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Folder redirection is all screwed up!!

Posted on 2015-01-23
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We have a system that has been completely fubared by multiple hands and improper migration techniques, and I'm hoping the fix isn't as bad as it sounds to me (manually mapping and migrating every single system by hand).

Old environment was an SBS 2003 Server running file services

New environment has a 2012R2 Standard server as the only domain controller, and a 2012R2 Standard server running DFS for file shares.

Apparently they robocopied the data from SBS 2003 to the 2012R2 file server, and set it up under DFS shares. During the end of this transition the old SBS server failed, hard. The 2012R2 domain controller was already online and acting as an AD server, but they weren't replicating properly. Due to this, most of the old GPO's were lost (which was pretty  much just the folder direction policy).

They set up a new redirection policy, hoping that they would just attach to the new shares. It didn't work it seems, nothing will attach to the newly moved shares and migrate the data from the PC onto the share.

So here's where they are at. They have data under C:\user\DOcuments. They have data that was migrated to where we want their new shares to be. We want this data to just magically jive! But I can't get the shares to work, due to what I believe is a permissions issue. They told me that when migrated, creator owner was lost, so they went and manually set all 315 folders to the appropriate user's username as the owner of the folder on the file server. I'm not sure what is right to get this to work. I've attached two logs as to what a client computer complains about in event viewer when they log in.
Application-Log.txt
Folder-Redirection-Operational-Log.txt
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Question by:Casey Weaver
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by:brendanmeyer
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were they using offline files?
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by:Casey Weaver
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Yes, all files are intact on user stations. But the data is really mixed up as day to day users would be placed at various stations. So parts of student 3 may be on 25 different desktops.
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by:brendanmeyer
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this is unsupported by MS, but how I would likely do this, and it will likely take a fair bit of time

i would test this on one computer first

get an explorer program like Commander or TreeSize
run it as administrator
browse to c:\windows\CSC and copy the data from there to a separate folder on a external USB/server (this will back all the data up) - you should be able to see all the users data that is in the offline files database
--- also you may have to take ownership of all those files\folders

make sure you have all the data and that you are able to access the files and that they open

then you can delete the files for the user under the CSC folder

try logging on to the user, and see if the roaming folders resync properly

if it doesn't you may have to format the offline files database for that computer
http://www.networknet.nl/apps/wp/archives/1093

if it works, you can try for another computer
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I got it to work by clearing the library location on the computers. This allowed the GPO to process and create the link to the new server. Files still had to be manually moved. I'm not sure this is really a solution, but the system was so screwed up by previous admins there was no choice but to role up the sleeves and get manual with it. Thank you for your help everyone.
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by:Casey Weaver
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Found my own solution through manual labor and trial and error. Not really a solution as we would see it in the IT world.
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