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Redirect My Documents with Group Policy

Posted on 2009-05-08
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I have a small network with approximately 40 users.  A couple of years ago, I began redirecting the My Document folders on workstations (manually) to the user's home directory.  This worked well but now I'm creating Roaming Profiles and will incorportate Folder Redirection for recommended folders.  My question is if I now "enable" Folder Redirection for the My Documents folder through GPO (to the user's home directory), will this affect my current user's?  I would like to do this now, so when I create new users going forward they are redirected from the start.
Thanks in advance,
Kim
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I'm pretty sure your group policy won't work properly unless you first disable the manual folder redirection on the client (workstation) side.
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I'll test this on a test account and let you know how it goes.  Thanks,
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I have a hunch that group policy will grab the users My Documents folder from where it currently resides via your manual redirection and place it in the new location without a hitch.  

Still, I would suggest sorting your users into a couple of organizational units at least temporarily and only apply folder redirection an OU for new users.  Make sure that works as expected, then move some test accounts into that OU and see what happens.

Do a good backup of the users files first, of course!
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Thanks for the help.  You were right, I just finished testing a new user and an existing user.  The GPO worked correctly with the new user and didn't change anything with the existing one.  I Restored default location in the properties of My Documents, then logged off and back on.  My Documents redirected correctly on the existing user. Thanks for your help,
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Thanks to you also chirkware, you were spot on with yuor answer, but hypercat did answer first.  
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