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My Documents Library/Folder redirection

I recently did a server upgrade which ended up requiring us to remake a number of users on local machines (rename old user from the 'Users' or 'Documents and Settings' folders) and then create a new user. The users are all on a domain but the local user profiles were having issues.

We were able to get the user profiles remade but now the 'My Documents' folder doesn't point to the server location but, rather, the local 'My Documents' folder/library. If anyone has advice for getting them to point back to the proper server location, that would be great!

Thanks!
SBSWindows XPWindows 7

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Tony Giangreco

8/22/2022 - Mon
binumicrosoft

Can you please share more information about the current setup?

From Which OS to Which OS was the upgrade done?
Did you follow some white paper ?
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Thank you  TG-TIS, I will attempt that

binumicrosoft, I believe the upgrade was from SBS2003 to SBS2011, we ended up having a permissions issue where users were unable to access their previous document location on the server, we reset the user profiles on the local machines and the permissions issue was no longer present. However, instead of 'my documents' pointing to something like server/usershares/username they now point to the default windows location. We can now map and access the //server/usershares/username location, so the permissions issue is gone, but I want to get the users back to having the server location be where 'my documents' points.

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ThomasMcA2

The location of My Documents is defined in the Registry. To change it, change this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders

Value Name: Personal
Value Type: REG_SZ

You can change that with a group policy or the reg.exe command in a script.

After changing this, any documents that were created locally  will have to be manually moved to the server share.
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Tony Giangreco

Hi Dkuhlman,

Did you try my solution? Did it resolve your problem?