Off-Line Files Tips

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Mojo, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Mojo

    Mojo Guest

    Hi All

    I know this is probably old hat to you, but I have a Win2003 server to WinXP
    Pro SP2/3 clients setup and I've inherited a config whereby the user's My
    Docs is redirected from a server location (which is fine for wired machines)
    but user's laptops are set for off-line access so that they can take them
    home, do work, come back in and sync, etc.

    Now in theory the process seems nice and straightforward, but I can't
    believe that this Microsoft default setup of ticking Enable Offline files
    just works 100% so I just wanted to know if anybdoy had any tips/tricks re
    this process.

    I've noticed that even though I can right-click on any folder in a user's My
    Docs and see Make Available Offline, it is disabled so I can't actually
    select certain folders to be un-synced. Do you just have to live with this?

    It would be great to let my users know that they can put any personal
    videos, pics, music, etc in a specific My Docs folder knowing full well
    their 20GB of crap won't bring my network to a grinding halt, but the
    ability to be selective with your folders doesn't seem to be an option.

    Another thing how come you can change the 'Amount of disk space...' slider
    bar to a greater value only to find it goes back to the default setting
    anyway - whats the point of that??

    Is there a defacto size for how big a My Docs folder should be - overall
    size and number of files wise??

    Many thanks for any info you can give.
     
    Mojo, Jul 29, 2009
    #1
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  2. Hello Mojo,

    Check this article from Ace about folder redirection and Offline files, maybe
    it helps you:
    ======================================================================================================

    Folder Redirection

    By Ace Fekay, MCSE, MCT

    Updated 7/22/08

    I believe Folder Redirection with using Offline Files will be the better
    solution for many environments. I have it implemented in all my customer
    sites. All data with redirection set, as well as offline files, are cached
    locally and only synch up at scheduled, manually set times, or when logging
    on or off. It vastly reduces client to server traffic. Here are some links
    regarding redirection.

    Using Folder Redirection for the My Docs, App data, Start Menu and Desktop,
    a user will get their data no matter where they login. Enabling Offline Files
    as well, will provide an additional performance increase on the user side,
    as well as the ability to take machines off-site (such as laptops) and the
    folks will have their data no matter where they are. However, I usually just
    implement Folder Redirection with the My Documents folder, and not the others,
    due to the overhead of data and backup capacities on the server. You know
    how large the application folder can get, and not always a good choice to
    implement redirection with. Keep that in mind when you implement this feature.

    There are a few things that need to be setup in place to make redirection
    work. If in a mixed Vista/XP environment, as many are going through right
    now, it may be a little challenging, but they can use the same home folder
    setting, but the user must stick with one OS or the other, not logon to an
    XP, then to a Vista, or things may get skewed.

    1. The user accounts need to be in the OU the Redirection Policy will apply
    to. It doesn't matter where the computer accounts are. This is because Redirection
    is a User based Policy.

    2. More than likely, the Redirection policy is probably setup to apply to
    a group. Therefore, make sure the user account is part of that group.

    3. Only the internal DNS servers must show up in a machine's IP properties.

    4. They way I setup the shares, is create a root folder called Users. I share
    it out as Users$ and set share permissions to only System=FC and Domain Admins=FC.

    5. Then I would create child folders, one for each user. For example, for
    a user named Bill, I create a Bill folder, then share it out as Bill$, and
    set the share permissions to Domain Admins=FC, System=FC, and Bill=FC. The
    share permissions for the user MUST BE FC or it won't work. Then I set the
    NTFS permissions (the Security tab), to Domain Admins=FC, System=FC, and
    Bill=FC. The user MUST have FC for both the share and the NTFS permissions.

    6. In the user's AD properties, Profile tab, you want to configure a home
    folder, and this is assuming you want their stuff redirected to the home
    folder, such as clicking on G, H, or whatever letter, then configuring something
    like \\servername\%username%$ (the $ makes it hidden). Whether to hide it
    or not depends on corporate SOP. The %username% is a variable that will create
    the folder for you, but I usually do it manually, as in the previous steps.

