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Disable Offline Files and copy all data to the laptop on 200 computers

Posted on 2014-09-29
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We have 200 computers redirecting My Documents to the a home folder and being synced to the laptop for offline files.  I need to disable offline files and copy all the data to the laptop for them to have locally.  I'll be backing up each laptop once that is done.
End result is all users will have their Documents local on the laptop and deleted from the server.   I need to do this automatically because we have 200 laptops to do this on.

Is there a way?
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by:Matthew Borrusso
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No matter how you slice it, this is going to be a time suck and not be fun at all. That being said, here is a way to give it a go.

Please double check this in a lab, I may not be 100% correct, but this should certainly give you direction.
Change the users home directory to a local directory ie c:\users\%username%\"My Documents".
Allow this to propagate, test behavior.
Then change your GPO to redirect mydocuments to this local home directory, there should be an option in the gpo to transfer files.

This process should change the location for the My Documents, but also move the files for you as well.

You may need to instruct your users to allow the process to finish, Users like to power off in the middle of these transfer cause they do not want to wait. It may make sense to create an OU with this redirection policy, drop users in as necessary to migrate, when done just bind the GPO to where the users normally go.. or Bind the GPO to the user OU's on a smaller scale and then bind to a top level once the lower levels have  already completed.

Again, verify this will work in the lab first, and try with a small batch of test users in your production environment first.. Just to make sure things occur in the right order and flow properly.

Matt
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by:cridog
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How can I change all users home directories to a local directory?  Do I need to go into each user in Active Directory and make that change?  Is there a GPO that will do that too?
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by:Matthew Borrusso
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It depends on how you are setup. This should work using the dsa.msc without issue.
You can bulk edit your users, really easy to change multiple users:
http://serverfault.com/questions/67716/active-directory-batch-editing-home-folders

or you can do via login script. should be able to do via either login script or automation tool from within active directory.
If you have a login script specified for a user, then your golden, if not...
a reference for you that may fit your needs if neither of the above work.
http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/816313

There are also pay for tools and additional methods, but I cant see you not getting sorted with one of these methods.

Id prefer to have this in my account setting, just in case the script fails to run, This parts not the miserable part, it will be the folder redirection.. if my memory serves me correctly, its as bad as the offline files synchronization in terms of speed.
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I'm testing... Thanks
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Good Luck, I hope it works out.
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Had to do manually
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