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MyDocuments and Desktop mapped to network share... but mapping doesn't always kick in.

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Windows 2003 SBS Server, recently setup as DC and file server for 12 users.

Users have local profiles. Allusers have their MyDocuments and Desktop mapped to server user shares, using the AD group policy. Works beautiful, the user goes to MyDocuments, the addressbar shows "\\MainSever\User\FrancoisL\My Documents\", and there's all the documents.

The problem: Francois just got a new workstation. Plugged it in, installed all software, joined domain, logged him in, go to MyDocuments, and I get... "C:\Documents and Settings\FrancoisL\My Documents\"... why?
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Question by:Ronino
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by:Spydergt
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Does it only happen the first time a user logs in to a new workstation?  In my experience GP doesnt always take effect when you first login in right away or when you type gpupdate.  But usually if you log in, off then back in it takes place.
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sensored2008 earned 65 total points
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on Run type cmd the gpupdate/force
group policy has an interval when it is start enforcing the policies created by the admin  so u might have  the pc to  domain after the interval of the dc has  passed  which means it should  take effect the next time the user logs in or the next day. but that is the case if the computer  account is in the same computer group as the  rest of the pcs in the domain.
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by:sensored2008
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u might need to the user account or the computer to where the group policy is applied
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by:Ronino
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gpupdate/force, and logoff / logon again did not fix things.

Sensored2008, what do you mean I need the user account on the computer? Create a local account account? Copy the profile locally? Not sure I get it...
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by:StuFox100
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You need to ensure the computer has the following GPO enabled:
Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon\ Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon
Cheers
Stu
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by:Henrik Johansson
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Anything in eventlog on client?

If GPO is configured to move data, the user nead to have full control of destination folder (including share permission) or the redirection will fail/cancel.

See table at bottom of link for necessary permissions:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781907.aspx
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by:sensored2008
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sorry i missed some words on that  hehe,
u might need to ensure that the user account or the computer is joined to the group where the group policy is applied
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by:sensored2008
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New created users and computer  account goes  to the  default  placement and that not always  where your  group policy is  applied  
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