Problems when trying to implement Folder redirection through Group Policy

Posted on 2009-04-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-25
I have been  trying to set up folder redirection for our company but I have been having some issues. Basically our company is built up of several franchises that are running there own servers on there own domains, recently we have created another domain that spans all the franchises and we are trying to get all there applications and so forth centralised in a datacentre.

The folder redirection that I am trying to setup is for the new domain that spans all the franchises but the issues that I have been having are that all the franchises needs to have the My Document information redirected back to the servers they have on the old domains as the new domain does not have space for the user profiles yet, so they are stored per franchise.

I am also trying to redirect the application data but this should not be an issue as this is just going to be directed to the C: of the local machine that they are working on.

Any suggests would be greatly appreciated
Question by:MartynLawson
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Expert Comment

ID: 24095040
What kind of trust setup do you have?
I would have a group for each franchise and create a seperate policy per group and filter so only that group is applied each policy. The group for each franchise will need permissions on the old file servers so you would need a one way trust for each franchise from the new domain which shouldn't be an issue security wise.

Author Comment

ID: 24095412
At the moment we have a single User Configuration GPO for all users.

Then in active directory we have a OU for each of the different franchises or divisions. The different OU groups contain the user profiles which then contain the profile and Terminal Services profile information. In some cases even though the users are in the same OU group they point to different servers for the location of the Home Folder

I am trying to implement this folder redirection without creating additional GPO's or OU's. Do you think that this is possible or am I going to have to completely rework the OU structure to accomodate this necessary change?

Author Comment

ID: 24096008
Is it at all possible to point the redirection to the value that is stored in Home Folder Connect to path under the Users Profile in Active Directory?

If this is at all possible then it might resolve the problem that I am having

Accepted Solution

dj_relentless earned 500 total points
ID: 24100641
Yea you can use that variable but that will be alot of manual labour when you decide to migrate them to a single san or dfs later on which it sounds like you will. The minimum administrative effort (ms's favourite quote) would be to use security groups but you could rework your ou structure a bit as well as long as it's not going to break things and cause big headaches.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31567914
I have done what you have suggested and it has worked. Hopefully doing it this way will make it easy when we finally migrate all the users

Thanks for your assistance

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