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Folder redirection Server 2008 R2

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Hello,
I have setup a RDP server and can connect to it remotley no problems
I want to do folder redirection not only for RDP Sessions but ultimatley for other user groups.

For the moment I am just testing the server using Remote desktop logins from a Windows Vista PC offsite i have full access to to Admin console using other software.

I have a secuity goup called "RDC Group" which are allowed to remote in. This works

I have set a computer policy on the server to move all user profiles to a network share
\\myservername\profiles$ this also seems to work and means I don't have to enter it manually into each user profile

My problem
I have setup folder redirection in group policy to redirect users data to a network share

\\myservername\userfiles

make note that previously i was using \\myservername\userdata$
I had all sort of problems where the redirection of every folder was working correctly except the "documents " folder which for some reason was being created inside a folder called "users" inside the userdata$ folder

example
user1 would log in and folder redirection would occur in the correct location
\\myservername\userdata$\user1\appdata,desktop,etc
I would also end up with
\\myservername\userdata$\USER\user1\my documents

OK i thought i could live with that but when I created any subsequent users this would happen

user2 would log in and folder redirection would occur in the correct location
\\myservername\userdata$\user2\appdata,desktop,etc
I would then NOT get as previous
\\myservername\userdata$\USER\user2\my documents

but instead the document folder would get locked into the local user profile
c:\users\users2\documents

so because of all this as stated earlier created a new share

\\myservername\userfiles

duplicated the permissions from "userdata$" and now nothing gets created

Any tips on best practice would be grealy appreciated

i am using the option of folder location depending on users group in the folder rediction group policy as soon i plan to move groups of poeple from another server onto this

the primary domain controller in this domain is 2003 if that has any bearing.

Please assist

Thanks for reading





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by:jbits1212
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OK I can now write data to my "\\servername\userfiles" folder

permissions !! missed a check box to allow user group to create folders Duh!

But i am still in the position whereby the document folder and all that follows it is only being created inside the server local profiles area.

all other folders get created desktop,downloads,links,etc in the network share

Any help appreciated

Thanks
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Confirm folder redirection is configured per the following link?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/274443
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That documentation seems to be for 2000 and 2003 servers and talks about folder permissions which i am pretty sure are configured correctly as all the other folders desktop,downloads,links,etc get created

Thanks for the reply
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Apologies digitap I noticed at the bottom it soes apply to 2008 servers according to microsoft document

I have checked my permissions and they are correct except instaed of everyone i am using the iser group but as stated before all other folders get created
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I solved it not sure if its the right way to go about it but here is what i did

I changed the group policy folder redirection settings for the documents folder to follow the home directory.

I log a new user in for the first time using RDP (thats how I have been testing it)

All folders except documents get created automatically

I then log the user off again

I then go to the user profile and set the home directory using a mapped drive letter U: in my case and set the path to \\myservername\userfiles\username\Documents

Where "username" is in this string I DO NOT use %username%

So the string for user "bob" reads

\\myservername\userfiles\bob\Documents

I apply and save this

I log the user in again from remote client and the folders get moved from

c:\users\bob\Documents

to the rquired location

I have repeated this for several users and it works a charm all my users documents are in one manageable location.

Thanks for reading hope this helps someone else.


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