on it and the users will not be able to access their files until you fix the permissions.


-Casey
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