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How to backup user folders on folder redirection

Posted on 2014-04-24
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Please can someone suggest a way to locally backup the user folders on an active directory setup where users are storing 'my documents, my pictures, desktop etc' on the server by way of a folder redirection policy.

A simple copy and paste doesnt work and a few backup programs i have tried simply copy empty folders.
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by:epichero22
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I would run the backup software on the server, and you can program the backup software to do its thing on the actual folders where the user data is stored.

Edit: If you're trying to run the backup software on the local machine, try using the UNC path instead of the local path.  For example, if you're redirecting the

C:\users\bob\documents
to
\\server\bob\documents,

program the backup software with \\server\bob\documents.
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by:dh1james
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i would like to run the backup software on the server due to the number of users

for testing i have been using cobian backup and also handy backup

i set the source directory as f:\users\ann.jones\*.* including subdirectories

i set the destination directory as g:\user_backups\

it completes the backup successfully (in logs) but all it copies are the directories, for example

g:\user_backups\ann.jones\desktop or g:\user_backups\ann.jones\my documents

im guessing that this is a permissions issue as when i navigate to these folders (logged in as domain administrator on server) i am unable to view these directories?
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by:KCTS
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Just back-up the server using your back-up software - if you run the backup with an appropriate account (eg backup operators), there should be no issues.
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dh1james earned 0 total points
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I've actually resolved this issue...

When i originally setup folder redirection using the Global Policies I market 'exclusive rights' to the user which was preventing anyone including domain administrator as accessing or in this case backing up.

Having gone through and removed this option for each folder i want to backup (desktop, documents, pictures, downloads) I can now backup using my choice of backup software

Thanks to those who have already replied
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by:dh1james
ID: 40029091
By doing further research about permissions and folder redirection i found a comment about 'exclusive rights' which pointed me in the right direction.
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