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How can I create what is similiar to a folder redirect for IE favorites?  This is within a windows sbs 2003 environment with windows xp clients.  I currently setup folder redirects with gpo's for the desktop and appdata.  and I used the my documents redirect wizard from the server management-users section.  And I'm letting sbs handle the email.

The only thing I can't figure out is how to configure IE Favorites for roaming.  Please help.

thanks!
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Your IE favourites are stored in C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Favorites so just set up another folder redirect for that folder using a GPO.
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hmmm, except I redirect the profile folder as well for roaming profiles.  But I cannot access the user profile folders for some reason.  It give me an error:

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D:\user_profiles\%username% is not accessible
Access is denied
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Any idea's why?
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Oh, I have administrative permissions and I've even set the permissions to everyone has full rights.
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http://www.microsoft.com/technet/solutionaccelerators/smbiz/sitsol/SBServcs_15.mspx?mfr=true

Scroll down to the section on roaming profiles, sbs is slightly different to 2003 STD, so check that out.
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That's exactly what I followed to create roaming profiles. in sbs.

the profiles folder is the only one setup with DFS.  Is that the problem?
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Incompatible with Encrypting File System: Encrypting File System is not compatible with files stored in roamed profiles. If any file or folder in the profile is encrypted using Encrypting File System, the profile will not be updated and downloaded.

DFS is fine however you should have followed this procedure when setting it up:

Create the DFS link:

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 Open the Distributed File System management console and open the DFS root created in the Distributed File System section in this chapter.
 
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 Right-click the DFS root and select the New Link... option.
 
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 Enter the following link properties and then click Ok:

" Link Name: RoamingProfiles
 
" Path to Target: Shared folder for roaming profiles
 
 

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That's exactly what I did!  :)  wow, I did something right.  Except I created a DFS root first, pointing to an empty folder on my data drive.  And then I created the user_profiles folder and created the link within the DFS.

Any other suggestions?
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You have got me stuck on this one, I have it working fine for clients.

I would try to start from scratch and see if that fixes it, or wait for another experts idea.
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fyi, If I try and open the folders from within DFS.  I get an error that say's that I don't have permissions to open the folders.  Which is strange because I'm admin.

I'd like to start over.  However, I don't want to touch the user profile folders for fear that they'll get messed up and the users will lose their data.  Is this a valid worry?

Will the user profiles local copy get restored to the server when they log in again with the new user_profiles folder?

My main concern is that they dont' lose any data.

Thanks!
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To be honest I am not sure, I have never had to do that myself, it seems to be narrowed down to a DFS problem if that is the case.

Open DFS snap in from the administrative tools menu, right click on each target and select remove, once you remove the last one it will delete the root, i would then re create it and hopefully it will work, otherwise we may have to try the alternative.
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Ok, I tried deleting the DFS all the way to the root.  And the problem remains.

I'm need to wait til after business hours to try the other alternative.  I'll keep you posted if it works.  Hopefully it does work and I'm able to try and configure the favorites redirecdt through gpo.  That sounds like the right plan.  I jjust can't test it yet.

Thanks!  I'll keep you posted.
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Ok, I figured it out!

I THINK the problem was with the combonation of my Application Data folder redirect Policy and Roaming Profile Policy in GPO.

I had my Roaming profile policy setup to not allow application data, my documents or desktop to roam with the profile. However, I never enabled the Application data folder redirect in GPO.  So my roaming profile policy was trying to connect to the server, while the application data folder had no where to go because the policy wasn't enforced yet.

I think that was the problem with me not being able to access the user profiles folder.

HOWEVER, I also don't think that your solution was the correct one for my situation.  And here's why, with roaming profiles the favorites already are roaming.  It's included in the roaming profile policy.  And I couldn't find a way to setup a folder redirect for the favorites.  The only options are Desktop, Application Data, My Documents, and Start Menu.

I'm not sure how to award the points or assign a grade to this.  :(  I want to award you the points because you did assist in helping me solve my problem.  But your recommendation was incorrect and I wouldn't want other people to try what you recommended....because it didn't work for me.  :(  Any suggestions how to award points and assign a grade?
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Well my solution didnt solve it, so I would request a points refund in the community support forum.

Glad you got it sorted out. How did you end up figuring that one out, event logs?
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