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Redirect folders in Wndows Terminal Services

I have been asked to install software on a windows Terminal Server.  however when the server was setup they did not allocate much space to the C: drive.  Now they are experiencing space issues on the drive and their is no room to install additional software.  

I have redirected the print spool, set limits on temppary internet files to clean up some space.  however it is not enouth to install the software.  

I would like to redirect their My Documents Folder, Desktop, and application folder to a second local drive.   I have gone into the GPOE and found where I would normally redirect the folders.  However the Server is part of a domain and I would have to edit the default domain policy to make the change and I only want the folders redirected in terminal services.  

Is there a way to redirect the folders only on this Terminal server.

The server is running Windows 2003 Standard
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rfportillaCommented:
That is what OU's are for.  Create an organizational unit for terminal server users.  put those users in there.  Then create a group policy for that group.  If you need to do it just for that server (if you have other terminal servers you don't want to do this for), you accomplish this in Active Directory Sites and Services.  

I hope I'm not oversimplifying your problem, but let me know if I am missing something.

Hope this helps.
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Read here
 
http://www.msterminalservices.org/articles/Configure-Folder-Redirection.html
 
There's a section "Terminal Server Group Policy Best Practice"
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
After you get this configured you may also want to use the setting "delete cached copies of roaming profiles" <<<<with many users this will greatly reduce the amount of space used under c:\documents and settings.
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qvfpsAuthor Commented:
maybe I do not quite understand how all this works.  The user logs on to the domain from their PC.  They are not using roaming profiles so they have a local copy of My Documents, Desktop, and Application Folder under documents and settings/username.   When they need to run one of their applications they connect to the Terminal server with remote desktop using the same logon credentials.  

On the terminal server they now have local copies of the folders under Documents and Settings/username which is different than the one on their PC.    

I dont want to make a lot of changes right now I only want to free up space on the C: drive on the terminal server by moving the folders to a different local drive which has plenty of space.  

Maybe Im wrong but it seems to me that the above suggestions will create a single location for their folders no matter where they are logging on.  

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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
"On the terminal server they now have local copies of the folders under Documents and Settings/username which is different than the one on their PC. "
this will be considered(looked at as) a roaming profile
 
"Maybe Im wrong but it seems to me that the above suggestions will create a single location for their folders no matter where they are logging on. "
This will be only for the "Terminal service" OU you create
 
Look here for recommendations on gaining space
http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/bootdrivesize.asp 
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qvfpsAuthor Commented:
If I am creating a terminal server OU and moving the users into it.  wouldn't that affect the location of the folders when the connect to the domain as well as wen the log onto the terminal server since they are using the same logon credentials?
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
if setup correctly the settings will only get applied to users that log into the terminal server, not when they log in eslewhere.
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qvfpsAuthor Commented:
Sorry but I still dont understand how this works.  Do I need to recreate all the users in a new OU for the terminal server so I can apply different GPO settings?  

"On the terminal server they now have local copies of the folders under Documents and Settings/username which is different than the one on their PC. "

this will be considered(looked at as) a roaming profile

I thought a roaming profile copied the contents of the folders eatch time you logged on.  That way no matter where you logon you have the same contents in your folders?
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lamaslanyCommented:
You would normally use a loopback group policy.

Create a TS OU and move your TS computer accounts into that OU.
Create a group policy linked to the TS OU.
Edit the TS GPO to enable group policy loopback (I'd suggest replace rather than merge) and then make the necessary folder redirections in the user-portion of the TS GPO.

You do not need to move the users' account into the TS OU - with a loopback policy the user portion of the policy is applied based on the computer account location rather than the user account.


There is a Microsoft KB that might make it a little clearer:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260370
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Loopback policy is already mentioned and explained how to set up in my first post
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rfportillaCommented:
I think the problem with that, Dstewartjr, is that the users are logging on to the domain on their own pc and on the terminal server.  So if the user is given this policy via the ts GP, then it would apply to anywhere that user logs on, locally or remotely.  I don't know if there is a ts policy to handle this, but if there aren't a lot of users, these folders could be moved over manually or the contents put onto a share drive.  Create a share and have the users move their stuff over or move it for them.  Use GP to automatically connect to the share and they can access it from either place.
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qvfpsAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the assistance.  I ended up just finding more space I could free up on the C drive for now.  I plan on revisiting this when I have the time and am more familiar with their AD setup to keep the space issue from reoccurring.  Thanks again.  All of the comments were a huge help.
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Donald StewartNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Still dont know how you can give an assist to a comment that was repeat  of what was covered in the very first link I provided?
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