    7. Create the Redirect policy based on the group membership, for example
    the My Documents folder, should be redirected to \\servername\username$\.
    You can also create it as \\servername\username$\MyDocuments Documents, which
    I like because their data goes into a subfolder under the user folder as
    My Documents. Now many places simply use \\servername\username$ and is easy,
    and it works. However, with this method, ALL of their documents wind up directly
    in the root of the home folder. However, this could be a little problematic
    with Vista. For more info on Vista and XP in a mixed environment, and problems
    that may occur, read the bottom to articles in the list of links provided
    below.

    8. In the policy, select "Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same
    location. For the target folder location, Redirect to the following location,
    and it will create a UNC in the form of: \\%HOMESERVER%%HOMEPATH%. Under
    the settings tab, check the box that says Grant the user exclusive rights
    to My Docs. Also select to Move the Contents, as well as Leave the Folder
    in the new location when the policy is removed.

    9. I usually create a logon bat script, place it in the NETLOGON share, and
    specify the script name in thier AD properties, to manually map the same
    drive letter specified under the Profile tab for the home folder to the home
    folder, such as with a command line of "net use h: \\servername\username$".
    It can also be done using VB and a logon script in their GPOs. The script
    normally does multiple other things as well. I'm just pointing out this portion
    of it. It is your choice of using VB, CMD or bat files when creating a script.

    10. Enable Offline Use for the redirected My Documents.

    11. Repeat for the other folders, if you choose to include them. I would
    set them to use subfolders, such as Application Data, so the data doesn't
    get intermixed with the My Docs.

    Links for more information and specifics:

    Recommendations for Folder Redirection: Group Policy http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785925.aspx

    Folder Redirection feature in Windows
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232692

    How To Configure Folder Redirection, Aug 22, 2007 ... How to use Group Policy
    to redirect the "Desktop", "My Documents", "Start Menu" and "Application
    Data" folders. www.msterminalservices.org/articles/Configure-Folder-Redirection.html

    How to Configure Folder Redirection
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782799.aspx

    How To Configure Folder Redirection
    http://www.msterminalservices.org/articles/Configure-Folder-Redirection.html

    User Profiles and Folder Redirection FAQ
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/en-us/management/manage_faq.mspx

    Enabling the administrator to have access to redirected folders http://support.microsoft.com/kb/288991

    Folder Redirection in a mixed environment XP/Vista http://www.gpanswers.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=2257

    When you redirect the Documents folder on a Windows Vista-based computer
    to a network share, the folder name unexpectedly changes back to Documents

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947222/en-us

    Profile and Folder Redirection In Windows Server 2003 (Explains the differences
    between a Roaming profile and a non-roaming profile, recommending to not
    use Roaming Profiles and just use Folder Redirection:

    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/ar...e-Folder-Redirection-Windows-Server-2003.html

    ---

    Folder Redirection with Terminal Services:

    Keep in mind, There's no problem in using TS Roaming Profiles, but if you
    want users' Documents and Desktops to work, you need to combine the feature
    with Folder Redirection on all the servers and workstations so all user folders
    are redirected to the same place. It's recommended to not use Roaming Profiles
    because of the added complexity.

    How To Configure Folder RedirectionAug 22, 2007 ... How to use Group Policy
    to redirect the "Desktop", "My Documents", "Start Menu" and "Application
    Data" folders.

    www.msterminalservices.org/.../Configure-Folder-Redirection.html

    Terminal Service Administration and Folder RedirectionJun 6, 2006 ... If
    Remote Desktop for Administration is enabled on a server that's running Windows
    Server 2003, then the server can not be configured to use ...

    www.msterminalservices.org/.../Terminal-Service-Administration-File-Redirection.html

    Using Folder Redirection with Terminal Server: Terminal ServicesMar 28, 2003
    .... Folder Redirection allows users and administrators to redirect the path
    of a folder to a new location. The new location can be a folder on ...

