Windows 7x64 Home Directory Renaming on Domain Controller

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We are a small company and only purchase a few computers at a time.  Previous OS was Windows XP on a Windows 2003 Server.

We've recently started joining newly purchased Windows 7x64 bit computers to our Windows 2003 Domain Servers.  When we do this the users Home Directory on the Server gets a new icon that looks like the old folder icon, but with a tiny document in front of it.  We are having problems with some users.  Their Home Folder does not take on the users name, but the name Documents. Even though the properties of the Documents folders have the correct security.   When I try and rename one of the Documents folders with the correct users name on the Server all the folders that are named Documents rename.  Even though they are for different users.  There are three parts to my question.

1) Why is my server allowing a folder with the same name?

2) Why is the folder renamed at all when I join the computer to the domain and logon as the user.

3) Keeping in mind we only join 1 or 2 computers each time to the domain, What is the best way to join the Windows 7 computers to the Domain to prevent this from happening?
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This message means that Windows was unable to create the redirection target because the user does not have sufficient rights to create a new folder (or to change its rights after creating it) at the redirection target location. Remember that folder redirection takes place under the rights of the user whose folders are being redirected.

See for more information. (And remember: Google is your friend; I got to that page by searching the text of the error message you gave.) For the "appropriate" permissions for a folder that will receive folder redirections, see

It's not enough for the user to have "full rights" to just the folder; the rights have to be conformant to the Microsoft KB article I posted above. Also check the share rights, as those have to be correct as well.


Let me clarify:  

These are not New users but users that were previously running a Windows XP computer.  The Home Directory had their name already.  

No new folder was created.  

The OLD folder was renamed Documents. and then only some of the users were named Documents, other users folders were not renamed.

Have you checked the system and the application logs on the server and affected machines?
How do you have the folder redirection set up are you using group policy? Or is is a login script?
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I believe it uses a logon script, but I'm checking that out now.  This was setup via a third party consulting firm.  I will post back when I know that information.
I've checked on our server as well as spoken to our third party firm, we have a logon script in place that maps the users home folder to the correct location on the server, however folder redirection of the My Documents folder was done manually.  Group Policy is not in place for that.  This has been this way since Windows 2000 Server.  

We are currently in the process of updating that policy to take advantage the Group Policy feature.  

In addition to what rsolv777 submitted I found this article to be helpful:


Though the solution proposed by rsolv777 was accurate it does not explain why I was getting the strange behavior of folder renaming on the server.  However it does provide a solution for future use.  Thank you for your help rsolv.  Please post back here if you ever find the reason for the folder renaming.

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