Transfer Redirected Folders from SBS 2011 to 2012 Standard

Posted on 2013-10-07
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I have a customer with transient electrical issues in a fairly new Server. After 2 power outages without adequate protection the server is becoming less and less reliable.  I added a new Server 2012 Standard server to the domain, elevated it to DC, and transferred all Shared Directories to the new server.  The last step before I decommission the old machine is to transfer the "Redirected" folders, which is my issue.  How do I make the new server responsible for these directories with minimal impact on the customer?  My first inclination would be to turn off redirection, allow the files to return to the host machine, then turn enable the feature on the new server. The issue there is that when I tested this on a single user the files did not return to the host machine.  Is there some way I haven't thought of to pipe this data from one machine to the other without a PhD in GPO?

Thanks in advance,

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The system might not have updated its policy when it comes to turning off the Redirect on the SBS server.  I would do exactly as you stated above and thats what I have done.  Turn off folder redirection on the users for SBS, let the data replicate back and verify their folders are no longer redirected.  The thing it all depends on if you move the roles already from the SBS to the 2012.  Your systems might be looking for the GP from the 2012 server rather than the SBS so in essence it is stuck.

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I have disabled the GPO, but the files are not returning to the PCs as they should. If they do, won't they be deleted from the server automatically? How else would you know if the policy has functioned as expected?
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Could you not use xcopy to transfer the folders and files to the new server, decommission the old one, then rename the new one to the old one?

It would help if you had a third box to become the DC as a temporary solution so you don't have to mess around with renaming DCs on the old or new box.

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Thanks again for your responses.

It was in fact an old GPO from the previous domain that was applying redirection. Eliminating the old policies and creating a new one resolved the issue.

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