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Folder Redirection- 2008 Server

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I have been having some issues with Folder Redirection and was wondering if I should have the box checked "redirect the folder back to the local userprofile location when the policy is removed".  We have many users on notebooks that leave the building everyday.  I have users that go home and their desktop items and startmenu items are missing (Which maybe another issue to post a new question for.  I have notice that the "Desktop" folder is not syncing in the offline folders.

I am planning on replacing the server in a month.  I believe I may have some issues with the file security settings and would like to turn off the redirection and start over.  As I have not found any useful information on moving redirected folders from one server to another.
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I would recommend that you move all of the users documents from the old server to the new server manually and one by one you really don't want to loose employee files

1. Setup new user share on your new server.
2. Create a new security group in AD
3. Under Folder redirection in group policy setup advanced folder redirection and add your second group to the folder redirection with your new user share path
4. Make sure the user doesn't have any sync issues or errors and that the sync completed successfully.
5. Move user name into the newly created group in step 2
6. Wait a couple of minutes and run gpupdate /force on the client
7. After reboot the user should be pointed to the new location
8. Run Microsoft fix reinitialize the offline folder cache
9. From the old server move or copy the user files to ten new server

I would leave the check box for move files to original location un ticked, you don't want to be responsible for loosing someone's documents if something goes wrong rather be in charge of the whole operation.
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That information was very helpful.  I am considering opening a new question since you answered the other half of my post so I can award you the points.  

Right now we are having issues with Desktop items syncing along with start menu items.  A notebook user came in this morning and plugged his notebook in after leaving the office with it and his personal desktop items were missing (spreadsheets, etc).  At this point I am considering removing the policy all together and scrapping the Folder Redirection.  It isn't all the pc's, its here and there.  It is very hard to make sense of what is going wrong.

About a week ago, I had to update the path from (\\server\rdfolders\%username%) to (\\server.domain.local\rdfolders\...) in order for users to be able to see the folders. Now, this was NOT the case with Every User, some could, some couldn't.

**Do you think I should run the cash fix and see if it stabilizes?
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