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SBS 2008 & Windows 7 Hard Drive Failure & Folder Redirection

Posted on 2014-01-22
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I have a Windows 7 computer that has a failing hard drive, and I need to replace it.  The current user is able to work for the time being, but its a matter of time before the hard drive completely fails.  This user has folder redirection enabled on his profile.

I want to know if its a matter of logging off the computer with his account, so that the changes are replicated to the server, replacing the hard drive, install the operating system and apps, and then log back into the sbs domain.

I am not sure if I remove the computer from the SBS dashboard, and then rejoin it with the same name, or simply leave the machine in the SBS dashboard and attempt rejoining the domain with the same computer name.  

I am concerned if the user logs in the first time after the hard drive is replaced, and there is nothing there that it will replicate to the server wiping everything out.  

I simply need to know what will happen to folder redirection when a client computer hard drive fails for a given account.
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by:Olaf De Ceuster
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Fix machine and install OS (make sure the OS is a Pro version)
Run the http://connect wizard to join the machine. i will give it a unique name. You should NOT reuse the same name.
In wizard  add the user as an admin . machine will restart twice.
On second restart logon might take a while because it will be making a copy locally of your files.
(Machine name is not important, user however is and can be installed on any machine in the domain)
Hope that helps,
Olaf.
Delete the old machine when you are happy its not required anymore.
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by:cmp119
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Okay I won't reuse the same name for the computer.  That's no big deal.  Installing Windows 7 Pro is no problem either.  Joining the computer via http://connect is fine as well.

When you state in wizard add the user as an admin. machine will restart twice.

What does add user as an admin mean exactly?  Do you have any screenshots of this so that I may reference.  I just want to ensure this users folder redirection transfers over to the computer and does not wipe it out.  Thanks.
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Olaf De Ceuster earned 500 total points
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Make sure the user is a local admin on the new machine (Will ask you in the wizard- standard user is the default).
It's not a necessity but makes things easier for the redirects. Once machine is joined you can reset that user on that machine back to a standard user.
Note this is "Not a domain" admin, only local in regards to the local machine.
Hope that makes sense?
Olaf
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by:cmp119
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Thank you!
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Any time.
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