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc737867(WS.10).aspx

    Best practices for Folder Redirection: Group PolicyJan 21, 2005 ...

    In general, accept the default Folder Redirection settings. ... Logging off
    the terminal server causes copying to occur in the opposite ...

    technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc739647(WS.10).aspx

    Profile and Folder Redirection In Windows Server 2003Mar 1, 2005 ... For
    example, if you created a share named PROFILES on a server named TAZ, then
    the path to Brien's profile ... The actual folder redirection is done through
    the group policy. ... Terminal Servers · Thin Client Servers ...

    www.windowsnetworking.com/.../Profile-Folder-Redirection-Windows-Server-2003.html

    Folder Redirection and Terminal Server Users : 1 author 4 posts - Last post:
    Jun 1, 2004 - Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.group_policyL

    We currently utilize folder redirection ...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/218519-46-folder-redirection-terminal-server-users

    ==============================

    Ace


    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    no rights.
    ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
    ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm


    > Hi All
    >
    > I know this is probably old hat to you, but I have a Win2003 server to
    > WinXP Pro SP2/3 clients setup and I've inherited a config whereby the
    > user's My Docs is redirected from a server location (which is fine for
    > wired machines) but user's laptops are set for off-line access so that
    > they can take them home, do work, come back in and sync, etc.
    >
    > Now in theory the process seems nice and straightforward, but I can't
    > believe that this Microsoft default setup of ticking Enable Offline
    > files just works 100% so I just wanted to know if anybdoy had any
    > tips/tricks re this process.
    >
    > I've noticed that even though I can right-click on any folder in a
    > user's My Docs and see Make Available Offline, it is disabled so I
    > can't actually select certain folders to be un-synced. Do you just
    > have to live with this?
    >
    > It would be great to let my users know that they can put any personal
    > videos, pics, music, etc in a specific My Docs folder knowing full
    > well their 20GB of crap won't bring my network to a grinding halt, but
    > the ability to be selective with your folders doesn't seem to be an
    > option.
    >
    > Another thing how come you can change the 'Amount of disk space...'
    > slider bar to a greater value only to find it goes back to the default
    > setting anyway - whats the point of that??
    >
    > Is there a defacto size for how big a My Docs folder should be -
    > overall size and number of files wise??
    >
    > Many thanks for any info you can give.
    >
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Jul 30, 2009
    #2
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  3. Mojo

    Mojo Guest

    Thank you


    "Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" <meiweb(nospam)@gmx.de> wrote in message
    news:...
    Hello Mojo,

    Check this article from Ace about folder redirection and Offline files,
    maybe
    it helps you:
    ======================================================================================================

    Folder Redirection

    By Ace Fekay, MCSE, MCT

    Updated 7/22/08

    I believe Folder Redirection with using Offline Files will be the better
    solution for many environments. I have it implemented in all my customer
    sites. All data with redirection set, as well as offline files, are cached
    locally and only synch up at scheduled, manually set times, or when logging
    on or off. It vastly reduces client to server traffic. Here are some links
    regarding redirection.

    Using Folder Redirection for the My Docs, App data, Start Menu and Desktop,
    a user will get their data no matter where they login. Enabling Offline
    Files
    as well, will provide an additional performance increase on the user side,
    as well as the ability to take machines off-site (such as laptops) and the
    folks will have their data no matter where they are. However, I usually just
    implement Folder Redirection with the My Documents folder, and not the
    others,
    due to the overhead of data and backup capacities on the server. You know
    how large the application folder can get, and not always a good choice to
    implement redirection with. Keep that in mind when you implement this
    feature.

    There are a few things that need to be setup in place to make redirection
    work. If in a mixed Vista/XP environment, as many are going through right
    now, it may be a little challenging, but they can use the same home folder
    setting, but the user must stick with one OS or the other, not logon to an
    XP, then to a Vista, or things may get skewed.

    1. The user accounts need to be in the OU the Redirection Policy will apply
    to. It doesn't matter where the computer accounts are. This is because
    Redirection
    is a User based Policy.

