Problems with Folder Redirect and roaming application data
Posted on 2006-06-14
I set up my clients to use folder redirect, but also set up the application data to store into their roaming profile. I didn't want to folder redirect the Application Data because it seems to want to put everything in one place.
Here's my issue:
I have successfully implimented this policy to all new employees without a problem. However, there were some guys that were using network logons that didnt' have folder redirect and application data in their roaming profiles that I wanted to convert over.
I was able to seperate the users by creating a group policy and only issuing it to certain global secruity groups.
I wanted to start with one user before I make a drastic change. I changed his password so I could get into his account. Logged on with his locally stored profile. Then went to the server, added him to the global security group that has folder redirect and application roaming set and then ran gpupdate /force. I then waited a bit, logged off of his account and then relogged in.
At first everything looked the same. So now I rebooted his machine and then logged back in. This time I noticed that his MyDocuments folder is now redirecting. however, his Desktop isn't (which he has a lot of stuff on). I logged off again and noticed a lot of failures with the application data occured. I noticed that it had a lot to do with the software, "Skype". I probably just need to uninstall it and reinstall it in it's own folder. Looks like the application data from this application does not roam.
I then logged in again, all the files showed up. I wasn't certain about the desktop, so I tried logging into another workstation. I did and then the background changed and all the data on the desktop wasn't there. I logged off and went back to the original workstation. I logged back in and then the background went to the changed background, but thankfully the files came back (I backed them up anyway). I just changed his background the way it was earlier and then left. I didn't want to uninstall Skype without him knowing. I don't use it as much as him, so I don't want to mess anything up.
When he logged in in the morning, all sorts of issues went on with his Application Data. Many Outlook configurations were off and all of his Skype information was lost. His desktop still doesn't appear to be roaming.
Any ideas of what went wrong?