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My Documents Folder Disappears when not connected to Domain

Posted on 2011-03-08
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Hi All,

For the last week whenever my computer (Windows 7 64bit) is not connected to the domain I cant access the my documents folder. It just suddenly disappears at log in and then reappear sparingly. The last 3 days the folder just does not appear any longer when not connected to the domain. When connected to the network/domain I can access the folder just fine. The My Documents folders is set to make files available offline. This has been working just fine till about a week ago. I'm using folder re-direction and storing the contents of the folder on Windows Server 2008 using DFS. This is not happening to any other computer/user and I have full administrative rights. I have share drives that are also set to make files available offline, and those work just fine.  This has been so frustrating as I do a lot of work from home and now cannot access any of my documents. As always your help is very appreciated. Thank you...
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by:Plantwiz
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Where is the folder disappearing from?  Your Start Menu?  Your desktop?  Your C: Drive exploerer view?
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Really from everywhere I normally access through a folder on the desktop with my name on it, then with-in the folder I normally see the My Documents folder. I also tried going the the c:\drive\users\username and the folder is not there. Yet when connected to the domain/network everything works as normal and the folder reappears.
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This may be an issue within the OS as I'm reading quite a bit of comments about others with similar issues.

Rather than retyping all their trials, I've included the link.  Look at Hubert Iam's comment from 17-2-11
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverGP/thread/df22f06f-656f-459d-906b-f0101418cffc
Problem solved today (using the newly installed laptop) when offline (away from server):

 

* Log off from your profile. Logged on as local administrator.

* Log off again from local administrator

* Log on again to your profile.

 

Magically, the server's cached offline files reappeared when I type it as a UNC into Windows Explorer. Then, add it again back to the Documents library (and other libraries, e.g. Music).

 

Still unsatisfactory as a fix -- we need something more from MS.

 

Edit: mapped a drive Z to where the Documents folder is redirected via Group Policy Preferences. The problem seems to have disappeared. However, this is still unsatisfactory as it should work WITHOUT having to map a drive. Bug still exists but perhaps a temporary workaround?


I have a couple more I'm gonig to read though and I"ll be back.
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Different version of the OS/NOS but I believe the situation is similar to what I'm going to post a link to.   I would recommend the next time you are on your domain that you confirm the path of the file that appears to be missing:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_24913783.html



You may wish to review this:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-files/tried-to-set-location-of-my-documents-folder-now/4c026dc9-fa66-4362-aaeb-ef3fe7d24893
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/58355-my-documents-folder-inadvertently-renamed.html
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Deleting the user and recreating it solved the problem. Thank you...
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Thank you...
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You are welcome!
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