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Will AD move a users files?

By LarryD4 ·
Ok so I have a question. I am pretty confident I know the answer but I figure I would thow it out their for some input.

Here is what has been said to staff.

We are migrating users folders from an old server to the new server. My boss gave our new "admin" the job of migrating the users. According to the new "admin" the 50 some odd users will have a long log in time. Since when the user logs in, AD will copy the users home folder on the old server to the new server location.

Did anyone ever hear of that actually happening?

Well the bottom line is, it's not happening and I can't figure out why he would think this would happen.

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Moving directories on login?

by Selltekk In reply to Will AD move a users file ...

Why would you do it that way? It disrupts the user's work time? You could pretty easily script this by writing a script that would move the directories and update the user's home directory path in AD. Move the files after hours so as not to disrupt your users, then it will be seamless.

Also, if you move those directories during the work day, you might have an impact on the performance of the fileserver, and the server that is doing the copying (if they aren't on the same box.

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Your stating the obvious...

by LarryD4 In reply to Moving directories on log ...

Your stating the obvious, which does not occur here..

More over I'm trying to find if anyone has heard that AD would automatically move the users date from the old home directory to the new one you had already defined in the users AD account.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Your stating the obvious. ...

Betcha that he is thinking of roaming profiles not "home directory" stuff...

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Yes perhaps

by LarryD4 In reply to Betcha

Yes you might be right, he may be used to roaming profiles.

But would that actually work? If I had a user on a roaming profile and changed the location of the users home directory, it would move the data automatically?

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Yes perhaps

Not that I know of... I bet he's been smoking some stuff that I want no part of

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I believe you can do this easily with a DNS entry

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Yes perhaps

although I've forgotten how. You can put an entry in DNS so references to the old server name get translated into the new server name. Copy all the user directories to the new server, share them, and set up the DNS entry. Later you can write a script to change the home directory entries in the users' accounts.

I also think the guy is referring to roaming profiles, and that will work if the users were already configured for it. Otherwise it's probably a waste of time; it will be easier to write a script to change the home directory entry as one to change the profiles from local to roaming.

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Ok so..

by LarryD4 In reply to Will AD move a users file ...

The bottom line is you could probably do it. Though with the appropriate script/setup that will take in to account all of the variables.

By just changing the location in the users AD account, that pertains to where the home directory storage is. Won't kick off an automatic copy of the users data to the new location.

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Nope. No text.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Ok so..
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Why do it that way

by unhappyuser In reply to Will AD move a users file ...

Why would anyone do it that way? Am I missing something here? Why not just use DFS and the users wil never know what happened?


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Its more office issues

by LarryD4 In reply to Why do it that way

We have a new hire, which my manager decided to hire with out his senior analysts input.

The new hire told staff that AD will automatically move a users home directoy to the new location specified in the account, when the user logs in.

Their is a number of ways to getting this done but this is not one of them. I also found out that he has no idea how to script so suggesting an overnight scripted move is not an option.

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