roaming mandatory profile with (my) document redirection failure

Posted on 2010-11-26
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi people,

I am in a school with 70 (windows xp pro sp3) computers and a windows 2008 R2 Standard server.

We have currently got mandatory profiles, working well.

Now we want to give permanent students (about 25 students) access to their own my documents folder.

We now try to combine the power of mandatory profiles with document redirection. Simply redirect the my documents folder to a (username) share on the server should do the trick.

However, I am having problems getting event 111 document redirection events and document redirection didn't complete succesfully.

1. with the existing mandatory profiles, document redirection does not work. However, it DOES work if the user has local administrator rights.

2. if I change the profile back to a standard roaming profile (i.e. rename from .man to .dat), the document redirection DOES work.

Below the events in the logging:
16:18:14:771 Entering folder redirection extension
16:18:14:787       Flags = 0x0
16:18:14:787 Unable to apply folder redirection policy, initialization failed.

Similar events are logged:
Info: Folder redirection event 401 - Entering folder redirection extension
Info: Folder rediraction event 401 - Flags = 0x0
Error: Folder redirection event 111 - Unable to apply redirection policy, initialization failed
Error: Userenv event 1085 - The group policy client-side extension Folder Redirection failed to execute. Please look for any errors reported earlier by that extension.

I have had a look at microsoft article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/295349 but not sure what the difference between them and me is.

I have created a fully new user with a roaming profile from scratch and made it mandatory afterwards .This works for this user. However, if I copy this to another user, this will fail again.

Has anyone any ideas?


Question by:itsireland
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denismcapple earned 400 total points
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Hi Rogier,

While copying the user profile, did you grant access to "Everyone" so that the permissions in the registry get updated correctly?

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johnb6767 earned 1600 total points
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I would run a script to load, and modify the ntuser.man reg hive directly. Set as a machine startup script, to recurse through the profiles, load the .man profile as tempprofile, and modify hklm/tempprofile/software/microsoft/windows/currentversion/explorer/shell folders, and user shell folders, to \\server\share\%username%\mydocs
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Oh, and the value to modify is "Personal", for my docs....
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Author Comment

ID: 34222540
Can I share a mandatory profile between these users or do I need a separate copy of the profile for each user if I'm using doc redirection? I currently point the profile path for all users to the same profile. Anyone think  that's a problem?

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ID: 34225605
@denismcapple: both share level and ntfs security levels are set for full access for the user. Even tried everyone to test but no difference.c

@johnb6767: Would you have a sample script of something similar?
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ID: 34245213
I can see if I can whip something up tomorrow....

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ID: 34247360
cool, thanks.

Author Comment

ID: 34257405
hi John,

I have just discussed this with the school and we've devided to simply go for an additional network share instead - the easier option in this case.

Thanks for your help lads! I'll award the point anyway.
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Im sorry about the delay, been dealing with back problems.....  :(

Im glad you did find another way....


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