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we have a 2003 domain.  we have xp pro pcs mapped to 2003 server shares.  the Home directory for staff is on the file server shares.  we have staff personal folders randomly changing to my documents.  the icons are changint to a file folder with piece of paper on it. which is different.  we have 4 folders that now have the same name but different owners in ntfs security.  they are somehow linked together. renaming 1 folder renames them all. any thoughts??  thanks
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could you be a little more explicit when you say, personal folders are changing to my documents?
You mean that any random folder a user creates, can/will/has probability to change its name to "My Documents" and the folder icon becomes the Paper icon?
And, are these goofy changes happing when the client logs into a computer, or are you noticing these problems on the server side of things?


If this is the case, then the problem is associated with "desktop.ini" files. i would check the folders for "desktop.ini" files, rename every one of them (with a dash or somethin in front of their names) [make sure you enable hidden system files/folders, ect, in folder options and for what to search for). this will start to eliminate the folders when they change to "bob's documents" and other things.

next i would check to make sure (a specified, or all, or a little sample) of the user's Document folder actually points to the proper path, and if not, maybe the whole lot was corrupted somewhere/how and the server(maybe clients) system needs to be diagnosed.
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thanks for your questions.  clarifications:
you have a folder on a file server with your name  jdoe.  it is setup in your domain account profile as map h:  \\server\share\jdoe.  we are finding that your H: drive folder jdoe gets changed to "my documents"  you logon, your domain account can not map you to a h: drive as it no longer exists.  it has been renamed.  today we found 4 folders on a file server that had been changed to all the same user name:  jdoe.  under the properties on the server in windows explorer they showed the correct owners name however in windows explorer window they were all the same name.  changing the name of anyone of the 4 folders would change the name on all the others...werid....thanks
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run a chkdsk on the server's drive
reboot it, unplug the lan (so nobody is able to login), and chkdsk <drive> /F /R /X

that may or may not fix the issue, but it is a start


the name of the folders are change, but the owners are original, how about each of the folder's contents, are they all unique or are they the same as well?

[i would still verify there's no desktop.ini in those folders causing the name change]
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was a problem with the desktop.ini ifles. they were missing information and extrat information.  i copied in the format from a working folder and changed the owner and it fixed the problem. Not sure what the desktop.ini file does but it does affect the folder names and owner.
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