Cannot seem to reverse Application Data Folder Redirection
Posted on 2008-10-05
Hi all ..
Since I originally setup our SBS2003 server I have used Desktop, My Documents, and Application Data folder redirection. I now have some VPN users and it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to work with Application Data being redirected ... I tried to install Acrobat reader on one of the machines on the VPN and it took about 3 hours to complete because it was trying to interact with redirected Application Data folder.
I tried to turn this off by going into the properties in GPO->Domain->Small Business Server Folder Redirection (Opens new window) ->User Configuration->Windows Settings->Folder Redirection->Application Data and ensuring the Policy Removal was set to "Redirect the folder back to the local userprofile when policy is removed" (Was set that way already) and then in the Target tab changing the setting to "Not Configured".
I logged off and back on and nothing happened, everything stayed the same. By the way, I was testing with a machine on the local network (not VPN). Then I tried doing a gpoupdate /force and that didnt work either (after a log off/ log on) ... I rebooted, nothing.
I also went to Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->System->Group Policy and set "Folder Redirection policy Processing" to Enabled and checked "Allow processing across a slow network connection" and "Process even if the Group Policy objects have not changed" and that didnt help (also did a log off/ log on and reboot afterwards). The strange thing that should be noted is that when I go back into the Folder Redirection policy Processing settings the "Process even if the Group Policy objects have not changed" is unchecked. I can check it and hit ok, go back in and it stays checked. But if I come back later (like I just did so I could type the above) it is unchecked again. Not sure if that has anything to do with this or not, I doubt it I guess.
Anyway, I cannot seem to get this to work at all and it is driving me crazy. Please please can anyone lend any advice?
Also, I was searching through the registry on a workstation to see how application data was referenced. In some places the path is referenced as %APPDATA% but in others it is an actual path (\\ATLSERVER\Users\kelly\Application Data) ... should I be concenred? What will happen to those programs if I can ever get the app data back on the workstation? It seems like it is generally 3rd party software like ftp programs, etc.
Thanks for the help!