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

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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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
from GPMC or domain policy

1.
 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.
 
2.
 In the console tree, double-click Folder Redirection to display My Documents.


policy name Policy > User Configuration > Windows Settings > Folder Redirection > My Documents
 
3.
 Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
 
4.
 In the Setting box on the Target tab, click
Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same location.
 
5.
 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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atkfrg56Author Commented:
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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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
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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atkfrg56Author Commented:
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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atkfrg56Author Commented:
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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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
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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atkfrg56Author Commented:
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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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
see the explain tab ;)
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atkfrg56Author Commented:
Well I set it to 0 so it would not check. The folder redirection still does not work. :(
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
OK you dont have file syncronisation turned on or anything do you
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atkfrg56Author Commented:
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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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
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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atkfrg56Author Commented:
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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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
phew! glad your fixed :)
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Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
ThanQ
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