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Group Policy or Folder Re-Direction trick / setting

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Windows 2003 terminal server:

I have a  setup where the previous IT person somehow has all the user folders "mirroring" on the administator user's desktop.  Folder redirection was not setup in group policy for my documents, only desktop.  However my docouments target location was altered for each user.  So here is the setup, and what is displaying:

D:\Users  =  Where the User folders on the terminal server are.
D:\Users\%username%\docs  = Where the my documents target folder is for each user.
D:\Users\%username%\desktop = Where Group Policy Folder Redirection puts desktop files.

The administrator user shows all of the folders that are in D:\Users on the adminstrator's desktop.  If I add a user, that user's folder immediately shows up on the Administrator user's desktop.  So it's not shortcuts.  What setting is enabling this?

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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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I would guess that probably the Administrator user's desktop is redirected to the D:\Users folder.
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Well that would make sense.  I will check that out.
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Sorry I forgot that I asked this.

Hypercat, how does one redirect the desktop, other than through group policy?  The desktop redirect group policy is inactive.
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I would like to object to deletion until this is resolved
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I would like to object to deletion until this is resolved
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What do you mean that it's inactive?  I don't know of any other way off the top of my head, although there may be a registry entry that you could change manually.  One thing you need to check is that for group policy folder redirection to work, the user must be the Owner of the redirected folder as well as having Full NTFS permissions.
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I mean that the desktop folder redirection policy is undefined.
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Oh, I see. So, what you're saying is that it is being redirected manually - I needed to review your OP to remind myself of that, sorry. The registry keys for folder redirection are in:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\User Shell Folders

If they're not redirected through Group Policy, then you'd have to check the registry on each machine where that user logs on and gets the redirected folders. That is, unless you have roaming profiles.  If you have roaming profiles, since the setting is in the NTUSER.DAT, you would be able to change it once, log the user off, and from then on the change would be part of the roaming profile.
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