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User Documents Redirection

Windows 7 pro client (brand new machine from Dell, straight out the box)
Server 2003 functional domain level
Server 2003 PDC
roaming profiles
redirected Documents ( \\server2\home\%USERNAME%\documents to H:\ ) by GPO


i have a problem with a certain user profile. a user is being ported over to Windows 7 machines, meaning that the new user profile is created (ie username.V2) when the user logs onto the W7 machine.

i log onto the W7 machine creating the user profile on the share and the local machine.
the H:\ drive is connected as expected and if you go:

My Computer -> H:\

you can see the server share redirect working.

now if you go

Start -> Documents

where it should show my documents, the library doesn't include the server share and only C:\Users\username\documents

i have tried adding the share to the library and this does work, but this is a messy work around, and if i download something the default directory is the local path (C:\users\username\documents)

i have looked at the registry keys for the paths that it should use, and have changed them to the server share but still they do not appear, even though they are clearly defined in the registry keys. (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders)

i have deleted the server and client copy of the profile, basically starting from scratch again. (thats changed a bit from XP)
still didnt work.

i have proved that it is a problem with the user account by logging another user onto the machine, giving me the desired outcome.

i have logged the problem user onto another W7 machine and it still has the same problem, although that would have been taking the .DAT from the server share (already created by logging onto machine)

please help!

i have had no W7 training, although i am an MCSA2003 so i can answer intricate questions to help diagnose this!

any help greeted!



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The profile and the redirection are two separate things.
The profile will change to using the %username%.V2 the redirection on the other hand does not change.
The redirection occurs after two logins.  Look at the redirection GPO and see if there are any errors.  use GPMC to generate a logging set of information for the user on the computer to see whether the GPO was applied and if not why not.

Are you only redirecting the My documents or are you redirecting all four folders (my documents, application data, start, desktop)?
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Is your My Documents redirection occuring through a group policy?  If so, and if your other workstations (and this user's prior workstation) were XP, then the group policy for the XP machines for My Documents redirection will not work on your Windows 7 machine.  The easiest way to correct this would be to log on to the Windows 7 machine with domain/local admin rights, and edit the group policy directly on that machine, which will have the new group policy files (.admx instead of.adm) that will work with Windows 7.  Later on, if you are going to upgrade others to Windows 7, you can upload the group policies to your active directory group policy store on your domain controller. This article might be helpful:
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Here's an article about deploying group policies for Vista. I can't find a similar article for Windows 7, so I'm not absolutely sure that the principles are the same, but it might be helpful as an intro to differences between group policy in XP and group policy in Vista and Windows 7:
I'll double check, but I think the references you make is to the Group policy preferences which only apply to vista, windows 7 and windows 2008 server.  I think the folder redirection policy will apply equally to the windows 7 system as it does to the XP systems.

The link you posted does not address the folder redirection as being part of the enhancements.

To test the above, I used GPMC and ran the group policy result on a windows 7 system with a user.  The folder redirection GPO applied to the user.

Perhaps the issue is where you have the folder redirection policy defined.  Top of the AD. On a computer OU or a user OU.
seanfoyatplumbworldAuthor Commented:
Hi Guys,

thanks for all of your input, i will go through each suggestion and see if they fix my issue.

i will get back to you shortly.
seanfoyatplumbworldAuthor Commented:

i have installed the management tools on the W7 machine. i have modified the local security policy to reflect the folder redirection, and made sure the 'always wait for network at startup or logon'  item is enabled.

i have rebooted the machine and logged the user in numerous times (approx 10+) even though it says that it may take up to 2 logins for a synchronous application of GPO's to be applied.

i have checked the RSoP and GPMC GP results, and they all reflect the correct settings.

i am almost certain that the flag is not being set for the synchronous application of GPO's, even though when i do a gpupdate /force it tells me that the flag has been set and will be initiated on next logon.

also when i do a gpupdate /force i get a 510 event in the event viewer telling me:

"Log Name:      ApplicationSource:        Microsoft-Windows-Folder RedirectionDate:          11/30/2008 10:30:46 AMEvent ID:      510Task Category: NoneLevel:         WarningKeywords:      ClassicUser:          <skipped>Computer:      <skipped>Description:Folder redirection policy application has been delayed until the next logon because the group policy logon optimization is in effect.

but i know that is isn't, (it is applied at local machine level and also Domain level (domain level being the winning GPO ))

i never get this error after a logon.

bascially i am experiencing this: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverGP/thread/17234aa8-d935-4864-adf3-b14f8a9d4c05

but my folder redirection doesn't work where his does.

i have logged onto this machine with existing and new users accounts and the folder redirection CSE is doing its job.

arrgh! please help!

There is no need to setup a local policy since it is going to be ignored.

Run the report within GPMC on the DC and see what the issue might be.  The Domain GPO supersedes the local policy which seems to be the issue.  Not sure what group policy logon optimization is in effect means.

seanfoyatplumbworldAuthor Commented:
Hi All,

thanks for all your input but the problem is was experiencing was because there was a GPO setup that was in the default domain policy (changing thats never a good idea) - folder redirection on a security group  basis, the user was the only person in that group and this was taking precedence over the other GPO's.

thanks again for all your help, i will distribute the points to the people who suggested installing the remote management tools which eventually lead me to my answer.


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