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Posted on 2009-03-30
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I have set up a 2008 DC with roaming profiles and folder redirection.  All workstations are Vista Business.

I figured out how to get access to the profile folders from the Administrator Account with a group policy setting.  However, I am not having any luck getting to the data from the folder redirection.  The Administrator does not have access to those folders which is a problem when you are trying to run a backup.

One thing I tried to do is have the folders redirect into the same profile folder ( hoping the GP for the profile would apply).  But, no luck.  The only thing I can do is take ownership of the folders as an admin.  However, when I do that, the users/workstations can not longer gain access to the data even though the the security permission say that they can.

I need the administrator account to be able to view and copy the data from the redirected folders for backup purposes.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Redirecting into the Roaming Profile folder is relatively pointless, as it defeats the object of redirection by kicking the data back into the user profile. This will add to the confusion and could cause a good deal of corruption.

The setting you are looking for is on the 'Settings' tab of the folder redirection properties. Look at the 'Grant user exclusive access...' right on the Folder Redirection setup. If you remove this, users will no longer be added as the only user with access to their redirected folders, which ultimately means you can add Administrators on the parent folder, and it will be inherited down to the user folders to enable Admins to access a user's folders.

-Matt
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Thank you for the response tigermatt.  I don't know if this matter but the folder redirection into the profile folder created 2 folder per user.  username and username.v2  one for the profile and one of the folder redirection.

I will look through the setting you suggested and get back to you.  I am assuming you are talking about the settings tab in the group policy that sets up folder redirection?

I won't be able to look at this until wednesday.
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It's the Settings tab you need to check. The 2 folders per user issue and duplicate folders within the profile is to be expected, since the way you had it set originally was not ideally the way Folder Redirection should work.

-Matt
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