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Folder Redirection requires refresh for "Desktop" and "My Documents" after 1st logon with roaming profile.

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Windows XPWindows Server 2003Microsoft Legacy OS
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Hi Everyone,

I have a strange problem which has been described on the 'net at various places, but none seem to have a solution.  I've done some investigation to the problem, but have not yet found the cause of the problem.

Description:

-Only 1 server running FILE/PRINT/DC/DHCP/DNS/WINS/Simply Accounting 2008 SQL Server/DELL SERVER MANAGMENT SOFTWARE

-"Application Data", "Desktop", & "My Documents" are being redirected to the user's home path (no problems with redirecting)

-Problem occurs on Windows XP SP2/SP3

-When the user first logs in, and the folders are redirected, a user can create an object on the Desktop (New Test Document.txt) and it will immediately appear on the desktop.  After logging off and logging back on (to the same workstation or any other workstation) the user MUST press F5 to display any newly created/modified objects on the Desktop or in My Documents.

-No Errors in the event log.

-I have 3 or 4 other nearly identically (same folder redirection, GPO's, permissions, etc) setup networks that do not experiance this problem.

-I have determined that SMB communication from the server is responsible for sending folder update information to all workstation that the user is logged in (the user is logged into 2 workstations and creates a "New Text Document.txt" on one and will show up on the other workstation almost immediately)

-On the network that IS working properly, renaming "New Text Document.txt" will have QUERY_PATH_INFO SMB traffic (4 times with the new file name)
SMB Traffic: --> (to server) <-- (to workstation)
--> Rename Request, Old Name: \DESKTOP PATH\New Text Document, New Name: \DESKTOP PATH\New Name.txt
<-- Rename Response
<--NT Trans Response, NT NOTIFY
........
-->Trans2 Request, QUERY_PATH_INFO, Query File Basic Info, Path: \DESKTOP PATH\New Name.txt
<-- Trans2 Response, QUERY_PATH_INFO
...4X

- On the network that IS NOT working properly, renaming "New Test Document.txt" will NOT have QUERY_PATH_INFO SMB traffic UNTIL the F5 Key is pressed (seem like it "forgets" to query for more information?)

SMB Traffic: --> (to server) <-- (to workstation)
--> Rename Request, Old Name: \DESKTOP PATH\New Text Document, New Name: \DESKTOP PATH\New Name.txt
<-- Rename Response
<--NT Trans Response, NT NOTIFY

....and then nothing more...

PRESS F5

-->Trans2 Request, QUERY_PATH_INFO, Query File Basic Info, Path: \DESKTOP PATH\New Name.txt
<-- Trans2 Response, QUERY_PATH_INFO
...4X

And the desktop is properly updated.

Logging off, deleting the roaming profile and loggin in for the first time again with a new profile resolves this issue, until the user logs off and logs back in again.

The network works great otherwise, but this is a really annoying problem that needs to be resolved.

Thanks,
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