Group Policy

hi Experts,

I have an AD environment, i have an OU for users and an OU for computer, i if create o GP for folder redirection ie My Docs etc and link that GP to the computers OU it will not run, if however i link the gp to the users OU that i created it will run, why is this happening?


Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

The reason this is happening is that folder redirection is based on a user policy so it only works when a user logs in.

So what you are doing is saying that when joebloggs logs in you want his my docs to move to x location. But when a computer policy is applied it cannot generalise and say everybodys folder to here so it will skip it.

Computer policies are only for items that affect the computer itself such as software installation or file permissions or the like.

Hope this helps


Group Policy is processed for both computers and users, but different features work for each.  When you created the Group Policy, you probably noticed that there were two main branchs.  Computer Configuration and User Configuration.

Computer Configuration Settings get run at startup/shutdown, where User Configuration get processed at login/logout.  The feature you used (folder redirection) is listed under the "user configuration" settings, and therefore only is applied to users and not to computers.

Fortunately, Microsoft realized the limitations of this and created something called "Loopback Processing" for the situations where you want to apply user policies based on specific computers.

Loopback Processing of Group Policy

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
Folder redirection for my docs is in in HKEY_CURRENT_USER reg key,

to modify this key the user needs to be logged on, the user based group policy settings are applied when a user is logged into the machine,

This is why it doesnt work when you set it to the computers OU,
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Windows Networking

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.