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I am using Windows Server 2008 and I have to do a final migration from the Windows 2000 Server (demoted long ago). I have to transfer group, public and user files on the new server.

The only question I got about this is because since I am changing servers and the GPOs are attached to the old server shares in the GPOs, how can I change users' network drives pointers thru GPOs without anmy intervention on their computers, not even a relog, so I can avoid any form of downtime?

ie : I wanna change the pointer of the personal user's U: drive without asking the user to relog or even notice it. I'm going to change it from \OLDSERVER\users\%username% to \NEWSERVER\u\%username%

I know that there is DFS that avoids this thing and it's gonna be implemented after the migration.


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If you don't have DFS I don't think their is any way that you are going to change drive mappings with a GPO without the user noticing.

You might be able to make this with a DNS aliases, but as I understand it, you have to apply a change to all the clients first that will require a reboot.

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A change to client computers to use an alias name? Is this something new? I've done aliases for a goodly number of years w/o problems. Perhaps somethings different in these new-fangled Vista / Windows 2008 OS's re: aliases that I'm not aware of. – Evan Anderson Sep 17 '09 at 21:34

Just have the users logoff and logon again. You're trying to make this too complicated for not a lot of payoff. I'm all for doing things transparently but there's a point of diminishing returns (and you could've done this in a way as to have the new server computer end up with the same name as the old server computer, but you didn't).

You can use a NetBIOS alias. You don't need to make any changes to clients (see for a pretty good writeup) in order to use it to my knowledge.

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