Relocating file-shares. Best way to update user accounts.

We are relocating where our main fileshare is located as well as where user home directories are stored.  Most users have a mapped-drive S that points to our main fileshare.  What is the easiest (best) way to make sure that when all users login on the day after the relocation, drive S points to the new location and that their "My Documents" points to the correct location as well?  We are using Active Directory with mixed Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 R2 servers.  All clients are on Windows 7.
PhilshAsked:
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
How is drive s mapped now--GPO or logon script with a "net use" command. What is the "best" way depends on personal experience and comfort level. I do all my drive mapping by scripts but you will find many experts here who swear by GPO. With GPO you can control both user's home directory, change locations for My Documents, and map network drives. Which approach are you most familiar with?
Folder redirection GPO
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782799%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
Redirect My Documents to Home Directory
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc783674%28v=ws.10%29.aspx
Map Network Drives
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770902.aspx
Guy LidbetterCommented:
Hi Philsh,

Are you using DFS or simple file shares?

The easiest way is to keep the same share name, however if your share includes a specific server name, this gets more difficult as you would need to update your redirection Policy\Script or (Hopefully not) manually assigned AD attribute.

Regards

Guy
PhilshAuthor Commented:
Currently we are using simple shares.  I would like to use DFS from here forward.  I am willing to use either GPO or scripts.  Where does the script get run?
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
I run my scripts from the logon,bat set in user's profiles in AD, but they can also be set to run from GPO in logon or startup script settings. Have you familiarized yourself with DFS and know what it is and how it works? https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj127250.aspx. For me it was very different to use and implement.

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PhilshAuthor Commented:
Yes, I have been reading about it.  Not fully understood but I like the idea of not being dependent on the exact server location of shares.
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
My opinion on general drive mapping - GPO (Preferences) is much easier in the long run.  Especially when you move files around.  However, if your users already have drives mapped manually, that will cause some conflicts and the GPO may not work properly until the manual drive mappings are removed. Using the "Replace" option rather than "Update" or "Create" on the preference settings I think will make it work more smoothly if that's the case.
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