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Offline Files/Folder Redirection with group policy and Windows 7

Posted on 2010-08-23
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Hello,

I just started using offline files and Folder Redirection in a GPO.

This policy was made for users with laptops. These laptops are running windows 7. I am having the documents folder be redirected to their mounted home share and then syncing the homeshare for offline use when they go offsite.

This is where my problem comes in. On my test laptop I log in as one person it works out fine and things are good. When I log in as another person their home share on the server changes to the first person name and the folder icon changes from a plain folder to a folder with documents in it (the icon it's self). To me this is weird, has anyone else encountered this?

It is getting applied at the user level with there settings:

Folder Redirection
-My Documents>Basic>Redirect to user's home directory

Offline Files
-Sync at log on and log off
-Administratively Assign Offline Files>\\server\share\%username%

So this policy was made for users with laptops. These laptops are running windows 7. I am having the documents folder be redirected to their mounted home share and then syncing the homeshare for offline use when they go offsite.

This is where my problem comes in. On my test laptop I log in as one person it works out fine and things are good. When I log in as another person their home share on the server changes to the first person name and the folder icon changes from a plain folder to a folder with documents in it (the icon it's self).

So in other words I have a user that I log into the laptop with named jsmith. His home share is jsmith on the server. It works fine. Then I log in with a user jdoe and she syncs everything and then I look on the server and her home share id now labeled jsmith with a different icon.

To me this is weird, has anyone else encountered this? The server is Server 2003.

Thanks for any help



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Hello,

You shouldn't need these settings:

Offline Files
-Sync at log on and log off
-Administratively Assign Offline Files>\\server\share\%username%

as soon as you redirect the folder, I am pretty sure the default is to make it available offline, so it is probably this setting that is throwing it off.
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by:WindhamSD
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Hmm...I believe I tried it and when the laptop was offline nothing happened (but I don't belive I had offline files enabled just redirecting was enabled...is it possible to make the my documents folder available offline via GPO or is it a user action?
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by:WindhamSD
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Thanks tony. You were right I didn't need those things. Unfortunetly I am still having the issue with the folder icon and renaming it. The UNC path is accurate and when you double click into the directory it shows the right name but it's still odd when you have multiple folders with the same name, something is not right.
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by:tonyperth
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Hello Wndham,

The weird icon is a windows vista, 7 and 2008 thing.  You are lucky your server is 2003 and it is only the icon that changes, if your server was 2008 like many of mine, the name changes aswell to documents.  So in the user share you end up with hundreds of folders called "Documents".  This is so that the icon looks good in the start bar etc for the user.  As you are the administrator you have the permissions to read the desktop.ini file in the users folder, and this determines how it looks.  If you open the desktop.ini, which is a hidden file, and delete the line that refers to the icon, it will turn back to a standard icon.

If you just delete the desktop.ini, it may work for a while, but eventually something will recreate it and you will get the weird icon back.

In a nutshell, there is nothing wrong, this is the new way of things, stupid as it is, so either ignore the icon or start to play with the ini files individually.

Cheers,

Tony
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