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SBS 2003 and moving Users Shared Folders

This is starting to get annoying.  I cannot for the life of me figure out how to move the Users Shared Folders and ClientApp locations after installation.  I want to put them on a separate drive, since the main drive could fill up from all of the stuff, and I have plenty of room on my D drive.

I read about reinstalling the Administration component, which I did, but it didn't work.  It said it had to reboot and setup would continue after rebooting, but nothing came up after rebooting.  Could it be because I'm connecting over Remote Desktop?

Anyone have any ideas?

Posted: Feb 12 2004, 08:19 PM by qgyen | with 14 comment(s)
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Gerry Roston said:

Have you found a solution to this?
# March 13, 2004 11:58 AM

Paul Schwartz said:

Hey guys,

I found the answer to both of these problems... and it did involve removing and reinstalling the administration component...but there's more.

I was working with my Dell preinstalled SBS2003, which came completely configured.

I did this all using RD. This requires Disk 3 of setup.

Go into A/R programs and select Change/Remove on Windows Small Business Server 2003.

You have to remove the admin component (which removes the "Server Administration" MMC set completely) then reboot. It doesn't come back up automatically, so you have to run it again from A/R programs. (I noticed it put the "configure server" shortcut back on the desktop though. This allows you to change the location of Users Shared Folders. CAUTION: I did this on a server with NO data yet (thankfully) because it removed the folder entirely. If you're doing this on an existing server, copy your data someplace first.

To change the ClientApps folder, you need to remove and reinstall the "Client deployment" component.

Not well documented, but not hard to do, either.
# March 19, 2004 2:22 PM

steve said:

its fairly easy to move clients apps, as all you need is to chanbge the registry key as per a Q art. But how top move the Users Shared Folders?
# April 13, 2004 5:45 AM

Cameron said:

Excellent article, very easy to read.
# June 2, 2004 8:38 PM

Mike said:

Ugh, this is driving me crazy. The xcopy command they cite as an example in that document keeps returning "Invalid number of parameters" regardless of what I try. Any ideas?
# June 2, 2004 9:13 PM

Jon said:

I went through all of the steps listed by Jeff that MS published. I now have many more problems than I started with. Instead of trying to find the optimal process to move the Users Shared Folders, I am now having to do a great deal of trouble shooting to figure out what all was damaged.

I followed those directions exactly.

# July 11, 2007 3:47 PM

Chris said:

Worked for me.  I didn't use xcopy though i just set the permissions manually based on the original folder

# November 14, 2007 7:00 PM

Sam said:

I also copied mine using explorer and then set the permissions manually - So far I have n't had any problems.

Maybe one could use a program such as Total Commander to copy / move - it also (supposedly) preserves NTFS permissions.

# November 29, 2007 1:33 AM

gururug said:

Problem is with copying and pasting microsoft xcopy command, have to type manually!!!

# August 15, 2009 1:21 AM

pjenei said:

Invalid number of parameters error occured because you copied the command from Word, where double quote (") is not a real double quote character. I used the following:

xcopy "C:\Users Shared Folders" "E:\Users Shared Folders" /e /o /d /h /v /i /c>>C:\Copyresults.txt

# September 23, 2009 5:41 AM

Mike said:

I was getting the same error as pjenei. What I had to do was remove the spaces in the folder name like so: "C:\UserSharedFolders" also I'd leave off the ">>C:\Copyresults.txt" because it sends all prompts to that file instead of the terminal window.

Hope that helps.

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