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Knowing that Redirection folder GPO apply to user configuration, there are 3 OUs: Workstation OU, Laptop OU & User Accounts OU.

For those laptop joined domain successfully, it will move to Laptop OU. Currently, My Document redirection GPO was applied to User Accounts OU regardless laptop or workstation user.

The question is that how Redirection folder not to apply to Laptop OU. Loopback process?
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by:CharliePete00
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The simple answer is yes, use loopback with replace (Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>System>Group Policy>User Group Policy Processing Mode).

You do have other options however.

By default redirected shell folders (My Documents, Desktop, Application Data, etc.) are available offline (cached to the offline files cache).  If you properly configure the slow link threshhold (say at than 1 Mbps) you can make sure that users on slow links will work with the copy in the local cache and that users on fast links (such as inside your LAN) will work off of the network copy.  Settings for offline files and folders can be found under both the user and computer configuration portions of GPOs at:

Administrative Templates>Network>Offline Files
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by:chekfu
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oh well, I have turned on loopback process in "My Document redirection" GPO name. What's the next? Should I remove the GPO from User Accounts OU and then apply that GPO in Workstation OU and Laptop OU? Therefore, "My Document redirection" GPO will apply to Desktop PCs and Laptops instead of applying to users.
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If you are only redirecting standard folders like "My Documents" you do not need a seperate GPO for laptops at all, because "Offline Files and Folders" is turned on for those by default.  This means that those folders (and the files they contain) will be available even when users are not connected to the network.  With offline files and folders a user is actually working off of a local copy and changes are synchronized with the copy on the server the next time the user logs on to the network or immediately if they are already connected to the network.  If the link to the network is too slow (like when a user is connecting remotely) the user will only work with the local copies of files and changes will be synchronized with the copies on the server the next time they connect with a fast link (like when they are at the office).  You can even define what slow link is via GPO.  The default is that any link slower than 64 Kbps (slightly better than dialup) is slow and the local copy will be used.  I would change this to 1.5 to make connections from most remote users consiered slow so almost everyone connecting remotely will work off of the local copies of file in their "My Documents" folders.

If it is you company's policy to redirect everyone's "My Documents" folders I would create 2 GPOs both without the Loopback policy turned on.  The first would define the Folder Redirection policy and apply to all users.  In the second I would define slow links at about 1.5 Mbps and apply it to all machines.  To do this:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Networking > Offline Files > Configure Slow Links Speed = 15000
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