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Hello,

I am getting the following event in my event log every day for 3 out of 20 computers on our network.  We have a Server 2003 R2 Server with NO group policy installed.  I even looked at the local group policy to see if folder redirection was setup, but it wasn't.

Description: Failed to perform redirection of folder My Documents.
The new directories for the redirected folder could not be created.
The folder is configured to be redirected to <\\dsdc001\My Documents\users\%USERNAME%\My Documents>, the final expanded path was <\\dsdc001\My Documents\users\recepin\My Documents>.
The following error occurred:
The network path was not found.

The computers work fine, but we monitor these workstations and are getting these errors every day for all 3 computers.
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by:mcsween
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Click Start, Run, rsop.msc and look under User Config, Windows Settings, Folder Redirection.  If you see it setup there you can see in the far right column which policy it is coming from.  I know you said you hadn't setup any GPOs but will verify it isn't coming from a policy.
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by:Amit
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Create one test OU, move the user to test OU and block the GPO inheritance and see if still you are getting same error.
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by:Sean Rhudy
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Group Policy is not installed on the server, If I go to administrative tools, group policy is not there.

@McSween - I did run rsop.msc and there is nothing listed under user config for folder redirection.
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by:Amit
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Check if something locally configured.
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Group Policy is part of Active Directory; if AD is installed Group Policy is too.  You may mean the Group Policy Management Console isn't installed which can be installed by adding features in server manager.
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by:traoher
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If GPO is not enable, then someone had move the location of those user profiles or a part of it.

Try  Performing a move back:

select the folders in question (one at a time), hold down the right mouse, drag it to where it needs to be and select move, then click "yes" on it.

Also check in

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

default should have location:  %userprofile%\
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by:Sean Rhudy
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Installed the management console and found the GPO causing the issue, thank you.
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