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How to change the target location of the My Documents folder

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I am trying to change the target location of the My document folder for a user but I am unable to edit the path. I am assuming there is some sort of group policy that does that. I have access to the domain controller and active directory but I am not sure where to change the target folder for a particular user.
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by:patterned
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Edit the proper Group Policy object and go here:  User Configuration/Policies/Windows Settings/Folder Redirection/Documents.

Right click on Documents and go to properties for redirection options.
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by:wademi
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I went to Run -> MMC on the users workstation and the Console is empty. Where should I be accessing the GPO object from?
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by:patterned
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From the server.

If you want to access it from the client you will have to download "Group Policy Management Console".
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by:wademi
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There is no GPO object when I launch the console on the server using run MMC. Am I correct to say that if group policy was enable for my documents the "Target"  would be greyed out on the users workstation?In the users case its not greyed out.
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by:wademi
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Sorry. The target is greyed out.
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Run/MMC opens the Microsoft Management Console.  You can add/remove "Snap-Ins" to create a template for administrative purposes.  It is just a different route to get to management consoles.

You listed 2008, so go to Start/Administrative Tools/Group Policy Management and edit the policy objects there.
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by:patterned
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If the target is grayed out, you probably have a policy pushing the target somewhere else.  To find out, follow my instructions above.
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by:wademi
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patterned: I am a total novice and I apologize. I am in the Administrative Tools/Group Policy Management.
I went to GPO should I be looking at the folder redirection object and what should I check?
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Which GPO are you editing?
There might be a "Default Domain Policy" object.  Right click on it and click "Edit"
If that is not there edit the one that is in the root of the domain (which is affecting all computers).  If there are multiple ones, you can check them by clicking on the GPO (the little scroll with a arrow on it) and on thright hand side (the object properties) click the "Settings" tab.  This will generate a list of policies being applied.  Check under "User Configuration/Policies/Windows Settings/Folder Redirection" to find out which one is applying it.
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Thanks Patterned. I ran the gpupdate /force command tehn logged off the machine then on again and the target in the My document properties pointed to the group policy path,
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