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Win7 - Group Policy Mandatory Profile Redirect desktop icons appear and disappear

Posted on 2010-11-23
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We are working with a group policy using mandatory profiles with desktop redirection.   Here is a strange problem.  We are setting up a mandatory profile and using group policy to redirect the desktop to the user’s share – we call the user’s share the U: drive.  

We set up a test user and what happens when the test user logs in, is the first login just the mandatory profile icons appear on the desktop and none of the additional shortcuts show up, which were set up in the user’s U:\desktop directory.  After we log the user off and back on, then both the mandatory profile desktop icons show up and the user’s u:\desktop shortcuts show up.  If we log off the user again, the only the mandatory profile icons show up.  This process repeats itself.

1st login – mandatory icons
2nd login – mandatory icons and U:\destop icons show up
3rd login – only mandatory icons
4th login – mandatory icons and U:\desktop icons show up

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by:JimmyITCS
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Is the user also a local admin on the Win7 PC?
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by:Melvinf
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Yes, the user is a local admin.
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The problem was that the policies were not having enough time to apply.
Event warning – 510 – Folder redirection policy application has been delayed until the next logon because the group policy logon optimization is in effect.

Solution:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc780527(WS.10).aspx
Added the group policy – Computer Configuration, Policies, Administrative Template, System Logon, Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon - enable
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by:Melvinf
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Tested and solution worked.
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