extending data partitions & my documents redirection

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  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi all,

    I am in the process of configuring My Documents Re-Direction on our SBS 2003
    Server and had a few questions:-

    1. I just bought a new drive and extended my Raid 5 on the server. After a
    reboot Disk Manager shows this as unallocated space of about 60GB. I already
    have 3 partitions on the server and would like to extend one of them. But
    when I right click on it, it doesnt give me the option. Any ideas? I believe
    the disk is not a dynamic disk.

    2. Can I configure My Documents re-direction for only select users? That way
    I can test it before I release to everyone.

    3. Does anyone have any tips on best using My Documents re-direction?

    TIA!
     
    Guest, Aug 8, 2005
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  2. Hello Param,

    Thank you for posting to the SBS Newsgroup.

    I am sorry for the delayed response due to weekend. Please understand that
    the newsgroups are staffed weekdays by Microsoft Support professionals to
    answer your systems and applications questions. Your understanding is
    greatly appreciated!

    I understand that you want to extend your data partition and configure My
    Document Redirection on your SBS 2K3 server. If I have misunderstood your
    concern, please let me know.

    Please take your time to read my following information:

    1> For Disk Manager issue:

    If you want to extent the partition, you need to meet the following two
    conditions:

    a. It is a dynamic disk.

    b. All of the three partitions must have unallocated free space.

    For more detailed information, please see:

    323442 HOW TO: Use the Disk Management Snap-in to Manage Basic and Dynamic
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=323442

    2> For My Document Redirection:

    The way to configure My Document Redirection for all domain clients is
    totally different from configure to some of the domain clients.

    1. To redirect all domain clients' My Document folders, you just go to
    Server Management\Standard Management\Shares (Local). Click the Configure
    My Documents Redirection and select the first option "Redirect all My
    Document folders to the default shared for users on the Small Business
    Server".

    a. Next time when these clients log off and log on their workstations, My
    Document folders will be redirected. The default shared folder on the Small
    Business Server is \\Yourdomain\Users\%USERNAME%\My Documents

    b. Go to Group Policy Management\Forest\Domains\Yourdomain.local\Group
    Policy Objects. You will find there is a new GPO named "Small Business
    Server Folder Redirection" created after you run the Configure My Documents
    Redirection wizard.

    2. To redirect some domain clients' My Document folders, you need to create
    a GPO manually and link this GPO to specific clients. To do so, please see:

    a. Go to Group Policy Management\Forest\Domains\Yourdomain.local\Group
    Policy Objects. Right click Group Policy Objects, select New, and name the
    New GPO. For example, Test. Click OK.

    b. Right click Test, and select Edit.

    c. Expand to Test Policy\User Configuration\Windows Settings\Folder
    Redirection\My Documents.

    d. Right click My Documents, go to Properties.

    e. On the Target tab, select the setting as Basic - Redirect everyone's
    folder to the same location.

    f. Target folder location is Create a folder for each user under the root
    path.

    g. Root Path is \\Yourdomain\Users. You can click Browse to select the root
    path. It is under My Network Places\Entire Network\Microsoft Windows
    Network\Yourdomain\Yourserver\Users.

    h. Go to Settings tab, check the boxes "Grant the user exclusive rights to
    My Documents" and "Move the contents of My Documents to the new location".

    i. Policy Removal is "Leave the folder in the new location when policy is
    removed".

    j. My Pictures Preferences is "Make My Pictures a subfolder of My
    Documents".

    k. Click OK. Close the Group Policy Object Editor window.

    l. Go to Group Policy
    Management\Forest\Domains\Yourdomain.local\MyBusiness\Users\SBSUsers.

    m. Right click SBSUsers, select New Organization Unit and input the name.
    For example, Testing.

    n. Move those clients who you want to configure My Document Redirection
    from OU SBSUsers to OU Testing.

    o. Link the GPO Test to the new OU Testing.

    p. Go to Start -> Run, type "gpupdate" (without quotation marks) then this
    new group policy will be applied.

    Hope this information helps. If anything is unclear, please feel free to
    let me know. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

    Best regards,

    Brandy Nee

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    Brandy Nee [MSFT], Aug 8, 2005
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  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Hi Brandy, thanks for the response. I have a few more questions:-

    1. Right now the system just has 1 disk (because raid controller is handling
    raid 5).

    2. On that one disk I have 3 partitions (C,D,E) and 60GB of unallocated
    space.

    3. My goal is to extend partition E to use all of the 60GB of unallocated
    space.

    4. From what I have read, I have to follow these steps:-

    a. Upgrade disk to Dynamic disk
    b. Once upgrade is complete, then I will be able to right click on E and
    select extend volume and add in the 60GB of unallocated space.

    Am I correct?

    Thanks!


     
    Guest, Aug 8, 2005
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  4. Hello Param,

    Thank you for posting back!

    From your reply, I understand that you have a hardware RAID 5 disk and you
    want to extend E drive from those unallocated space. If in this case, you
    can try one of the following methods to achieve the goals:

    [Note]: If E drive is your Boot Partition or System Partition, only step 2
    can be applied. Otherwise, you can try both of these two methods.

    1> Upgrade E drive to dynamic disk, then right click on E and select extend
    volume and add in the 60GB of unallocated space.

    2> Backup E drive, and format it. Then combine E drive with the 60GB of
    unallocated space. Restore it from the Backup. Please refer to the
    following White Document to backup and restore:

    Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=487736f8-f6f5-436d-
    a82d-0c8d66e2a634&DisplayLang=en

    [Note]: When you performing restore, please do not change the drive letter,
    otherwise it may cause some unexpected issues.

    Hope this information helps. If anything is unclear, please feel free to
    let me know. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

    Best regards,

    Brandy Nee

    Microsoft CSS Online Newsgroup Support

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    Brandy Nee [MSFT], Aug 9, 2005
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  5. Hello Param,

    I found some additional information for you, please see:

    How to use Diskpart.exe to extend a data volume in Windows Server 2003, in
    Windows XP, and in Windows 2000
    http://support.microsoft.com/?id=325590

    Thanks for your time! If anything is unclear, please feel free to let me
    know. I am glad to be of assistance!

    Best regards,

    Brandy Nee

    Microsoft CSS Online Newsgroup Support

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    Brandy Nee [MSFT], Aug 9, 2005
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  6. Hello Param,

    Thank you for posting back!

    I am glad to hear that the information helps. If you need any assistance in
    the future, please feel free to post back to this Newsgroup. We are glad to
    be working with you again!

    Best regards,

    Brandy Nee

    Microsoft CSS Online Newsgroup Support

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    Brandy Nee [MSFT], Aug 10, 2005
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  7. Guest

    TonyV Guest

    Hi Brandy,

    I also want to apply folder redirection for some domain clients only, but
    want to take it a step further.
    I find that some of my users store large videoclips, songs & pictures in the
    respective folders in 'My Documents'. How can I exclude 'My Pictures', 'My
    Videos' and 'My music' subfolders from folder redirection?

     
    TonyV, Aug 27, 2005
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  8. Guest

    TonyV Guest

    Hi Brandy,

    I also want to apply folder redirection for some domain clients only, but
    want to take it a step further.
    I find that some of my users store large videoclips, songs & pictures in the
    respective folders in 'My Documents'. How can I exclude 'My Pictures', 'My
    Videos' and 'My music' subfolders from folder redirection?

    Also, will it be possible to specify any other custom folders that might be
    stored on user's a C-Drive?

    Please advise.

     
    TonyV, Sep 1, 2005
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