    2. More than likely, the Redirection policy is probably setup to apply to
    a group. Therefore, make sure the user account is part of that group.

    3. Only the internal DNS servers must show up in a machine's IP properties.

    4. They way I setup the shares, is create a root folder called Users. I
    share
    it out as Users$ and set share permissions to only System=FC and Domain
    Admins=FC.

    5. Then I would create child folders, one for each user. For example, for
    a user named Bill, I create a Bill folder, then share it out as Bill$, and
    set the share permissions to Domain Admins=FC, System=FC, and Bill=FC. The
    share permissions for the user MUST BE FC or it won't work. Then I set the
    NTFS permissions (the Security tab), to Domain Admins=FC, System=FC, and
    Bill=FC. The user MUST have FC for both the share and the NTFS permissions.

    6. In the user's AD properties, Profile tab, you want to configure a home
    folder, and this is assuming you want their stuff redirected to the home
    folder, such as clicking on G, H, or whatever letter, then configuring
    something
    like \\servername\%username%$ (the $ makes it hidden). Whether to hide it
    or not depends on corporate SOP. The %username% is a variable that will
    create
    the folder for you, but I usually do it manually, as in the previous steps.

    7. Create the Redirect policy based on the group membership, for example
    the My Documents folder, should be redirected to \\servername\username$\.
    You can also create it as \\servername\username$\MyDocuments Documents,
    which
    I like because their data goes into a subfolder under the user folder as
    My Documents. Now many places simply use \\servername\username$ and is easy,
    and it works. However, with this method, ALL of their documents wind up
    directly
    in the root of the home folder. However, this could be a little problematic
    with Vista. For more info on Vista and XP in a mixed environment, and
    problems
    that may occur, read the bottom to articles in the list of links provided
    below.

    8. In the policy, select "Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same
    location. For the target folder location, Redirect to the following
    location,
    and it will create a UNC in the form of: \\%HOMESERVER%%HOMEPATH%. Under
    the settings tab, check the box that says Grant the user exclusive rights
    to My Docs. Also select to Move the Contents, as well as Leave the Folder
    in the new location when the policy is removed.

    9. I usually create a logon bat script, place it in the NETLOGON share, and
    specify the script name in thier AD properties, to manually map the same
    drive letter specified under the Profile tab for the home folder to the home
    folder, such as with a command line of "net use h: \\servername\username$".
    It can also be done using VB and a logon script in their GPOs. The script
    normally does multiple other things as well. I'm just pointing out this
    portion
    of it. It is your choice of using VB, CMD or bat files when creating a
    script.

    10. Enable Offline Use for the redirected My Documents.

    11. Repeat for the other folders, if you choose to include them. I would
    set them to use subfolders, such as Application Data, so the data doesn't
    get intermixed with the My Docs.

    Links for more information and specifics:

    Recommendations for Folder Redirection: Group Policy
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785925.aspx

    Folder Redirection feature in Windows
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/232692

    How To Configure Folder Redirection, Aug 22, 2007 ... How to use Group
    Policy
    to redirect the "Desktop", "My Documents", "Start Menu" and "Application
    Data" folders.
    www.msterminalservices.org/articles/Configure-Folder-Redirection.html

    How to Configure Folder Redirection
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782799.aspx

    How To Configure Folder Redirection
    http://www.msterminalservices.org/articles/Configure-Folder-Redirection.html

    User Profiles and Folder Redirection FAQ
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/en-us/management/manage_faq.mspx

    Enabling the administrator to have access to redirected folders
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/288991

    Folder Redirection in a mixed environment XP/Vista
    http://www.gpanswers.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=2257

    When you redirect the Documents folder on a Windows Vista-based computer
    to a network share, the folder name unexpectedly changes back to Documents

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947222/en-us

    Profile and Folder Redirection In Windows Server 2003 (Explains the
    differences
    between a Roaming profile and a non-roaming profile, recommending to not
    use Roaming Profiles and just use Folder Redirection:

    http://www.windowsnetworking.com/ar...e-Folder-Redirection-Windows-Server-2003.html

    ---

    Folder Redirection with Terminal Services:

    Keep in mind, There's no problem in using TS Roaming Profiles, but if you
    want users' Documents and Desktops to work, you need to combine the feature
    with Folder Redirection on all the servers and workstations so all user
    folders
    are redirected to the same place. It's recommended to not use Roaming
    Profiles
    because of the added complexity.

