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    Migrating user data Server 2003

    We have copied all the user data to a new server and changed the My docuemnts redirect. However when we login as a student the my documents still points to the old location. Do I have to completely delete the GPO and start from fresh.

    I have been reading "Mastering Server 2003", which says "Even after the policy is reoved the folder will remain redirected unless you undirect it".

    Both Servers are 2003 and XP clients


    Thanks
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    "changed the my documents redirect" where? In the GPO?

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    Did you copy the documents folders in a way that retained NTFS permissions and file ownership info. The account that is logging on must be the owner of the documents folder for the folder redirection policy to apply.

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    Yes we changed the redirect in the GPO.

    Regarding the moving we just did a direct copy and paste

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    have you made sure the group policies are updated on the workstation?

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    @networkingnut - A copy, paste won't have kept the permissions but will have reset them to whatever the permissions were where you pasted them. You could use NTbackup.exe to back them up to a file then restore to the new location which keeps permissions, use something like robocopy with the correct switches and recopy to preserve permissions or reset the permissions.

    Automating this was actually just being discussed in another thread here Setting folder owners programatically

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    Quote Originally Posted by box_l View Post
    have you made sure the group policies are updated on the workstation?
    This now appears to be a whol school thing

    I have used both RSOP.msc and gpresult and neither of the show the affected GPO as being applied.

    gpresult show the GPO (Called communal desktops) as being non applicable

    All users are a member of the security groups 'staff' or 'student' respectivley. This is what we use to get the communal deesktops.

    Some students get errors saying "your active html file cannot be found. These students get a white file explorer bar on the left of their desktop.

    Other students sometimes get an error saying they have insufficient privilidges to access the resource
    the resource \\rhs-svr-003\stud_desktop$\Desktop

    yet they have the same rights as another student who is able to get teh desktop.

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    Migrating data (Update 3.3.10)

    xxcopy Z:\Year04\*.* E:\Users\Students\Year04\*.* /o /x /e /h /k

    I carried out the above xcopy command on the destinantion server. the source derver was a mapped network drive (z.

    I have attached screenshots to help illustrate the problem we are having with the My documents redirect.

    When we set it to the old server is works correctly. ie it points their my documents to the %username% folder.

    Now all I do is change the server number from 1 (old server) to 3 (new server). When I do that it tries to rediect the my docuements folder to a folder within the students %username% called my documents.

    Any idea what would be causing this.

    I am a bit confused having done the xcopy.

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    Im guessing your users have their files stored in, like the below:

    \\rhs-svr-003\Year04$\username
    If so, try the below:

    \\rhs-svr-003\Year04$\%username%
    %username% should replace every time someone logs in with the current user logging in. You dont need to change this.

    Also, if the users folders are already on the server, surely "Create a folder for each user under the root path" wouldn't suffice? Try "redirect to the following location". Or, try putting
    \\rhs-svr-003\Year04$\%username%
    as the users home directory, and then set the GPO to redirect to the users home directory?

    Hope this makes sense!

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    Im guessing your users have their files stored in, like the below:


    Quote:
    \\rhs-svr-003\Year04$\username

    If so, try the below:


    Quote:
    \\rhs-svr-003\Year04$\%username%

    %username% should replace every time someone logs in with the current user logging in. You dont need to change this.

    Also, if the users folders are already on the server, surely "Create a folder for each user under the root path" wouldn't suffice? Try "redirect to the following location". Or, try putting
    Quote:
    \\rhs-svr-003\Year04$\%username%

    as the users home directory, and then set the GPO to redirect to the users home directory?

    Hope this makes sense!


    When you say put as home directory do you mean under profile tab manually set each user to redirect to their own folder?

    I have tried changing as you suggested and it does not appear to be working. All the students now get is My documwnts and my music.

    Any ideas

    This is after logging on and restarting the machine twice

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    Quote Originally Posted by networkingNut View Post

    When you say put as home directory do you mean under profile tab manually set each user to redirect to their own folder?

    Yes, but you can select all users, right click and properties, click "Profile", tick "home folder", click the radio button next to connect, and pick a drive letter, and then do the server location, like so



    Make sure that the folder redirection is set to "redirect to a users home directory". Then gpupdate the machine?

    If not, I'm guessing it's an ntfs perms prob..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rh91uk View Post
    Yes, but you can select all users, right click and properties, click "Profile", tick "home folder", click the radio button next to connect, and pick a drive letter, and then do the server location, like so



    Make sure that the folder redirection is set to "redirect to a users home directory". Then gpupdate the machine?

    If not, I'm guessing it's an ntfs perms prob..
    Students are not allowed access to the run box regarding running the gpupdate command. Is there any other way?

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    Students dont need to access it, if you login using your admin account and run it it will refresh the policies regardless.

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    Ok will try.
    Thanaks
    nN

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    All of the students cannot save files. It says access denied. The attributes next to all of the users files is RC.

    Any ideas



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