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Enable folder redirection on the Destination Server for Windows SBS 2011 Standard migration

Published: January 28, 2011

Updated: January 28, 2011

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

noteNote
This is an optional task.

Now that user accounts are migrated to the Destination Server, you can finish setting up folder redirection. To do this, enable Windows SBS 2011 Standard folder redirection by using the Windows SBS 2011 Standard Console, and then delete the old Group Policy object (GPO) on the Source Server. For instructions about how to delete the old Group Policy object, see Remove legacy Active Directory Group Policy objects and logon settings for Windows SBS 2011 Standard migration.

The following are the two Group Policy objects for folder redirection that are on the Destination Server:

  1. Small Business Server Folder Redirection (the original Windows SBS 2003 GPO)

  2. Small Business Server Folder Redirection Policy (the new Windows SBS 2011 Standard GPO)

The Windows SBS 2011 Standard GPO was enabled when you redirected folders, and it takes precedence over the original Windows SBS 2003 GPO.

To enable folder redirection

  1. On the Destination Server, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

  2. If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Yes.

  3. At the command prompt, type the following:

    Robocopy \\ <SourceServerName> \users\\ <DestinationServerName> \RedirectedFolders /R:10 /E /COPYALL /LEV:2 /LOG:C:\Copyresults.txt

    noteNote
    The previous command only copies the folder structure under \RedirectedFolders but does not copy the actual data, which is copied in a later step.

    noteNote
    If you are not using the default shared folder for users on the Source Server for folder redirection, then in the previous command uses the actual network folder that is configured as the source directory.

  4. You can view C:\Copyresults.txt to verify that the folder copy succeeded.

  5. On the Destination Server, open the Windows SBS 2011 Standard Console.

  6. In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.

  7. In the navigation bar, click the Users and Groups tab.

  8. In the Task pane, click Redirect user account’s folders to the server.

  9. In the Folder Redirection Properties dialog box, on the Folder Names tab, select the folders that you want to redirect to the server.

  10. Click the User Accounts tab, select the user account names for the folders that you want to redirect to the server, and then click OK.

Users must log off and log back on to apply the folder redirection change to their computers. This ensures that all redirected folders are transferred to the Destination Server. Optionally, someone with administrator credentials on the client computers can force a Group Policy update.

ImportantImportant
Both the Source Server and the Destination Server must be connected to the network while the Group Policy changes are updated on the client computers. If you are about to demote and disconnect the Source Server from the network, ensure that Group Policy settings are applied to all client computers. For more information, see Demote and remove the Source Server from the network.

To force a Group Policy update on a client computer

  1. Log on to the client computer as an administrator.

  2. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

  3. At the command prompt, type gpupdate /force, and then press ENTER.

  4. The process may require that you log off and log on again to finish. Click Yes to confirm.

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