We are completing a migration from an SBS 2003 environment with mixed XP and 7 computers, over to Windows Server 2012 R2.
Our environment was a bit messy, and in the past many users had a Home Folder configured in Active Directory (Under the user's properties in Active Directory, under Account->Home Folder, it was set to map the "I:\" drive to a share on the SBS 2003 server). Some users had folder redirection, and so the home folder data would appear in the My Documents folder. Other users did not and it showed up as a separate mapped network drive, I:\. As you can imagine, people's documents were *all over the place* and it was quite confusing.
We've transitioned the environment and cleaned everything up, and now it is set up as follows:
All workstations are running a deployed image of Windows 7 Pro
All users have folder redirection turned on.
All folders redirected to our fileserver (\\companyfileserver\usershares\%username%). Permissions are correct. The data has already been migrated. Documents, Music, Videos, AppData, Favourites, Desktop etc. are all redirected.
Some of the users still have their old "Home Folder" configured, pointing at the share on the SBS 2003 server. These users do not have any important documents in there anymore, but they see it as the I:\ drive.
Additionally, the user's %userprofile% environment variable on the computers still points to C:\Users\%username%. This folder is usually mostly empty on the local computer. Sometimes this is annoying because some group policies and scripts assume that the "Documents" or "Desktop" or "Appdata" folders can be reached as a subfolder under the %userprofile%, folder e.g. "%userprofile%\Documents".
These scripts have a bad time.
So here's what I'm wondering:
- Should I configure the "Profile Path", or "Home Folder" for the users to point to the user's share on the new fileserver? Both? Neither?
What are the ramifications of changing the Home Folder or Profile Path?
- Should I just remove the home folder specification from the user settings in active directory?