GPO to redirect desktop folder -- now new files on desktop do not appear until refresh

Posted on 2006-05-30
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Last Modified: 2008-12-10
I have a Group Policy that redirects a few user's 'My Documents' and 'Desktop' to a server drive.

When the user is in Microsoft Word, Outlook, or whatever (actually, doesn't matter what program they are using), if they wanted to save a document on their desktop, they save the file, but then when they go to their desktop the file is not there. In fact a user can just right click on the desktop and select New Text File -- and not see anything.

Well, actually, it IS, but they have to press F5 (Refresh) in order to get it to show up.

Needless to say this is quite annoying.

So ... how do i get files to show up on the desktop without having to press F5 all the time?

Question by:richard_west
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Expert Comment

ID: 16794143
Hi richard_west,

does your event log show anything?

Author Comment

ID: 16798481
No errors or messages of any kind in the event log.

I can see where the redirect took place for the desktop, application and my document folders. There were a few errors initailly as I was setting up the proper permissions on the shared folder on the server. However that appears to be working now and I see no messages in the event viewer indicating a problem.

I should say that I'm also using roaming profiles with folder redirection.

Accepted Solution

richard_west earned 0 total points
ID: 16801251
I have found my answer is Microsoft KB 823291

1. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
2. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.  
3. Type NoSimpleNetIDList, and then press ENTER.  
4. On the Edit menu, click Modify.  
5. Type 1, and then click OK.  

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