Folder Redirect permissons

Posted on 2012-08-23
Last Modified: 2012-08-29
My question relates to Windows Server 2008 Standard, the main issue is concerned with Windows and Security permissions.

Why can I not access User's Folder Redirect share in Server 2008 Standard.

Windows Server 2008 Standard uses Folder redirection. A users desktop and documents get redirected to the Folder Redirect share on the server via Group Policy. No-one apart from the end-user has access to their designated redirected folder on the server.  Administrators DO NOT have access to these folders.

My overall question is how I as an administrator access a user's re-direct folder to acquire or recover any files for them on their behalf.  

I realise that any normal situation regarding Windows Security Permissions would be to simply add whoever (administrator) to have access to that particular parent folder and push those permissions down through child objects but I did not want to stuff around with this on a Server 2008 as I know everything needs to be ran through the 'console' and I did not want to break anything in group policy from doing so.

I also am using Windows 2008 server backup.  The previous person set this up so I had to go with it.  In looking through the backups, the Folder Redirect folders files are not getting backed up.  I know the users have files in their document folders, but again they are not getting backed up.  I am sure that this is due to the security issues that I have spoke about above.  
I can take possession of the folders and view the files, but when I transfer possession back to the owner I have hosed the login for that user.  I have renamed the folder to .old and had the user login and then transfer the files over to that login.  
Looking for the best way to handle this situation.
Question by:deano436
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    This article from MS show permissions applied at the Root.

    Notice the Administrators is set to "None".  Change this to allow Administrators.
    Note that this is at the Root above the user's folders.  It will inherit down from there.
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    You're correct in that messing with permissions or ownership on the user's specific folder screws up the works.  So don't do that.
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    There may be more to the story here.

    This is why I don't use Folder Redirection or Roaming Profiles.  They create more grief then it is worth.

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