    How To Configure Folder RedirectionAug 22, 2007 ... How to use Group Policy
    to redirect the "Desktop", "My Documents", "Start Menu" and "Application
    Data" folders.

    www.msterminalservices.org/.../Configure-Folder-Redirection.html

    Terminal Service Administration and Folder RedirectionJun 6, 2006 ... If
    Remote Desktop for Administration is enabled on a server that's running
    Windows
    Server 2003, then the server can not be configured to use ...

    www.msterminalservices.org/.../Terminal-Service-Administration-File-Redirection.html

    Using Folder Redirection with Terminal Server: Terminal ServicesMar 28, 2003
    .... Folder Redirection allows users and administrators to redirect the path
    of a folder to a new location. The new location can be a folder on ...

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc737867(WS.10).aspx

    Best practices for Folder Redirection: Group PolicyJan 21, 2005 ...

    In general, accept the default Folder Redirection settings. ... Logging off
    the terminal server causes copying to occur in the opposite ...

    technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc739647(WS.10).aspx

    Profile and Folder Redirection In Windows Server 2003Mar 1, 2005 ... For
    example, if you created a share named PROFILES on a server named TAZ, then
    the path to Brien's profile ... The actual folder redirection is done
    through
    the group policy. ... Terminal Servers · Thin Client Servers ...

    www.windowsnetworking.com/.../Profile-Folder-Redirection-Windows-Server-2003.html

    Folder Redirection and Terminal Server Users : 1 author 4 posts - Last post:
    Jun 1, 2004 - Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.group_policyL

    We currently utilize folder redirection ...

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/218519-46-folder-redirection-terminal-server-users

    ==============================

    Ace


    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    no rights.
    ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
    ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm


    > Hi All
    >
    > I know this is probably old hat to you, but I have a Win2003 server to
    > WinXP Pro SP2/3 clients setup and I've inherited a config whereby the
    > user's My Docs is redirected from a server location (which is fine for
    > wired machines) but user's laptops are set for off-line access so that
    > they can take them home, do work, come back in and sync, etc.
    >
    > Now in theory the process seems nice and straightforward, but I can't
    > believe that this Microsoft default setup of ticking Enable Offline
    > files just works 100% so I just wanted to know if anybdoy had any
    > tips/tricks re this process.
    >
    > I've noticed that even though I can right-click on any folder in a
    > user's My Docs and see Make Available Offline, it is disabled so I
    > can't actually select certain folders to be un-synced. Do you just
    > have to live with this?
    >
    > It would be great to let my users know that they can put any personal
    > videos, pics, music, etc in a specific My Docs folder knowing full
    > well their 20GB of crap won't bring my network to a grinding halt, but
    > the ability to be selective with your folders doesn't seem to be an
    > option.
    >
    > Another thing how come you can change the 'Amount of disk space...'
    > slider bar to a greater value only to find it goes back to the default
    > setting anyway - whats the point of that??
    >
    > Is there a defacto size for how big a My Docs folder should be -
    > overall size and number of files wise??
    >
    > Many thanks for any info you can give.
    >
     
    Mojo, Jul 30, 2009
    #3
  4. "Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" <meiweb(nospam)@gmx.de> wrote in message
    news:...

    Hi Meinolf,

    I recently updated the article. The changes made start at step 6 (posted
    below). I added two additional steps as well. I thought to post it to update
    anyone who has a copy of it!

    Thanks!!

    Cheers!

