Did I miss something in folder redirection? I did it the easy way and it seems to work?

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Server 2008 STD x64 and windows 7 clients
So I was playing around with the folder re-direction. I basically created a GPO and set this one username to redirect the "documents folder".

1 - i created a share on the server and named it "USERS"

2 - I gave everyone full rights on the share

3 - i created a GPO and edited the user -> policies -> windows settings -> folder re-direction -> documents to "Setting: Basic (Redirect everyone's folder to the same location)", pointed it to the shared directory.

4 - i went to a client computer (windows 7) and ran a "gpupdate /force"

5 - logged off and logged on again

and it seems to work....

it can't be this simple, I must have done something wrong. I have read the guides and they have like 139 steps in them. This seems to simple, what have i done wrong?
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seems to me like it just worked. I think windows 7 sould work easily with server 2008.
Did you check the users folder on the server?


I did check it, and it is just TOO good to be true.

* The documents show up on every new computer i log on to

*The documents are on the server under the "USER" share and my %username% folder was created (automatically).

* the server based folder is not accessible by anoyo0ne else than my login

It all seems to work. But it is just toooooo simple. All the guides I have looked at have all these steps on what you need to do to make it work, and it just seems doumb easy to set it up.

Of course I also have vista and XP clients whos mixed environent will be a "joy" to figure out. But I am scratching my head not understanding why no one has made a guide that simply lists the way I did it. There MUST be some sort of implication of doing it this "easy" way...

Please someone who knows about this, share the knowledge...
That's the way document redirection is supposed to work.
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Yeah I found that one too.... and as I said, there are like a dozen steps I didn't make in there and it still seems to work.

The problem shows up when I try to log on to an XP machine, then the redirection does not work. SO I will have to deal with that now...


F**k Microsoft for making this an issue though. I mean this must be a super common problem (mixed environments) for anyone who is dealing with this. How could MS NOT have a built in fix for this?

Um - do you think anyone with XP will try to log on to a MS server?
Naaah - let them deal with it themselves...

and instead I am nowq stuck with trying to find some guide that deals with this. I have read dozen and dozen of pages dealing with this, but it is always in regards to some element that does not fit my criteria (based on 2003 server solution, using win2k servers, trying to migrate, etc.)...

Oh well, thanks for trying...


um, seems I was wrong, there is indeed a setting in the 2008 GPO Editor that takes care of it for XP compability.
My bad...
Thank you for the help experts exchange :-)
Yeah supposed to work.
I used on our new setup in it caused havoc to the point of people loosing data. But if it is configured correctly and the folder permission and settings are not being changed, then i think it should be ok. Someone changed the Default Domain Policy on our AD server and this produced lost documents. I find that as long as people stay in one location and don't move around it works well, but i had bad experiences with folder redirection and offline files. But that is another story for another post.

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