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Folder Redirection causing client icon to change


I'm trying to redirect my users' Downloads folder to a share on my server.  It works, but it changes the user's "Downloads" folder name and icon to the name of the share on the network.  I would like for it to keep the default naming convention to provide transparency to the user.

I want to redirect the folder to a common shared resource that all users will be able to see and collaborate with on the server.  So here's how I did it:

Sharing Information:
Administrators: Full Control
Authenticated Users: Change Permissions

Security Info:
SYSTEM & Administrators: Full Control
Authenticated Users: Everything except Full Control, Change Permissions, and Take Ownership; Apply to this folder, subfolders and files.

Windows Server 2008SBSWindows Server 2003

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Cliff Galiher

8/22/2022 - Mon
Cliff Galiher

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I figured that and thanks for confirming.  Would it be possible to share access to the folder redirection root?  So users can have their own subdirectories (user aliases with documents, desktop, and download subfolders), but if someone wants to see another's desktop files, they'd be able to.
Cliff Galiher

You can point to a common shared root, but each user's subfolder will be created automatically by the policy and is created with exclusive access. If you attempt to manually create the subfolders ahead of time, you still create a scenario where the policy engine will detect the permissions mismatch from what it expects and will therefore not apply redirection for security.

User's private data is private by design and is a core security model in Windows. there is no way to force the policy to ignore one of its core security principles.

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