    Ace

    --
    (Updated 7/30/2009)

    6. In the user's AD properties, Profile tab, you want to configure a home
    folder, and this is assuming you want their stuff redirected to the home
    folder, such as clicking on G, H, or whatever letter, then configuring
    something like \\servername\%username%$ (the $ makes it hidden). Whether to
    hide it or not depends on corporate SOP. The %username% is a variable that
    will create the folder for you, but I usually do it manually, as in the
    previous steps.

    7. Create an AD group, call it (for example), "My Docs Redirect Group."
    Create the Redirect policy based on the group membership, for example the My
    Documents folder, should be redirected to \\servername\username$\. You can
    also create it as \\servername\username$\MyDocuments Documents, which I like
    because their data goes into a subfolder under the user folder as My
    Documents. This require additional testing on your part to make sure the
    respective data goes into the folders you've specified. However, many
    installations simply specify the Home folder, \\servername\username$, which
    is easy, and and it works well. I've been using this method myself (outlined
    in the next step), however, with this method, ALL of their documents wind up
    directly in the root of the home folder. However, this could be a little
    problematic with Vista. For more info on Vista and XP in a mixed
    environment, and problems that may occur, please read the links at the
    bottom of this article that will provide additional information on how to
    handle this issue.

    8. In the My Documents policy setting, select "Advanced - Specify Location
    based on various User Groups. Add the AD group you just created. For the
    target folder location, Redirect to the Home Folder. After you click OK, it
    will display a UNC in the form of: \\%HOMESERVER%%HOMEPATH%. Under the
    settings tab, check the box that says Grant the user exclusive rights to My
    Docs. Also select to Move the Contents, as well as Leave the Folder in the
    new location when the policy is removed.

    9. I usually create a logon bat script, place it in the NETLOGON share, and
    specify the script name in thier AD properties, to manually map the same
    drive letter specified under the Profile tab for the home folder to the home
    folder, such as with a command line of "net use h: \\servername\username$".
    It can also be done using VB and a logon script in their GPOs. The script
    normally does multiple other things as well. I'm just pointing out this
    portion of it. It is your choice of using VB, CMD or bat files when creating
    a script.

    10. Enable Offline Use for the redirected My Documents.

    11. Repeat for the other folders, if you choose to include them. I would set
    them to use subfolders, such as Application Data, so the data doesn't get
    intermixed with the My Docs.

    12. Link the GPO to the OU you want it to apply to. Keep in mind, it will
    not work until you add the users that you want it to apply to, to the My
    Docs Redirect Group, that you've created.

    13. If you ever need to move the Users folder location to a new server,
    simply mirror the shared folders and permissions from the old server on the
    new server drive (no need to copy the data), and change the policy to point
    to the new UNC. Next time the user logs on, the data will be moved
    automatically. The larger the amount of data, the longer it will take. For
    example, one customer had a 10 GB home folder. It took about 20 minutes to
    move, however the user was able to work. Some of the files weren't available
    immediately, but they eventually showed up.


    --
    Ace

    This posting is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties or guarantees and
    confers no rights.

    Please reply back to the newsgroup or forum to benefit from collaboration
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    Ace Fekay, MCT, MCTS Exchange, MCSE, MCSA 2003 & 2000, MCSA Messaging
    Microsoft Certified Trainer

    http://twitter.com/acefekay

    For urgent issues, you may want to contact Microsoft PSS directly. Please
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    Ace Fekay [MCT], Jul 31, 2009
    #4
  5. Hello Ace Fekay [MCT],

    Thanks for that. Will update:)

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    no rights.
    ** Please do NOT email, only reply to Newsgroups
    ** HELP us help YOU!!! http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/mul_crss.htm


