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Disable storage of My Videos, My Pictures, etc on shared drive

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We use a GPO to set a user's My Documents to point to a Dfs share. This is common practice. What we find however is that now and then a user will have videos on their desktops that go under My Documents. I realize a corporate policy is the best approach, but we'd like to also offer a technical solution so that these huge files don't get copied to our network storage.

Is there a way to exclude certain sub-directories in My Documents from being stored on the share?
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by:David
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No, because even IF there was a way to do that, then the work-around would just be to copy from MyDocuments to a different location on the computer, THEN to the share.
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Sure, but you cant do it via GPO..... Keep in mind, most people dont use these manually, it's the applications that use these locations.....

Can create a custom ADM Template, or the easier thing, would be a login script.....

Keep in mind, this will force any app that references these folders by Shell values, like ITunes, Kodak Easyshare etc... will start using them locally.

Might need to use a script to copy thier data from the network My Docs to the local copies.....


if not exist "c:\Music" md "C:\Music"
if not exist "c:\Videos" md "c:\Videos"
if not exist "c:\Pictures" md "c:\Pictures"

reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /f "My Pictures" /d "c:\Pictures" /f  
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /f "My Video" /d "c:\Videos" /f
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" /f "My Music" /d "c:\Music" /f
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /f "My Pictures" /d "c:\Pictures" /f
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /f "My Video" /d "c:\Videos" /f
reg add "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders" /f "My Music" /d "Music" /f

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Any progress on this?
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by:puryear-it
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Good solution, although I haven't put it into practice yet.
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