Conflict between Windows Server 2003 SBS Folder Redirection, and roaming profiles
Posted on 2008-10-27
I have Server-A (Windows 2003 SBS, file and print server and Domain Controller for the network
With 28 workstations, A-1 to A-28. Each A-user has its own workstation, with local profile, with My Documents and Desktop redirected to the user share on the server through a GPO redirection. These users (Group-A) are set up as domain power users.
I then add 6 workstations, B-1 to B-6.
Similar setup, but for 10 B-Users, who have ROAMING profiles. Otherwise, same setup, My Documents and Desktop redirected to the user share on the server through a GPO redirection.
A-users don't have any problems, all is good.
B-users shows some unusual behavior: if User-B1 deletes a file from his account, the file disappears as it should. Then User-B1 logs off, logs back on, and the deleted file is back in his account! This happens to all deleted files.
It turns out, when B-user James logs in, his profile (including documents and desktop) are copied locally.
Then when James deletes my_doc_1.doc from what he sees as "My documents", he actually deletes
And then when James logs off, his local copy of the profile is copied back to the server, INCLUDING my_doc_1.doc. Thus, when he logs back on, he sees the file back in place - he is never able to delete files!
I was told to to move folder redirections to a location outside of the roaming profile. So I took the folder redirection GPO (which points to "\\ServerA\UserFiles\%username%\"), and I changed the scope from "Domain users" to "A-group".
Then I created another redirection GPO, applied it to "B-group" only, and set the redirection to "\\ServerA\UserFiles-B\%username%\".
Did gpupdate /force, restarts, multiple logon / logoff, cycles. To no avail. Every time I login as James, I still get sent to \\ServerA\UserFiles\James\My Documents\ (the old redirection folder).
When I tried rsop.msc, it even told me that the redirection policy is
my documents > \\ServerA\UserFiles\James\My Documents.
But it didn't tell me which GPO was causing that (GPO = ' ')
How can I change this mapping?