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Folder redirection in Windows 7 won't successfully redirect folders

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Hi all,

Can't seem to get folder redirection in Windows 7 to work properly.  I'm using the same policy that all my Windows XP machines use to redirect the desktop and My Documents plus subfolders, but without any luck.  It appears the redirection policy applies correctly because running an RSOP report shows the policy was applied, the Application event log says the folders were successfully redirected, the Group Policy event log says the folder redirection policy was applied in XX milliseconds, and when I look at my server share that holds the redirected information, all the folders are created.

However, when I look at either the User Shell Folders or Shell Folder registry locations, none of the paths have been changed to point to the server share.  Also, I get files on the desktop and in the documents, pictures, music, and video folders named something like TMPAB3D.tmp.  These file names always begin and end with TMP, but have four random hex digits in the middle.  I've also tried deleting my test account's local profile several times with no change in results.  

Any suggestions you might have are very welcome!
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What folder location is set in your policy?
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The policy has Desktop and My Documents (including the Pictures, Music, and Videos folders) redirected to a server share at \\Server01\Redirected.  The full paths would be either \\Server01\Redirected\%USERNAME%\Desktop or \\Server01\Redirected\%USERNAME%\My Documents.
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Do you have "Grant User Explicit Rights" options set? These are user-based policies, so does the redirection work fine for the same user on an XP machine?
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No, I do not have the "Grant user exclusive rights" option set.  Everything works great when the user logs onto a Windows XP machine.
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grantsewell,
Thanks for your attention to the thread.  I found a topic on Microsoft's TechCenter describing the exact issue and how to fix it.  Here's the link:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-us/w7itproui/thread/E32000E6-06A8-4D3C-8264-758610D5C58C
Evidently, the "Verify old and new Folder Redirection targets point to the same share before redirecting" GPO option causes the problem.
Again, thanks for looking into the issue.
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