Terminal Server -- can't find Folder Redirection group policy item

Posted on 2008-10-01
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Hi, I have just installed a new Terminal Server to a domain with a single DC running Server 2003. When users log in remotely to the Terminal Server (TS), I'd like to store all user data on a network share on our main DC/file server. While I do have this working, while on the TS I don't see any group policy items for Folder Redirection; so, I have to manually redirect each user's My Documents by logging in as each user. I'd like this to be automated via Group Policy.

I'm sure if I went to my DC and looked in Group Policy that I'd find Folder Redirection--however I don't want to redirect folders for users logging in through their regular desktops, I just want to have this occur when they log onto the Terminal Server (local to the TS). Is there any way to do this via Group Policy? Why isn't Folder Redirection listed under TS: Local Policy > User Configuration > Windows Settings?

I should mention that in Active Directory I do see a tab for "Terminal Services Profile" but this looks like it's only for redirecting the Profile and Home directory. I want to redirect the local My Documents folder whenever a user logs into TS.

Question by:goldylamont
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jamietallman earned 2000 total points
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You need to use a loopback policy to implement this:

"The User Group Policyloopback processing mode policy setting is an advanced option that is intended to keep the configuration of the computer the same regardless of who logs on. This option is appropriate in certain closely managed environments, such as servers, terminal servers, classrooms, public kiosks, and reception areas. Setting the loopback processing mode policy setting applies the same user settings for any user who logs onto the computer, based on the computer.

When you apply Group Policy objects to users, normally the same set of user policy settings applies to those users when they log on to any computer. By enabling the loopback processing policy setting in a GPO, you can configure user policy settings based on the computer that they log on to. Those settings are applied regardless of which user logs on. When you use this option, you must ensure that both the computer and user portions of the GPO are enabled."


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