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How to prevent specific Windows 7 roaming profile subfolders from replicating to server copy

What is the best way to prevent specific user profile subfolders replicating to and from their server Profile folder copy?

I have been using Group Policy Management "Administrative Templates/System/User Profiles/Exclude directories in roaming profile" for Windows XP but Windows 7 clients seem to ignore these

Windows XP
Local Settings;Temporary Internet Files;UserData;Windows;Application Data\Identities;Application Data\Adobe\Acrobat;Application Data\Adobe\FileBrowser;Application Data\Adobe\InDesign;Application Data\Adobe\Photoshop;Application Data\Google;Application Data\Sun;Application Data\Apple Computer

Windows 7
AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes;AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync

I have created specific policies for Windows XP and Windows 7 as Microsoft seems to rename everything but I still can't get any Windows 7 clients to follow their policy

Also are there any abbreviations that will truncate the exclusion list as our GP dialog seems to restrict the text length preventing me excluding all the folders I want?
Windows 7Windows Server 2008Active Directory

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8/22/2022 - Mon

You could try these steps in debugging your roaming profiles:


Best way to do this is by activativing a group policy. Since you can only have roaming profiles in an active directory environment, this is the best way to do it.  I found a technet article describing this setting . Afaik this also works with an Windows 2008/Windows 7 environment.

Other possibillity might be to start folder redirection. That way files and directories normally stored in the users profile on the local harddisk and synced everytime the user logs in or off are stored by default on the network location you specify. Then the syncing does not occur, since there is only one location to maintain. I would not recommend this for laptop users: when the are out of the building, they cannot access there files on the server.

Here's the technet article:


and a more down to earth article on the specific subject:


Hope this helps.


These MS articles do not added to what I already know and do not identify Windows 7 settings or explain why my settings are ingnored

Any further ideas please?
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Ok, then provide some more info:

What server are you using?

Do you have XP and Win7 clients? If so, does your policy work for XP clients?

When you run a result op policies on a Win7 client, is your defined policy listed in the list of policies, and if so, what does it say?


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This issue is still unresolved and I can't find out what is stopping this policy

I am not clear how to identify what policies actually apply to a client Windows 7 PC
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Have a look at this KB, not exactly descibed what you reported, but at least the hint, that they work in genéral with Win7.

You may try on a test client, if this also fixes your problem.

And just found this:
The exclusion folder setting in GPO only apply if you have set up the profile redirection in the user account properties.

Thanks, I have discoverered the above is correct but not clear enough to always work

A user must have at least one "Folder Redirection" AND specific "User Profiles\Exclude directories in roaming profile" set in the SAME Group Policy before any Folder Exclusions are applied

This makes no sense to me when both are in completely different locations in a GP (there is no guidance identifying Folder Exclusion being dependance on the other)

Folder Redirection in our organisation is more user group dependent

Folder Exclusion is very Computer group dependant now Microsoft has changed the profile folder structure and renamed Application Data as Roaming\AppData since Windows XP

Why does Microsoft make having to work both requirements into one GP so difficult?
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