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    In my Terminal Server i reached the limit of my C drive, and i need to move the Documents and Settings folder to another drive on the the same Server.

    how can it be done?

  • #2
    Re: how to move the "Documents&settings folder

    Hey, dude.
    Search the forum, the issue was dealt with a lot of times. Here are some threads I found on the same subject, using the search string "move folder":
    - http://forums.petri.com/showthread.p...ht=move+folder
    - http://forums.petri.com/showthread.p...ht=move+folder
    - http://forums.petri.com/showthread.p...ht=move+folder
    - http://forums.petri.com/showthread.p...ht=move+folder

    Take a look. If none of them help, we'll search further.

    Sorin Solomon


    In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
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    • #3
      Re: how to move the "Documents&settings folder

      i've read all thease posts, but still couldn't find the answer.

      i have 60 users on this server, and need to change the location of the "documents and settings" folder from c drive to d drive.

      can it be done without loosing the a day's work?
      (the folder is about 2 Gb of data)

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      • #4
        Re: how to move the "Documents&settings folder

        Hmmmmm...
        This article: http://www.derkeiler.com/Newsgroups/...2-08/9253.html talks exactly about the steps that one should do to achieve what (I think) you ask.
        Have you tried?
        And what exactly are you talking about when you say
        without loosing the a day's work
        Are you talking about your work? Or your users'?

        Sorin Solomon


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        • #5
          Re: how to move the "Documents&settings folder

          You could use the My Documents Redirection Group Policy setting.

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          • #6
            Re: how to move the "Documents&settings folder

            that's what i'm talking about.
            i cant loose their profile, and by copying their profile to another directory, the files will be on the server, but i'll have to delete the profiles and new one will be created for the users.
            if the user's profile will not be the same as they were before, i'll have to configure each and everyone of them manually. (hence - a day's work, and a lot of angry workers).

            "Right click My Computer and select proporties, click the
            Advanced tab and then click Settings in the User Profiles
            section. Delete all the user profiles."

            "You could use the My Documents Redirection Group Policy setting." - this one i dont know how, never heard of it. but it's not only the "My Documents" folder, it's all the profile.

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            • #7
              Re: how to move the "Documents&settings folder

              Let's start with the theory first. Whenever you change a working system, things can go wrong. Therefore, you might have to work harder and your clients might loose (some or all) their working capabilities. This is a threat, something that can happen, and should be avoided. Good planning, a pilot, a verified backup and a rollback scenario will always keep you out of trouble, or at least minimize the damage. If you are worried about your "angry workers", you might consider doing the process in the after-work hours, weekend, holidays or whatever. And you (or your IT department) should educate the workers that we are dealing with computers here. Meaning: anything, anytime can go wrong!
              Now, to the practical side:
              Folder Redirection is not an option in this case, IMHO. It will divide the user's profile (harder to backup and restore). Plus, depending on the type of the user, not sure the My Documents folder is the "heaviest" in the profile. Good "candidates" are PST files, Temporary files and so on. So...
              I hope you noticed that the change in Registry is machine-based, not user ...
              This is the scenario I would use (excerpts from the site I gave you):
              1) Login in as Administrator. Create a Users folder at the root of D:\ if there is not already one there.
              2) Create a test user, do not login with it (not to create the profile).
              3) Backup the Registry key that you should change later. It's HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Cu rrentVersion\ProfileList. If you don't know how, look at this article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756 .
              4) Change the Registry key as stated:
              Run regedit. Goto to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\Cu rrentVersion\ProfileList and change ProfilesDirectory from '%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings' to 'D:\Users'
              Do this while no one else is logged on to the server and while logged on as Administrator.
              5) Log in as the test user. Check that the profile is created in the new location (D:\Users). Also, check in
              Right click My Computer and select proporties, click the Advanced tab and then click Settings in the User Profiles section.
              that the test user is listed.
              If everything is OK,
              6.OK) Restore the altered Registry key to the original.
              7.OK) Decide (with the IT manager and your workers) when will be the best timing to do the whole transfer.
              8.OK) Prior the "real thing", copy all the existing profiles to the D:\Users folder. I would use this method: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d....mspx?mfr=true, instead of
              Next, go
              to the command prompt (DOS window) and type: xcopy C:\Docume~1\*.* D:\Users\ /E/C/H/K This will copy all their existing profile information to
              D:
              I would add the /X /O switches to this command too...
              9.OK) In the "D day"' all it is left to do is to change the Registry key to search the users' profiles in D:\Users.
              10.OK) Leave the profiles in C:\ for a specific period of time, until you are certain everything is OK with the new set-up.
              Last.OK) Smile! It worked...

              If something is not OK, then:
              6.Bad) Check what happened.
              7.Bad) Try to repair and do the test again.
              Last.Bad) Before your users log back in, restore the altered Registry key to the original. Don't give up, it should work.

              Sorin Solomon


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