Solved

Documents folder missing after redirection path changed!

Posted on 2014-10-07
4
207 Views
Last Modified: 2014-10-10
We have a Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller/File server. Documents Folder redirection was configured in group policy initially to \\domain\home$\ We had some issues with new computers folders not redirecting and changed it to the fully qualified name \\domain.local\home$\ The checkbox to copy files to the new location is checked and when users logged on their computers sat at the Welcome Screen while documents were migrated even tho they didn't really move only the path way to get there changed.

This fixed the issues we had with Folder redirection with new users but caused me to have to restore from backup other users document folders.  

This has happened at two different locations and it's starting to get scary! I have good backups going back 90 days but I would like to get to the bottom of this. Why does simply chaining the computer name to the FQDN cause files to go missing?
0
Comment
Question by:jasonc74
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 25

Accepted Solution

by:
Lionel MM earned 500 total points
ID: 40368249
I think the problem is the "home$" stipulation--do you have a share setup where all the users are directed to? If so try that instead and if not tray creating a share and then redirect to \\servename\sharename instead of \\domain.local\home$\ I am sure you have read all you want to on the subject already but just in case here are some details on how-to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732275.aspx
0
 

Author Comment

by:jasonc74
ID: 40368487
I will read it again. I have used an administrative share for the Home folder for the last 15 years without any issue. The $ is in the actual share name.
0
 
LVL 25

Assisted Solution

by:Lionel MM
Lionel MM earned 500 total points
ID: 40368771
That may be true by the $ share is used to hide a share and generally used for admin purposes and somewhere in Windows server 2008 or R2 and in Win7 these were removed as default shares so that is why I am suggesting that the $ share may be the issue. It would be quick and easy to test by giving it a non hidden admin share name and seeing if the problem persists.
0
 

Author Comment

by:jasonc74
ID: 40373182
This is something I really don't want to test when it comes to years of peoples documents going missing. For the mean time I've changed the path back to just the server name and not the FQDN of the server, and un-checked the box to move documents to the new location in group policy.

I wasn't aware of the change with Win 7 and Server 2008 R2.

Thanks for your help!
0

Featured Post

Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

On some Windows 7 (SP1) computers, Windows Update becomes super slow even the computer is reasonably fast.  There's one solution that seemed to have worked well for me (after trying a few other suggested solutions).
It’s been over a month into 2017, and there is already a sophisticated Gmail phishing email making it rounds. New techniques and tactics, have given hackers a way to authentically impersonate your contacts.How it Works The attack works by targeti…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a introduction in two parts how to utilize Windows Live Movie Maker to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 operating system.
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.

749 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question