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Redirecting favorities using IE8

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Hello could someone please explain how to redirect favorities from IE8 to a network share using group policy. Ive been able to redirect desktop shortcuts ok using group policy but not favorities.
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Internet Explorer 8 stores the Favourites in the same location as previous versions of Internet Explorer: "%USERPROFILE%\Favorites".  So redirecting that folder to your desired location would be the solution and the user would keep their Favourites local to the machine in times of the network location being unavailable.

Alternatively, the registry for each user holds their folder in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders registry key.  Using a GPO to alter this value would mean the favourites would not be stored on the local machine at all.  Petri.co.il has a guide on creating the necessary ADM and configuring this solution via http://www.petri.co.il/redirect-favorites-cookies-folder-using-group-policy.htm# .
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Ok thanks for that will test that out this evening. Just wondering though is it possible for a user to add a url to thier favorities and for the same url to be available as a favorite on the other users browsers? or is it possible to collate all url/favorites on one network share and push out those specific favorites to all users?
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I have not tried anything like that - I've always considered favourites to be individual.  However, that said, they are just files, so if everyone had the same setting (using the second possibility above, probably) then they would all be shared from the same location.
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