Successfully migrated SBS2003 to Windows Standard 2012 R2. Simple network setup - single domain, subnet, location, 35x Win7 Pro x64 PC’s and 5x Win7 Pro x64 Laptops. All Dell hardware and a few managed switches. Single business cable internet connection a single Firewall/Router. We successfully implemented the Essentials Role to use Remote Desktop Services - works great. Almost all users have a primary desktop.
All appears well and we have successfully retired the SBS box. One of the few remaining tasks is to re-implement Redirected Folders (which worked great in 2003). Prior to the migration, we removed the existing SBS GPO for Redirected Folders and moved all redirected data back to the user’s local drive (and archived a copy on the server as a backup).
Enabling the Folder Redirection GPO that comes packaged with the Essentials Role seems to work as designed when I test it out however….. our few laptop users are used to working with their offline files until they return to the office where it sync’s and all is well. It is my experience of this new GPO that it does not cache or use offline files. It instead removes the local folders and their contents and places them on the server.
I’ve followed a few docs online but cannot get Offline Files to work with the redirection. That said - I am a complete rookie when it comes to Group Policy (and related OU creation).
I also note the default permissions set with the Essentials Folder Redirection GPO less than ideal for our environment with no administrative access and no easy solution that I’ve seen online to date (Some of the staff positions are high-turnover and it’s just easier if an admin can get in there and archive content as needed). So again, maybe the easy path (using the Essentials Role GPO) isn’t best for us.
Ultimately I’m ok if I have to (have someone guide me to) manually create GPO’s instead of using the ones packaged with Essentials. Very easy to implement the Essentials one but without the caching/offline files option or admin oversight, it’s somewhat of a show-stopper.