    > "Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" <meiweb(nospam)@gmx.de> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    > Hi Meinolf,
    >
    > I recently updated the article. The changes made start at step 6
    > (posted below). I added two additional steps as well. I thought to
    > post it to update anyone who has a copy of it!
    >
    > Thanks!!
    >
    > Cheers!
    >
    > Ace
    >
    > --
    > (Updated 7/30/2009)
    > 6. In the user's AD properties, Profile tab, you want to configure a
    > home folder, and this is assuming you want their stuff redirected to
    > the home folder, such as clicking on G, H, or whatever letter, then
    > configuring something like \\servername\%username%$ (the $ makes it
    > hidden). Whether to hide it or not depends on corporate SOP. The
    > %username% is a variable that will create the folder for you, but I
    > usually do it manually, as in the previous steps.
    >
    > 7. Create an AD group, call it (for example), "My Docs Redirect
    > Group." Create the Redirect policy based on the group membership, for
    > example the My Documents folder, should be redirected to
    > \\servername\username$\. You can also create it as
    > \\servername\username$\MyDocuments Documents, which I like because
    > their data goes into a subfolder under the user folder as My
    > Documents. This require additional testing on your part to make sure
    > the respective data goes into the folders you've specified. However,
    > many installations simply specify the Home folder,
    > \\servername\username$, which is easy, and and it works well. I've
    > been using this method myself (outlined in the next step), however,
    > with this method, ALL of their documents wind up directly in the root
    > of the home folder. However, this could be a little problematic with
    > Vista. For more info on Vista and XP in a mixed environment, and
    > problems that may occur, please read the links at the bottom of this
    > article that will provide additional information on how to handle this
    > issue.
    >
    > 8. In the My Documents policy setting, select "Advanced - Specify
    > Location based on various User Groups. Add the AD group you just
    > created. For the target folder location, Redirect to the Home Folder.
    > After you click OK, it will display a UNC in the form of:
    > \\%HOMESERVER%%HOMEPATH%. Under the settings tab, check the box that
    > says Grant the user exclusive rights to My Docs. Also select to Move
    > the Contents, as well as Leave the Folder in the new location when the
    > policy is removed.
    >
    > 9. I usually create a logon bat script, place it in the NETLOGON
    > share, and specify the script name in thier AD properties, to manually
    > map the same drive letter specified under the Profile tab for the home
    > folder to the home folder, such as with a command line of "net use h:
    > \\servername\username$". It can also be done using VB and a logon
    > script in their GPOs. The script normally does multiple other things
    > as well. I'm just pointing out this portion of it. It is your choice
    > of using VB, CMD or bat files when creating a script.
    >
    > 10. Enable Offline Use for the redirected My Documents.
    >
    > 11. Repeat for the other folders, if you choose to include them. I
    > would set them to use subfolders, such as Application Data, so the
    > data doesn't get intermixed with the My Docs.
    >
    > 12. Link the GPO to the OU you want it to apply to. Keep in mind, it
    > will not work until you add the users that you want it to apply to, to
    > the My Docs Redirect Group, that you've created.
    >
    > 13. If you ever need to move the Users folder location to a new
    > server, simply mirror the shared folders and permissions from the old
    > server on the new server drive (no need to copy the data), and change
    > the policy to point to the new UNC. Next time the user logs on, the
    > data will be moved automatically. The larger the amount of data, the
    > longer it will take. For example, one customer had a 10 GB home
    > folder. It took about 20 minutes to move, however the user was able to
    > work. Some of the files weren't available immediately, but they
    > eventually showed up.
    >
    > This posting is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties or guarantees and
    > confers no rights.
    >
    > Please reply back to the newsgroup or forum to benefit from
    > collaboration among responding engineers, and to help others benefit
    > from your resolution.
    >
    > Ace Fekay, MCT, MCTS Exchange, MCSE, MCSA 2003 & 2000, MCSA Messaging
    > Microsoft Certified Trainer
    >
    > http://twitter.com/acefekay
    > For urgent issues, you may want to contact Microsoft PSS directly.
    > Please check http://support.microsoft.com for regional support phone
    > numbers.
    >
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Jul 31, 2009
    #5
  6. "Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS]" <meiweb(nospam)@gmx.de> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hello Ace Fekay [MCT],
    >
    > Thanks for that. Will update:)
    >


    You are welcome!
    :)
     
    Ace Fekay [MCT], Jul 31, 2009
    #6
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