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My Documents folder redirection onto Server 2008 shared folder

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I'm having a couple of issues with what I think may be caused by redirecting the folder location of user's My Documents on their Windows 7 laptops, onto a network location on a Windows 2008 server.

First off, I'm redirecting the folder locally on every machine, not using any script to do so. I'm also redirecting it to the user's home folder that I have listed in their Active Directory profile. On Server 2008, as soon as I redirect the folder onto the server, it is changing the name of the folder from their username, to Documents. Can I get it to not change the name of the folder on the server? On our backup server (Win 2003), the folders are named with the username, which is what I want on the Server 2008 machines. If I rename the folders on the server from Documents to the appropriate username, will the redirection still work?

Secondly, some users are having issues accessing their home directory on other computers, which aren't doing any redirection. When they try to access their home folder, it's coming up that the location is not available. But, when I go directly to the server, the folder is there, no permissions changed, and I can access it. Even while on the laptops, while logged on as the user, I cannot access the location by going to \\server\directory$\username. It's giving the same error.
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by:helpnet
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Is there a reason you do not want to use a group policy to do folder redirection for you?  Usually, I would redirect the folder to be a subdirectory of the users home directory, not the home directory itself.  IE  \\server\home\username\documents

With the name change... how is this happening? I suppose what i am actually asking is more about the file structure on your server.  Are all the user home directories, subdirectories in a network share?

Eg  \\server\home\username
Where \\server\home is something like d:\homedrives on the server itself.

 (if this was the case, I would have thought the server wouldn't allow multiple folders in the directory to have the same name "Documents"  What does the file structure look like on the server?

As for your other questions, I am not sure, but would recommend you setup a couple of test user accounts, and check it out for yourself in your environment.

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by:ikkisunshine
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There is a hidden file "desktop.ini" in My Document folder, you can try to make this file read only then it should keep the folder name unchanged.

======================
[DeleteOnCopy]
Owner=username
Personalized=5
PersonalizedName=My Documents
======================
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by:Zupreme
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Very simple.

1) Change your redirection path from "\server\directory$\username" to "\server\directory$\username\documents"

Done.
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by:markciu10
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Sorry for the delay guys. School has been rough...

To helpnet:

I don't want to use group policy, as I don't want it pulling over the documents for every computer that they log into. The reason that I did this is so that they'd have access to all of their files from their server drive at home on their laptops.

As for the file structure - the share is as follows: \\servername\directory$\username
On the server, this folder would be found on D:\directory$\username

The name change from username to Documents is occuring at the server level, and is done automatically. I've been using this method for my laptop and I don't have any issues whatsoever. I've also done it to some of the school administration, who have no problems at all. However, teachers seem to be having the issue. I'm not sure if it's something group policy or permissions-related or not.

To ikkisunshine:

I've looked on the laptops and on the server, and I cannot find that file that you have mentioned. Do you know if it's in a different location for Windows 7?

To Zupreme:

That isn't going to work in this situation. I need the redirection path to be exactly what it is.
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Not sure why, but it turns out that it was something wrong with the image that I used. I reimaged a machine, and it fixed my problem.
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