Folder Redirection in SBS2003


 I have SBS2003 STD and XP workstation PCs.
 I would like step-by-step instructions regarding setting up Folder Redirection.
 I have successfully configured Roaming Profile and whenever a user logs in, it copies user's profile from \\SBS\Profiles\%username% to the workstation and saves back changes whenever user logs out.
 Again, instead of a link, I would like step-by-step instructions.

 So far I created a folder \\SBS\DeriectedFolders and created a share so that all users have Full access.
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What folders are you trying to redirect?  If you have roaming profiles setup (and they are working), then all the folders that you could redirect via a group policy are already redirected to the location of the roaming profile...
sgleeAuthor Commented:
kcoect: What folders are you trying to redirect? ---> my understanding is that if you let roaming profile copied every time a user logs in and out, when a user profile has a huge amount of files, it could literally hours.
So I saw an article that you create folder redirection so that, for example, "My Document" folder can alway stay on a designated network folder when user logs in and out.
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To configure Folder Redirection:

To start the Group Policy snap-in from the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, click Start, point to Programs, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Users and Computers.

In the MMC console tree, right-click the domain or the OU for which to access Group Policy, click Properties, and click Group Policy.

To create a new Group Policy object (GPO), right-click the domain or OU you want to associate with the GPO, select Properties from the context menu, and then in the domain or OU containers Properties page, click the Group Policy tab.

Click New, and type the name to use for the GPO. For example, type Redirect MyDocuments GPO.

Click Edit to open the Group Policy snap-in and edit the new GPO.

In the Group Policy console, expand the User Configuration, Windows Settings, and Folder Redirection nodes. Icons for the personal folders that can be redirected will be displayed.

To redirect any of these folders, right-click the folder name, click Properties, and then select one of the following options from the Setting drop-down box:

Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same location. All folders affected by this Group Policy object will be stored on the same network share.

Advanced Specify locations for various user groups. Folders are redirected to different network shares based on security group membership. For example, folders belonging to users in the Accounting group can be redirected to the Finance server, while folders belonging to users in the Sales group are redirected to the Marketing server.

On the My Documents Properties page, in the Target folder location drop down box select Create a folder for each user under the root path. In the Root Path text box, type the name of the shared network folder to use, or click Browse to locate it. Note: Unlike Windows 2000, you do not need to type in the %username% variable. The folder redirection code will automatically create a My Documents folder for each user, inside a folder based on their user name. For example, type \\FolderServer\MyDocumentsFolders rather than \\FolderServer\MyDocumentsFolders\%username% as you would on Windows 2000.

In the folders Properties dialog box, select the Settings tab, configure the options you want to use, and then click Finish to complete the Folder Redirection. The available options for settings are:

Grant the user exclusive rights to My Documents. If selected, this sets the NTFS security descriptor for the %username% folder to Full Control for the user and local system only; this means that administrators and other users do not have access rights to the folder. This option is enabled by default. Note: Changing this option after the policy has been applied to some users will only effect new users receiving the policy.

Move the contents of My Documents to the new location. Moves any document the user has in the local My Documents folder to the server share. This option is enabled by default.

Leave the folder in the new location when policy is removed. Specifies that files remain in the new location when the Group Policy object no longer applies. This option is enabled by default.

Redirect the folder back to the local user profile location when policy is removed. If enabled, specifies that the folder be copied back to the local profile location if the Group Policy object no longer applies.

The My Documents Properties page provides two additional options for the My Pictures folder:

Make My Pictures a subfolder of My Documents. If selected, when the My Documents folder is redirected, My Pictures remains a subfolder of My Documents. By default, My Pictures automatically follows the My Documents folder.

Do not specify administrative policy for My Pictures. If selected, Group Policy does not control the location of My Pictures; this is determined by the user profile.

An important point to note is that you should not pre-create the directory defined by user name. Folder Redirection will handle setting the appropriate ACLs on the folder. If you choose to pre-create folders for each user, be sure to set the permissions correctly (see the permissions tables in the Best Practices section later in this paper).

Cliff GaliherCommented:
You don't need to create the share. This is SBS. There is a folder redirection in the server administration snap-in. It will create the share, the group policy, set the permissions..all the things that are easy to screw up manually are handled for you. Just run the wizard.

And yes, roaming profiles and folder redirection are different features that, while often used together, provide different functions to address different needs. I'll be honest, I use folder redirection often, but roaming profiels far less so. I find they usually intorduce more headaches than they solve and there is rarely a need for them in this day and age where there is a desktop on every desk. Roaming profiles are a throwback to the NT 3.5 era when computers were far more often shared and pen and paper were still the nrom for business.

The roaming profile will take a long time the first time you synchronize and any other time the user logs into a machine they haven't logged into before because it has to synchronize the profile for the first time, but after that the amount of data moved back and forth is significantly smaller.

If you wanted to do say just the My Documents folder, you would create a new Group Policy Object and under the User Configuration open up Policies, then Windows Settings, and finally Folder Redirection.  Under there are the folders that you can redirect individually.  Select the folder you want to redirect, right click on it and select Properties.  Next, configure where you want it redirected and any other specific settings (basic or advanced settings are there, I usually do basic and redirect everyone to the same share point such as \\server\desktops)
sgleeAuthor Commented:
KCTS: First link did not work. Second link and video link are for Windows 2003 Server, not SBS2003.
The reason I say that is because when I go to Active Directory Users and Computers, I can see "Redirect" (that I created in an attempt to set up folder redirection). I right click and go to Properties window and click on "Group Policy" tab. Now the screen looks way different from youtube video. It only show "OPEN" button with the message "You have installed the group policy management snap-in, so this tabb is no longer used. To open Group Policy Management, click OPEN button.
When I clicked OPEN button, it opens "Group Policy Management" that looks way different from youtube video.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
cgaliher: "Just run the wizard." ---> where can I find this wizard in SBS2003?

Cliff GaliherCommented:
It is pretty visible in the management tool. "Configure My Documents Folder Redirection" is a wizard, like many things in SBS. Not sure how to get more detailed than that.


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sgleeAuthor Commented:
cgaliher: I found "Configure My Document Direction" under Shares(Local) in Server Management\Standard Management. It worked flawlessly. Thank you.

I can see how the combination of roaming profile and folder rediection can make IT person's job much easier.

Now, by using wizard, SBS took care of editing GPEDIT.MSC for me?
Where can I do in SBS 2003 where I can see what the wizard did for me?

Again thank you for your help.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
Yes, the wizard created a group policy for you, among other things. The group policy will be in the list of policies visible in GPMC.
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