App data folder redirection will not stop

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I enabled folder redirection of the App Data folder, as well as Documents, and Photos. This has caused a very noticeable performance hit. So, I have disabled folder redirection of the App Data folder. Unfortunately, it won't stop working.

In properties, on the Settings tab, I have selected/checked "Move the contents of AppData to the new location" and "Redirect the folder back to the local userprofile when policy is removed".

On a Vista machine, I used gpupdate/force after disabling App Data folder redirection on the server. I then used rsop.msc to verify that the folder was not listing in the policy results. It is not there. All looks good.

However, folder redirection has not stopped.

Note: I did not have the setting checked to support older operating systems. Folder redirection was set to return the redirected files to the original location upon removing the policy.

What can I do to disable folder redirection for the AppData folder?
Question by:jerrywin5
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    by:Darius Ghassem
    So, you have went through this article.

    Accepted Solution

    That article is for Windows server 2003 and so I was not able to follow all of its instructions.

    I was able to solve the problem. Here is what I did.

    I edited the folder redirection GPO. I navigated to User Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Folder Redirection > AppData(Roaming). In the properties of AppData, on the Target tab, I set Setting to Basic-Redirect everyone's folder to the same location and the Target folder location to Redirect to the local userprofile location. On the Settings tab, I set Move the contents of AppData(Roaming) to the new location and Leave the folder in the new location when policy is removed and clicked on OK.

    I then opened Command and did a gpupdate/force and relogged in. I then did the same on all clients in the user group that had folder redirection enabled. This redirected all AppData back to its original location on the client PCs.

    All are working fine now. AppData for Thunderbird loads quickly now as it is now local.

    The act of stopping a folder redirection is not strait forward. In fact, it is confusing and folder redirection is a pain to work with. Hopefully, Microsoft will simplify the process and make it easier to understand in the future.

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