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Small Business Server 2008 - Migrating the Users folders - FolderRedirections, Shares - to a separate server

Posted on 2016-08-04
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Hi,
As part of preparing to migrate off Small Business Server 2008 I need to move the Users folder structures to a new separate domain server running Windows Server 2012.

i.e.
\Users\FolderRedirections\User01
\Users\Shares\User01

etc etc


Is there an automated way to do this ?
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Question by:Michael Green
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Just change the group policy to point to the new location the clients will copy from the source to the destination when the login/logoff
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by:Michael Green
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Group Policy name:     Small Business Server Folder Redirection Policy


Policy setting:

User Configuration (Enabled)hide
Policieshide
Windows Settingshide
Folder Redirectionhide
Desktophide
Setting: Basic (Redirect everyone's folder to the same location)hide
Path: \\SGS01\RedirectedFolders\%USERNAME%\Desktop
Optionshide
Grant user exclusive rights to Desktop Enabled
Move the contents of Desktop to the new location Enabled
Also apply redirection policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems Enabled
Policy Removal Behavior Restore contents

Documentshide
Setting: Basic (Redirect everyone's folder to the same location)hide
Path: \\SGS01\RedirectedFolders\%USERNAME%\My Documents
Optionshide
Grant user exclusive rights to Documents Enabled
Move the contents of Documents to the new location Enabled
Also apply redirection policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems Enabled
Policy Removal Behavior Restore contents

Musichide
Setting: Follow the Documents folder
Pictureshide
Setting: Follow the Documents folder
Start Menuhide
Setting: Basic (Redirect everyone's folder to the same location)hide
Path: \\SGS01\RedirectedFolders\%USERNAME%\Start Menu
Optionshide
Grant user exclusive rights to Start Menu Enabled
Move the contents of Start Menu to the new location Enabled
Also apply redirection policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems Enabled
Policy Removal Behavior Restore contents

Videoshide
Setting: Follow the Documents folder
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by:Michael Green
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I'm afraid I'm not comfortable with the idea that just getting users to log off and log back on again will copy all files for all users.

I would have thought the scenario would have been something like :

1. Copy all files and permissions to new server
2. Set up some sort of sync, robocopy etc
3. When all users are logged off.....modify the group policy settings to point the new location.....
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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You can robocopy but NOT delete the older share. The problem is that the user when they first login will be looking for their files in the OLD location and attempt to move these non-existent files to the new location.  In the future set up a DFS share and you can move the targets of the DFS share wherever and whenever you want.  This allows you the option of doing a robocopy /move

\\domain\users points to \\server1\users you want to change it to \\server2\whatever simply copy from \\server1\users -> \\server2\whatever and then change the target for \\domain\user to point to the new location.
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by:Michael Green
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Thanks David.  I was planning to look at  implementing DFS as part of this migration.

The next issue I have is the permissions SBS puts on the Users RedirectedFolders and Shares - specifically even as domain admins I'm prevented from seeing /accessing users sub-folders

e.g.
E:\Users\FolderRedirections\JohnSmith\Desktop
E:\Users\FolderRedirections\JohnSmith\My Documents
E:\Users\FolderRedirections\JohnSmith\Start Menu

Do I need to change/modify any of these permissions as part of trying to migrate this to another server ?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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NO use the /B (backup option in robocopy)
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Michael Green earned 0 total points
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I was told to use
Microsoft File Server Migration Toolkit 1.2
https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=10268

instead of RoboCopy.

Then modify the relevant group policy objects.

This seemed to work fine.
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