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Windows 2003 Group Policy - My Documents Folder redirection to Home Folder - AD User home folder set

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I have users with a home folder. For example: User1 has their home folder z:\ to \\server\share\user1 and its empty for now. The user logs in, they have a mapped drive z:\ to their home folder \\server\share\user1. Windows XP automatically knows and maps their home folder, very good. I want to redirect the My Documents for the user to their home folder, via a group policy. I went into the GP editor and set it to "Basic - Redirect to the users home folder". When I log into a machine, it doesnt change the My Documents folder, it points back to the default C:\docs and settings\%username%\My docs place.

Some help here please, thanks.
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from GPMC or domain policy

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 Open a Group Policy object that is linked to the site, domain, or organizational unit that contains the users whose My Documents folders you want to redirect.
 
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 In the console tree, double-click Folder Redirection to display My Documents.


policy name Policy > User Configuration > Windows Settings > Folder Redirection > My Documents
 
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 Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
 
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 In the Setting box on the Target tab, click
Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same location.
 
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 Under Target folder location, click Redirect to the user's home directory, in your case z:\ and then click OK.
 

then on your XP client start > run > gpupdate /force {enter}

reboot
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PeteLong,
I tried your method, but I get the same default c:\..... results. I changed some other trivial stuff in the GP like hide the 'change password' command, and that does take effect, so the GP is updating. I just dont understand. I even put a folder called "My Documents" inside their home folder in my last attempt to check that, still no go.
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check resultant set of policy (no one is on a link slower than 512kbps is there?)

See what policies are being applied to XP

First
Click Start >run >cmd {enter}
gpupdate /force {enter}
Let the client reboot.

After a reboot
Click Start >run>mmc {enter}
File>add/remove snap in >add
Add in the “Resultant set of policy”

Get IT Done: Troubleshoot group policies with Windows XP's Resultant Set of Policy Wizard
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-6270-1054826.html
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For some reason it will absolutely not bring over the Folder redirection, but all other GP policies are brought over in the RSOP tool.
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It is confirmed, absolutely every setting except the folder redirection is applied. I changed settings a bunch of times...and all updates are reflected perfectly with the RSOP tool. I cannot figure out why folder redirection isnt working.

Windows 2003 Server SP0
Windows XP Pro SP2

if anyone can help, please do.
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Expand the following: User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy.
Double click Group Policy slow link detection.
Verify the connection speed configured.
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How do you want it to be configured? I am not sure how to shut off the detection.

Right now our LAN is on a gig backbone with 100mbps to the desktop.
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see the explain tab ;)
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Well I set it to 0 so it would not check. The folder redirection still does not work. :(
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OK you dont have file syncronisation turned on or anything do you
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I have a brand spanking new GP, and its the only one in use other than our domain GP which only had ~6 configurations for windows update. I have not configured anything out of the way such as file sync.
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I think it gets turned on by default

on a client open a windows explorere window > tools > folder options > offline files and ensure its off
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computer>admin>system>logon = always wait for network before startup or login [enabled]

this was the final puzzle piece for it to work. I absolutely need both this and the link set to 0.
Thanks.
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phew! glad your fixed :)
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ThanQ
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