Enable folder redirection on the Destination Server for SBS 2008 migration

Updated: January 22, 2009

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008

This is an optional task.

Now that user accounts are migrated to the Destination Server, you can finish setting up folder redirection. To do this, enable Windows SBS 2008 folder redirection by using the Windows SBS Console, and then delete the old Group Policy object on the Source Server. For instructions about how to delete the old Group Policy object, see Remove old Active Directory Group Policy objects for Windows SBS 2008 migration.

The following are the two Group Policy objects (GPOs) for folder redirection that are on the Destination Server:

  • Small Business Server Folder Redirection (the original Windows SBS 2003 GPO)

  • Small Business Server Folder Redirection Policy (the new Windows SBS 2008 GPO)

The Windows SBS 2008 GPO was enabled when you redirected folders, and it takes precedence over the original Windows SBS 2003 GPO.

To enable folder redirection on the Destination Server

  1. On the Destination Server, open the Windows SBS Console.

  2. Click Continue in the User Account Control dialog box.

  3. In the navigation bar, click the Users and Groups tab

  4. Click Redirect user account’s folders to the server in the Task pane.

  5. In the Folder Redirection Properties dialog box, on the Folder Names tab, select the folders that you want to redirect to the server.

  6. Click the User Accounts tab, select the user account names for the folders that you want to redirect to the server, and then click OK.

Users must log off and log back on to apply the folder redirection change to their computers. This ensures that all redirected folders are transferred to the Destination Server. Optionally, someone with administrator credentials on the client computers can force a Group Policy update.


Both the Source Server and the Destination Server must be connected to the network while the Group Policy changes are updated on the client computers. If you are about to demote and disconnect the Source Server from the network, ensure that Group Policy settings are applied to all client computers.

To force a Group Policy update on a client computer

  1. Log on the client computer as an administrator.

  2. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.

  3. At the command prompt, type gpupdate /force, and then press ENTER.

  4. The process may require you to log off and log on again to finish. Click Yes to confirm.