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Folder redirection in SBS 2011

I can’t seem to get folder redirection to work on a new SBS 2011 server.

I’ve enabled the feature for a handful of users via the SBS console, but even after logging the users on/off three times and forcing a GP update on their computers (Windows 7 P) as recommended by Microsoft, I can see no indication that the feature is working, as evidenced by the fact that the RedirectedFolders folder is empty.

Moreover, I can’t find any errors in the server’s system event log indicating a problem, and it’s FolderRedirection event log is completely empty, so I’m not even sure where to start troubleshooting this.

Anybody have any ideas on what’s going on here?
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

Commented:
Whenever dealing with group policy issues, it is always best to start on a client machine and run rsop.msc

This will show you what parts of group policy are applying and errors if any.

Was this a fresh load or a migration?

Most times when these policies dont work after a migration, it is because legacy policies were not removed. This is a key step in the migration process that is often overlooked.

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Hello again. :-)

As a matter of fact, this was a migration from an 2K3 domain (not SBS 2K3, incidentally) which was done by an outside group.

I ran rsop.msc on one of the clients, but I don't see any reference to folder redirection or anything similar under either user or system configuration.
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

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Are the components clean or do they have red x's or yellow warning symbols on them? If so, you can click the parent objects to see the errors.

I would check Group Policy Manager on your sever, you can click on each of the polices and see the settings... just expand all... and look for errors, first of all.

Then make sure your default domain policy isnt doing anything.... default should be empty of customizations. If it isnt, back it up.... delete it, then recreate a Default Domain Policy from scratch and link it at the root.

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Aha!

Checked GPM on the server and found the folder redirection policy. It is not showing an error, but I see that it applies only to MyBusiness/Users/SBSUsers. Thing is, that OU is empty-- all of the users (there are about 20 in all) are in various other OUs that they were in prior to migration.

Would the best approach to fixing this be applying the policy to other OUs, or to move the users into the SBSUsers OU? I once tried to move a user from one OU to another and got a rather ominous message about things possibly not working right afterward, so I bailed on it. (Don't recall the message specifics.)
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I would move the users. You will have many other features that SBS brings to the table that will depend on users being in the correct OU.

As long as you use ADUC to move the user(s), doing a right click and move... it will give you a warning but that usually due to the possibility of other linked GPO's faililng. I would be far more concerned about SBS GPO's failing.

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Excellent. Thanks very much.
Gary ColtharpSr. Systems Engineer

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No problem. Good luck!

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Thank you. I moved a few users into that OU and now FD seems to be working. Thanks again.

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