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"folder redirection" is missing in the group policy editior of Windows Server 2003

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Hi all

"folder redirection" is missing in the group policy editior of Windows Server 2003, and I can't go any further until I get this resoved.

I have put up a screenshot of the issue at:      http://www.bizlist.ca/missing.htm

There should be a folder called "folder redirection in the "Windows Settings" under "User Configuration"

I have spent literally hours trying to resolve this issue but no luck. It's likely pretty simple but I after going around and

around I am hoping for a guide out of the trees.

I have tried the fixes suggested by Microsoft at: http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/e88aba03-65b7-4084-a8ef-eb4ca907fe921033.mspx which suggested the following:

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Some policy areas are missing when I open up the Group Policy Object Editor.

Each area of Group Policy functionality is implemented by a Microsoft Management Console snap-in DLL that is registered by default. For example, Administrative Templates and Scripts use gptext.dll, folder redirection uses fde.dll, and Security
Settings uses wsecedit.dll. If these DLLs are un-registered or removed, the underlying Group Policy editing functionality
that they implement will not appear in the Group Policy Object Editor.

To resolve this issue, you need to re-register the appropriate MMC snap-in DLL that implements the missing functionality.

 To reregister MMC snap-in DLLs
 
 1.  Open a command prompt.
 
2.  Type the following command: regsvr32 snap-inDLLname

By default, you can find all of the MMC snap-in DLLs related to Group Policy in %systemroot%\system32.

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Some settings are missing in the Group Policy Object Editor.
Administrative Templates can contain both true policies and preferences, but by default the Group Policy Object Editor
exposes only true policies. To show all possible settings, you need to expose preferences in the Group Policy Object Editor.

 To expose preferences in the Group Policy Object Editor
 
 1.  Highlight the Administrative Templates node for which you want to see preferences.
 
2.  On the View menu, click Filtering, and then clear the Only show policy settings that can be fully managed check box.
 
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Any help will be apreciated. :-)

All the best to all of you

Don

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by:Pete Long
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Very Odd is this the problem http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888254 ?
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oh hang on I see what your doing  :)

This is a local policy - folder redirection cannot be set in local policy :)  its a Group Policy Object setting :) theres nothing wrong with your system
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by:Pete Long
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here see my server (note the difference)

http://www.petenetlive.com/eequestion/gpo.jpg
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by:Summer67
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Hi Pete

You are likely correct.  

I apologize in advance for my lack off knowledge :-) but if I understand correctly, I create the new OU and create users in that OU and then my issue should be resolved.  Is this correct?

Thanks

Don
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Spot on Don! You are correct yes :)

Never appologize for what you dont know - in this line of work there is always more we dont know that the little amount we do :)

Pete
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by:Summer67
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Hi Pete

I created a new OU and also created a new user in that OU but when I restarted the GP editor I still don't have folder redirection. I must still be missing something.

Don
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by:Summer67
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PS - I also confirmed that the new user can log in from a workstation properly.

Don
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by:Pete Long
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OK go to a domain controller

Start > run > dsa.msc {enter}

Locate the new OU  > Right Click It > Properties > Group policy > NOW STOP

what happens next depends on weather you have GPMC installed - do you

a. just see one button on the tab (this means you have gpmc installed)
b. have the ability to create a new policy from this tab - (you dont have gpmc installed)
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by:Summer67
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Hi

I have gpmc installed - one button
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OK hit the button. (note even if you want different settings move all the users out of this OU and do this for YOUR user object to prove to yourself it works - then you can change it accordingly)

Expand your domain > Locate your OU > right click it > select "create and link gpo here" > give it a name like "folder redirect"
Right click it in the right hand pane and select Edit
Navigate to User configuration > Windows Settings > folder redirection > right click my documents > properties > change to basic "redirect everyones folder to the same location" > In target folder location  set "Redirect to the following location" > change root path to \\yourservername\sharename > apply > OK

Remember this GPO applied to USERS so if you havp workstationd in the OU you have wasted your time you need to put users in it.

Now go to a client PC > Log in > Start > run > gpupdate /force {enter} > Reboot the PC > Log on as a user the GPO is supposed to apply to.
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by:Summer67
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Hi Peter

Your solution worked well.  Thansk you for your patience and assistance.

All the best to you!

Don

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Cheers Don sorry for the late follow up Glad you are fixed :)

Pete
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Although a year or so later, I had the same problem. And I also looked for hours.

So thanks for the very clear explanation; the screenprints helped me much more then all the cryptic [most probably correct] references on the internet.
Thanks a bunch m8!

Durdane
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:) Glad to be of help :)
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