Un-redirect MyDocuments SBS2003

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My client (WXP) has had MyDocuments redirected to a file server, but is now detaching from it, and this has turned out not to be all that simple.  I have changed the option in the User settings not to redirect MyDocuments, logged client off and back on, but MyDocs are still being redirected.  I do not have any folder redirect settings in the GPO.  When I go to the clients Start>Mydoc>Properties, the Target folder location is still the server and this info cannot be modified locally.  HELP.
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try running gp0result and see if it comming down from a gpo that you may have missed.

It could be a stuck gpo.  

Try these steps to reset policies back to the default settings.  

Open a new Command Prompt:

In Windows XP
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER.
In Windows Vista
Click Start and then type cmd in the Start Search box.
In the results area, right-click cmd.exe, and then click Run as administrator. You will be prompted to type the password for an administrator account. Click Continue if you are the administrator or type the administrator password. Then, click Continue.
In Windows XP, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\repair\secsetup.inf /db secsetup.sdb /verbose
In Windows Vista, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
secedit /configure /cfg %windir%\inf\defltbase.inf /db defltbase.sdb /verbose

 Note disconnect it from the network so the default 15 min  group policy refresh does not occur.
This a GPO, not a preference. Just removing the GPO will only revert the files back to the server if this was specified as such in the original policy. You should make a new GPO for folder redirection, and specify it to store the documents locally, this will instruct the clients to put the files back in their default location. After they process this GPO (you can force this with "GPUPDATE /force" and log off and back on), you can remove it from AD.


BLangers:  I do not see the option in GPO to set to store folders locally.  There are two options, Basic: Redirect everyone's folder to the same locatin, or Advanced: Specify locations for various users groups.  Bear in mind this is SBS2003.
sqdought:  I am a little reluctant to use your proceedure since SBS2003 is so finicky about using wizards or other controls for making any system modifications.  I have had to reinstall more than once as a result of doing seemingly innocent system changes as you would with WS, but in SBS it can create havok.
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sqdought:  I do see one option that may work.  I can use the Basic setting, and temporarily move everones Mydocs to a common location, then under settings there is an option to move everyones forlders to local after the policy is removed.  So I have to create the policy, and force the update, then remove the policy and either enforce the new non-policy or log each affected client off/on.  Would this be your understanding.?

That would be my understanding, yes.    That is the best way to apply to all clients.   If you have a stuck policy on a single machine, resetting the policies to default while disconnected from the network, the relogging in to get domain policies has worked for me.

I work for a school district and students get a much stricter policy than teachers.   Sometimes the strict student policy gets stuck so it even applies to teachers, so I have to reset the policies to default to clear the student policy, then login as a teacher to get the less restrictive policy (I hate it when that happens to my administrative laptop, after logging in as a student to test something, GRRRRR).     Luckily this only happens on occassion.

As far as SBS, I mean to reset policies on the client, NOT on the SBS server.

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