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Hi, I have just about completed my migration from sbs2003 to sbs2010. Thanks to the help on here everything has gone fine.

My question now is all my clients are windows 8.1 or 7. Is there a way to either re-direct or update users explorer favourites shortcuts to the new server path.

\\oldserver\share to \\newserver\share.

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David
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by:McKnife
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Hi.

You mean updating the shortcuts? Of course, use group policy preferences.
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Follow the steps bellow on the new server and then reboot the PC's or run gpupdate on all of them.
On the server go to Administrative Tools, Group Policy Management and under My Business, Users, SBS users right Click and create a new GPO call folder redirection.
Then go to the properties of that new GPO and go to User Configuration, Windows Settings, Folder Redirection. On the right pane right click on Favorites and go to properties and chose Basic and under root path enter the path of the share were you want the favorites to be saved.

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by:dlogan83
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Hi Thanks. Can I just double check. Users use file explorer and have created short cuts to network folders, each users had different shortcuts to different project folders such as \\oldserver\data\projectnumber

i want to update the \\oldserevr section of the shortcuts to \\nreserver\data\projectnumber

will this do this?
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Please think about using a DNS-Alias if oldserver is not used anymore.
Simply create an alias for oldserver pointing to the IP of newserver.

About updating shortcuts (which would not be needed with the DNS-alias):
If you know the names of the shorties your users have created, you can use the aforementioned GPPs to update those.
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What Mcknife suggested is the easy way as long as the UNC is the same other than the name of the server.
Example if the old one is \\oldserver\finance\report.doc and now it's \\newserver\finance\report.doc then open DNS manager and under FFW lookup zone create an A record like oldserver with the ip of the new one. Then go to a workstation and ping old server and you should get a reply from the new server Ip. If not do a  flush DNS. On that pc.
If you changed the UNC path and now you have \\newserver\financial\report.doc then that will not work.
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