Want to win a PS4? Go Premium and enter to win our High-Tech Treats giveaway. Enter to Win


mix environment folder redirection

Posted on 2010-11-21
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I have been looking around the site trying to get some info. I will post a screen shot tomorrow from my server to show this issue/question in better detail.

I have sever 2003 R2 running. DC, DNS, AD, DHCP etc... users have xp pro and vista ultimate with one or two using W7. The users have a share for their documents while at their regular desks. However, when the relocate to a new machine their my documents path does not redirect.

The question; How can I set it to when they initially log on to the new machine their my documents path is changed (or redirected) to the desired location? I need this to occur for all users. I was thinking of editing the logon.bat or doing this via policy. The issue (reference screenshot when provided) is User Configuration-> Windows Settings -> Folder Redirections does not exist. When I go here there is nothing there except remote installation services, scripts (logon/logoff) and Security settings.

So maybe I am blind or going to the wrong snap-in. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
Question by:ACBnewguy
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3

Expert Comment

ID: 34188997
Are you also setting mydocs to be offline enabled? Are you enabling exclusive access of users to their mydoc folder? If you use either of these options your migration may have issues.

You are likely not seeing the GPO options because you do not have the proper administrative templates:


Where are you running the GPMC from? You are using the GPMC right? Are you running on your DC or from one of your clients?

Here is some detailed info on mydocs redirection:


We used mydocs redirection at my last job and it was a mixed blessing. While it makes it easy to backup client data since it is on the file server, moving users to a new department or a new file server became problematic. One option to consider: rename and/or alias the new server and share to match the old one. You can use robocopy to stage the data before hand, then when you take the old share offline do a final diff copy. Just be careful if you use the robocopy /mir switch, it can delete data if you get the command line wrong.

Author Comment

ID: 34189786
I was actually able to resolve the issue. Prior to my arrival the IT person had not set any OU and this is why I could not get what I needed done.

Sub-question is I have a user who has no desktop now... I looked in the shares and I see the following.

 the user.V2 is not accessable.
They seem to have a desktop but not their usual desktop.
LVL 66

Expert Comment

ID: 34190067
The v2 profile is whats created by Windows 7. Easiest thing to do is to simply migrate the data from the user, to the user.v2 folder, and have them log back in again. Or move the data from the old local profile/user folder to the C:\Users\Username folder, and have the changes saved on logout......
Prepare for your VMware VCP6-DCV exam.

Josh Coen and Jason Langer have prepared the latest edition of VCP study guide. Both authors have been working in the IT field for more than a decade, and both hold VMware certifications. This 163-page guide covers all 10 of the exam blueprint sections.

LVL 66

Expert Comment

ID: 34190089
Synchronizing Roaming Profiles Between a V1 & V2 Profile

For more info.....

Author Comment

ID: 34190231
JohnB6767: the only problem I can see with moving the data over is that the user.V2 file is the following error occurs "X:\shares\users\user.V2 is not accessible" access denied.
LVL 66

Accepted Solution

johnb6767 earned 400 total points
ID: 34193767
Grant Full control to thier profile directory, and that should be resolved....

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34193973
answer to sub-question.

Featured Post

Important Lessons on Recovering from Petya

In their most recent webinar, Skyport Systems explores ways to isolate and protect critical databases to keep the core of your company safe from harm.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 will become End of Support, leaving hundreds of thousands of servers around the world that still run this 12 year old operating system vulnerable and potentially out of compliance in many organisations around t…
For both online and offline retail, the cross-channel business is the most recent pattern in the B2C trade space.
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Suggested Courses

604 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question