Favorites Folder Redirection with GPO
Posted on 2009-04-02
I'm trying to redirect all my users "Favorites" to their folders on the domain controller (domaincontroller). I ran across this on another site, so I've done everything there and still don't see a "Favorites" folder in my user folder on the domain controller (I am using myself as a test. I've created an OU "Test Users" and put myself in there. I added the default doman policy, changed the name, and added the "Favorites" administrative template to the policy.
Procedure completed (create a .adm file in notepad):
KEYNAME "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer \User Shell Folders"
#if version >= 4
PART !!IE_Favorites_Location_Tip1 TEXT
PART !!IE_Favorites_Location EDITTEXT EXPANDABLETEXT
;; MAXLEN 120
END CATEGORY ;; IE_Favorites
END CATEGORY ;; Internet Explorer
END CATEGORY ;; WindowsComponents
IE_Favorites="Location of Internet Explorer Favorites"
IE_Favorites_Location="The path to the favorites folder"
IE_Favorites_Location_Explain="Specify the path to the location of favorites. You can use variables like %USERPROFILE%, %USERNAME%, etc... Both local and UNC path are valid."
IE_Favorites_Location_Tip1="Specify the UNC path to the favorites location"
SUPPORTED_IE5="at least Internet Explorer v5.01"
Once I created this file. I added it to Default Domain Policy in the "User Configuration" "Administrative Templates" section.
This has to be done to see the policy setting:
After you add the custom administrative template and in the GPO editor uncheck:
View->Filtering->Only show policy settings that can be fully managed, you will find the settings you are interested in at the location shown in the picture.
I enable the setting and give this as the unc path for the redirection...
When I force the gpupdate in the command prompt I don't see the "Favorites" folder in my folder on the server. I've also restarted and logged out and back in numerous times. I can't figure out what has went wrong. The guy that created the file above said his works perfectly.