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New Group Policy not being applied existing User Accounts

Last Modified: 2009-02-24
First, I'll start off by telling what my setup is at the moment. We have an old storage server with about 500GB that is getting close to be fulling, instead of adding more space, they decided to just buy a brand new Dell Server with 1.4TB. All the accounts are using "folder redirection" to the old server. I need them to go to the new server instead. I used Backup Exec to "restore" the folders and their permissions and security to the new server. I've checked this and everything copied over just fine. I used this method because if you just copy over all these folders the permissions and ownership won't copy over and you'll have to give the all the user accounts ownership again.

My problem is, is that I need to apply a new Group Policy that will redirect them to a new server. On my test account, when I apply the new Group Policy, it doesn't apply it and keeps redirecting back to the old server. The only way I've found that it will go to the new server is if I totally delete the user account and start off with the new Group Policy. Which I really don't want to have to do with all these user accounts in AD.

I troubleshooted a lot trying to get it to recognize the new group policy. If I run 'gpresult', it clearly says that the new group policy is in effect. But it isn't going to the new folder redirection. I've even tried clicking "Force" on the group policy and it still doesn't go.

Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Also, all of this is on Windows Server 2003, and the new server is running Windows Storage Server 2003.

Thanks in advance!
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I have seen this issue before.  Have you considered renaming the new box with the old server's name, and using the original policy?

I know we had some issues with folder redirection when we implemented it, too.  I found the following:

"In situations where you need for users to receive software, implement folder redirection, or run new scripts in a single logon, apply a GPO with the setting Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon to the computer. This setting is located under Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon in the Group Policy Object Editor. For this setting to take effect, Group Policy must be refreshed or the computer restarted."

There is more information on the page where I found that here:


Basically it says that because Windows XP logs on in asynchronous mode (ie. policy, etc, is actually processed post-logon), and because folder redirect (as well as a couple of other policies) *must* be applied at logon, it doesn't work first time around.  When you log on, it's too late for the policy to apply so it flags it for the next time the computer is rebooted to run at logon.

Give this a try and see what happens.
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