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Folder Redirection Windows Server 2008

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Hi.  Currently we have a Win2k8 Srv as our PDC.  We have many branch servers running Win2k3Srv.  All of our clients are WinXP SP3 with XML Lite/CSE installed (by was that fun!).

Anyway, we have one domain (domainX) and each of our Branch servers are BDC's and Global Catalogue Servers.

After much faffing about, I have managed to get all the Client PC's updating the new fancy pants Win2k8 Group Policy preferences.

One problem, Folder Redirection is a bit iffy.  The redirection has been configured on the Win2k8 Srv and is working on a few PC's that I have tested.  Really to cut a long story short, exaclty when does the Folder Redirection policy take place?  I thought that by trying a gpupdate /force and logging off and on, the MyDocs should be redirected to the folder specified on logon  - not the case.

I created a new user account, placed the User in the User OU where I have applied the Folder Redirection and the MyDocs still have not redirected arrghh!

So can anyone tell me:
a) exaclty when this should take place?
b) can it be forced to happen immediately?
c) would it stop half-way through a transfer for any reason?
d) when i tested my policy on my account, I did not set the "Grant explicit permissions", can I now apply this to my folder in the redirecton path so that no-one can see my files!?

Thanks in advance.
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it happens at the same time as all other group polices.  the first synch will happen after logon after the affected reboot.  After that, it synchs using offline folders and log on and log off by default (can be changed)

I always reboot a couple of times and then it will propagate.

run a gpresult on the affected machines to ensure they are receiving the policy and it is not getting filtered out.

Also, its a good idea to ensure all files are local to each PC before implementing the policy.  i have had nightmares "changing" folder redirection in the past.
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Thanks for the prompt reply Coast-IT.

Used gpresult to confirm it had applied and it did successfully.

What I have just noticed (having checked the event log>Application Log) is that the logged in user cannot create a folder in the redirected location. The user already setup was an admin so obviously had permissions on the server.

Can anyone point me in the direction of the proper permissions (both Share/Security) on the Win2k8Srv redirected share?

if anyone could help me out with question (d) I would be grateful also:
d) when i tested my policy on my account, I did not set the "Grant explicit permissions", can I now apply this to my folder in the redirecton path so that no-one can see my files!?
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ignore question (d) it has just replicated - I need to have patience.  To much caffeine this afternoon!
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Got this solved.

Here is my observations (feel free to amend):

a) exaclty when this should take place?
should take place at logon.  gpupdate /force, log off/log on should fix it.
b) can it be forced to happen immediately?
as above
c) would it stop half-way through a transfer for any reason?
this was just my impatience!
d) when i tested my policy on my account, I did not set the "Grant explicit permissions", can I now apply this to my folder in the redirecton path so that no-one can see my files!?
if this is later applied to the policy, it should update itself at next gp update.


 
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not all questions were answered or relevant to the problem I had but pointed me in the correct direction.
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