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Some parts of GPO not applied for some users

Posted on 2009-04-19
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi experts ,,,
Could some one please help me in identifying the following problem which I've been investigating during the past three days with no solution?
I've redirected users folders to server share through GPO , some parts of the GPO in not taking place for some users ,,,, for some all folders are redirected as it should , for others only Desktop items are redirected , all users are on same and Machines are on same OU , I tried the following : I've blocked inheritance of the default GPO , linked the  OU GPO to domain root , tried access from different machines , and every time I was Gupdating the GPO and using low time refresh rate for the GPO (3 minutes ) ,,,, Unsuccessfully ,,, I checked for those users "Resultant set of Policy - planning" and the GPO sittings are set perfectly , but with Resultant set of Policy-logging I found that only Desktop folder is set in the GPO redirection with exclamations mark on those parts on the set) ,,,, I'm confused and don't know what is preventing those parts form applying though ,,,,
This is Windows 2008 domain with XP-SP3  and vista clients using FSMO 2003 .

Question by:rmmustafa
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ID: 24178619
All other parts of the GPO are implemented on those clients like deploying of a package , but regarding to redirection only Desktop items are redirected while mydocuments is still on its location on the client machine , this is not the case for other users where all of thier folders are redirected (even when they log in from same machines where other users folders are not redirected )...

Expert Comment

ID: 24186681

have you tried using GPUPDATE with the /force switch?

e.g. in the command prompt

gpudate /force


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rmmustafa earned 0 total points
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As I mentioned earlier on my post , I was gupdating (gpupdate / force ) after each GPO changes and using low rate refresh interval set at the domain GPO.
Anyhow ,,, After 5 days of exhaustive search and reviewing all related sittings on the domain , the cause of this issue is found but it is not clear why it has different influence on different PCs : All folders are redirected to a DFS share , all shared folders permissions were set and tested  with excellent results, but it was found out that the DFS Folder targets should have full access permission to domain users (it was read & write ) on one of the target folders and full on the others , and   this was the cause of the problem ,,, but as I mentioned earlier  , its influence was on some PCs not on all , because all folders were redirected and worked fine on some machines while not on others (using same version and service pack of XP ).

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