Cant save to desktop, mydocuments on windows 2k3 domain

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I have an issue where a windows 2003 domain user does not have the ability to save any file to the desktop and my documents. The user is an administrator on his computer and the domain. I have also given him administrative privileges to the folder that is located on the server and also given him ownership and full control over the folder to no avail.

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Are you using folder redirection for my documents and desktop for the user? Is the folder on server same where the desktop and my documents are getting redirected? Check the share permission, you need to provide write access to share in addition to NTFS permissions.

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Presently the my documents and desktop folder of the user does sit on the server, the folders on the server are the same as the ones that the user has access to when logged into their profile.  The user has full control which means that they have write access to this this folder.
In addition to write access to folder the user needs to have write access to share also.

Right click the shared folder, properties, go to sharing tab, click on permissions, make sure user has full access to it.
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Giving the user write access to the share means that the user will have write access to all of the other folders within the shared folder which is something that I do not want to do because the users folder is a sub-folder to the shared folder and the other folders in the parent shared folder belong to other users.
No adding write permission to share will not allow user to write to folders under it you need to manage permission on sub folders

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc757013%28v=WS.10%29.aspx
http://portal.nexlynx.com/KB/a20/configure-user-home-and-roaming-profile-permissions.aspx

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Ok, the only thing weird thing is that every other user that I have set up I did not have configure an individual home folder share with the permissions settings outlined in the documentation listed above. I simply created the user,  without setting the Profile Path, although there is a logon script, SBS_LOGIN_SCRIPT.bat, in the user profile. I did not set the Home Folder setting either. I don't have these issues with any other user profiles. If I did follow the procedures laid out in the documents above and then set the home folder to the same "home" folder that the user is currently pointed to on the server, should i back up the files first.
Backup is not needed specifying home folder in AD doesn't delte any data in the folder, it will prompt you to use existing folder and set the permission but if you are planning to use roaming profile you should backup data. Other option is to rename the folder and AD will create the folder with proper permissions for user and you can move data from renamed folder.

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So I was able to create a home folder share with all of the permissions necessary. Now I desire to copy the info (desktop and my documents) in the old share folder which is currently linked to the profile into the new share, and then replace the old share with the new one, so that the desktop and my documents items load every time the user logs in, which is a roaming profile, correct? Would the best course of action be to copy all of the items in the current folder to the new one and then proceed with setting up the roaming  profile, or to simply rename the folder to the name of the old share?

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I also did not mention that this user logs in with the same profile on multiple computers. The other computer that he logs into does not have the issue where he was unable to save to his desktop or my documents folder. Could logging into multiple computers with the same login cause an issue like this?
If you are just redirecting my documents and desktop folder then it is not exactly roaming profile, roaming profile needs to be configured in Active Directory (Profile path under profile section of user property). The roaming profile saves and loads settings from server. http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Q_25132167.html

Login to multiple machine will not cause problem for folder redirection as it simply redirects folders to server. Simultaneous logins to multiple system will cause issues with roaming profile as it loads profile from server to local machine and when user logs off it saves profile back to the server, so if users logs on to two systems simultaneously the last logged off profile will be saved to the server.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784484%28v=WS.10%29.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc738803%28v=WS.10%29.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736881%28v=ws.10%29

For just folder redirection you don't need to rename or move data between folders, you can keep current folder and make sure the prmissions are correct but if you are going to use roaming profile it is better to use new folder and copy data from current folder to new folder. If you are going to use folder redirection with roaming profile then you should use two seperate folders for roaming profile and home folder so when roaming profile loads it doesn't need to load my documents and desktop items in to profile resulting faster loading of profile.

When user logs on from other computers are his my documents and desktop folers being redirected to the server from those computers?

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