Group Policy Folder Redirection

Posted on 2010-01-04
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I had previously setup a redirected "My Documents" policy for all my users. The target server has changed and although i have repathed and ran gpupdate as well as enabling offline files, I've encountered the following issues that I'm stuck on:

1. Some XP clients no matter what i do will not take the new policy, even if i go to the My Documents >Properties>Target, there is no button that allows me to redirect the files. Some of my XP machines have that option including to copy and delete the old location.
2. I have one Vista client that no matter what i do will not take the new policy and it boots extremely slowly! I don't have this problem with any of the other Vista clients purchased at the same time, same system configuration. I was however goofing around with offline files, and there was a "prepairing for offline files" wizard that got interrupted.
3. I have a few Windows 7 machines. What kind of trouble can I expect?

Question by:jpertchik
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    by:Abhay Pujari
    Few questions from my side
    1) When you say "Some of my XP machines have that option including to copy and delete the old location", is there any difference between these machines and problematic machines?
    2) same as question 1?
    3) Have you ever tried with Windows 7? I have no idea either :(...
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    Accepted Solution

    I've experienced this type of problem when the former My Documents location is not accessible.  For some reason, Windows has trouble changing the value when it can't get to the old folder.

    Ensure that the users' former directories still exist, even if they're empty, and give each user Full Control of both their old folder and their new one.

    If all else fails, you can manually set the location by changing the Personal string value under registry key HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders.

    Author Closing Comment

    Wow! Right on the Money! You rock!


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