Effects of changing the location in the Group Policy for redirected folders

I have recently deployed folder redirection on a server 2008 R2 network.  There is only one server on this network, so it is AD DC
All work stations are running windows 10.
Prior to invoking folder redirection, the system was running roaming profiles.  The profile was set to \\namespace\users\ and a directory was first created as \\name space users\%username%.  after first log on in windows 10 the appropriate .v5 or .v6 directory was created and the user profile resided there.
After deploying folder redirection, I indicated the basic setting and directed "create folder for each user under root path" which I indicated would be \\namespace\users. All files were moved to \\namespace\users\%username% instead of \\namespace\users\%username%.v6.
The permissions were correct on the moved folders, so that was good.  The challenge is that this folder is used for collecting other items such as from a scanner, various backup scenarios etc. so is looking very cluttered.

I would like to have the folders redirected to a different location such as \\namespace\profiles\%username%.  If I edit the policy to reflect this, will the data be moved to the new location or will I need to do that manually.  Are there any other known repercussions of changing the location?  Will I need to change the location in roaming profiles to reflect any changes in folder redirection?
WilfAsked:
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arnoldCommented:
To alter a fold redirection policy you must first do the following:
1) make sure the settings on the folder redirection GPO are to copy back thedata when it no longer applies to the user.
2) after propagation of these changes, you have to revoke this policy from applying to the users
3) based on the GPO settings in item2, the folders will be copied back to the user profile.
4) a new folder redirection policy with a new location with the settings mentioned in two needs to be created and applied.

Commonly the stracture/layout
\\namespace\profiles\%username%
\\namespace\userfolders\%username%


You seemingly we're getting redirected folders back into the same location as the profile.
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WilfAuthor Commented:
To revoke the policy [the settings are set to copy back]  would one change the policy from basic to not configured and then run gpudate /force on the server and at each work station?
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arnoldCommented:
Un apply or exclude the GPO from applying to a user on whom you are testing. Upon login following the change, the user should revert and have all the data back in their profile.

potentially, though I think the GPO is the basis for , changing to not configured still means the GPO applies with a different new setting.
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WilfAuthor Commented:
I have taken one folder in the folder Redirection path and changed the setting to not configured.  I applied, then did a gpudate /force on the server.  Went to the test computer, logged on, did a gpudate /force on the test computer. logged off as instructed, and logged back on again.  Left the computer for a couple of hours, but the folder that should have been redirected back to the test computer did not get redirected.  It is still on the server.  Any thoughts?
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arnoldCommented:
I believe the rule "Redirect the folder back to the local userprofile when policy is removed."

You're changing from setting a value for a redirect of a folder to  not configured does not meet the "Policy is removed" condition.

Add the test user into a DENY access to this policy. and see what happens.
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WilfAuthor Commented:
Would removing the user from the redirected group have the same effect?  I have not been able to find a process to add the test user into a DENY access to this policy
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WilfAuthor Commented:
would another option be to set the rule in folder Redirection to the local userprofile location and once all of the folders are removed, then delete the GPO, recreate a GPO for the location that I want?  I assume this would put the folders back in \\namespace\users\%username%.v6??
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arnoldCommented:
Do not delete the GPO.
Deleting the GPO would potentially meet the rule, but I would advise against it.
Yes, removing the user from the security filter, security group, by which a determination is made should trigger the user on logon to get the redirected folders back into the local profile.
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WilfAuthor Commented:
Some folders moved, but documents, favorites, videos did not.  
in event viewer id 514 Successfully removed policy for folder "Videos"'  Removal options =0x20001211
Same for documents


Any thoughts?
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WilfAuthor Commented:
I am closing this question, as I will work on it on another weekend when I can have more time to complete the testing.  I believe the two chosen solutions will work.

thanks for your assistance
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arnoldCommented:
The folder redirection has to parts, the classic desktop, documents (My documents),appdata(application settings), and start menu going back to windows/server 2000 version if not earlier
The newer ones picture, music, videos, downloads, searches, etc. that are after vista ...... windows 2008,
the handling of the older potentially requires the removal of the GPO while on the newer, a change might be sufficient.....

the possibility that you are trying a partial revokation that could cause issues. i.e. this folder but not this folder, if one is dependent on the other ........
IMHO unless you use the advanced redirect option, the simple redirect all to the same location and structure it to separate the profiles from the folders, commonly the path to which the folders are redirected can be auto-mapped to the user as their home drive using the AD user settings.
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