You have successfully applied your Folder Redirection policy's to the Windows 7 SP1 Clients. It was running for years without any problems and now it happened, the File Server has to be replaced due to age or performance or...
No matter what reason, what is the best way to move the User Shares to a new File Server, Disk on the LUN/SAN, without having the Data transferred over the wire from the Client, keep on reading and maybe you will have some Ideas.
Consider the following scenario:
Step 1: Configure the Windows 7 SP1 Client as follows:
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In Registry Editor, locate the following registry subkey:
make sure you have the most actual shell32.dll installed or at least the following Version:
Step 2: move the Data on the Server Side using robocopy in order to have also copied the metadata (do this on weekends or after hours)
Step 3: configure the Folder Redirection policy, or when variables are used, the User Object, with the new Path
Step 4: Start the Windows 7 SP1 Client and Log on to the computer to receive the updated Group Policy settings. This may require that you to log on, log off, and then log on again because the Group Policy settings can be applied asynchronously to the user’s logon.
But pay attention:
this scenario is only to be used when you don't want to move the Data by the Windows 7 SP1 Client over the wire by the initial Logon Sync! So, make sure that you did not have enabled the following option in the Folder Redirection Policy:
move the contents of <Folder Name> to the new location.
These steps also apply when DFS is used!
make sure that you have the latest Components on the Client in use for the Folder Redirection and Offline Files feature:
List of currently available hotfixes for the Offline Files Feature in Windows 8 and Windows 7 SP1
I hope this helps when you plan these Actions or when you have to do it fast due to an Server outage