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DFS My Documents Requires Manual Refresh to see Edit, Create, Delete items

Posted on 2006-06-22
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Currently Policy redirects My documents to \\servername\staff$\%username% the user home folder. It works correctly. I just deployed DFS to the site and My Documents redirected succesfully, but when a new folder is either deleted or created it will not show (when using DFS namespace) until a manual refresh is done (F5 or view/refresh) It does not happen using windows explorer->create new folder under the home foldering mapping (not my documents), but it will happen if you create the new folder under my documents.

Environment:
Two DCs, All workstations XP SP2, all have been updated with latest updates using WSUS, FileServer with DFS, single target, no DFS Replication, using it mainly for easy naming convention.

Testing Done:
Mutiple Workstations, tested users with rights from domain admin to standard user.

Fix:
All systems were running XP SP2, so I tried the reg edit suggested in this KB, and it worked.

Question:
Is the regedit required or am I missing something? If the regedit is required how do I deploy this to all my workstations? I was going to use regedit /s myregfix.reg from a share off a server but a standard user does not have permission to change registry (this cannot be adjusted).  I created a GPO with the registry fix and it ran correctly under domain admin credentials. I attemped to run the reg edit as a machine start up script, with no success (loopback merge enabled).I can not deploy any third party registry editing utilities, ie desktopstandard.com products to edit the HKCU section of the registry through a GPO.

This is a sample of the registry file I am currently using, taken from the below KB.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

"NoSimpleNetIDList"=dword:00000001

Research Done:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;823291
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Question by:gemarcoux
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Sembee earned 1500 total points
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I make this change on all deployments of DFS.

The way that I get the registry change to the users is with the following command in a login script. Login scripts run under a different context to the user account and therefore registry changes can take affect.

%systemroot%\regedit /s dfsrefresh.reg

Simon.
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by:gemarcoux
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Thanks Simon.

I had previously deployed a login script through a user setting->startup scripts, but not through the login script in the user options. Does AD treat those differently?

I ended fixing the problem by deploying the registry edit through a custom ADM file

CLASS USER
CATEGORY "Windows Explorer"
Policy "Enable DFS My Document Refresh"
KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer"
VALUENAME "NoSimpleNetIDList"
VALUEON NUMERIC "1"
VALUEOFF NUMERIC "0"
END POLICY
END CATEGORY;

It has been working for a week, thank you suggesting this solution. I will award 250 points.

Greg
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by:Sembee
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I have always set the login scripts through the location on the user account, but then I am old school, coming from NT4 days. That script is run with different credentials.

Simon.
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by:mcrtec
ID: 33306615
This worked for me. Thanks.
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