Folder redirection stoped working

Posted on 2013-05-17
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Last Modified: 2013-05-30

I have a strange problem with folder redirection which searingly stopped working in our organization this morning.

The strange thing is that
I can see the "original" redirected folders from the workstations (ie. no permission and / or network issue)
There is no error reported (neither client nor server side) in the event viewer
The GPO editor "sees" the policy and reports it as expected.

Somewhat baffled. Any suggestion most welcome !

This is a Windows 2003 servers network with mix Win XP / 7 workstations
Question by:Alexandre Takacs
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by:Alexandre Takacs
ID: 39174003
update: I just ran the GPO modelisation tool for one of the user and it turns out that my GPO is reported as non accessible (only the default domain gpo is accessible and reported as applicable). Hmmm don't know what's up here...

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ID: 39174045

Can you please check whether the GPO is still linked or Unlinked in GP?

also try running the gpresult/h from one of the affected user and extract report in html and post it if possible.

Author Comment

by:Alexandre Takacs
ID: 39176440
> Can you please check whether the GPO is still linked or Unlinked in GP?

It is linked

> also try running the gpresult/h from one of the affected user and extract report in html and post it if possible.

I'm afraid Win2k3 (or at least the version I am running) doesn't recognize the /h switch. I enclose a verbose (/z) report. I'm afraid it is in french... might still be useful.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39176736

It reveals a lot of Internal Information and not much helpful as well(language issue).
please revoke the attachment.

When you try gpupdate /force from the affected machine (Windows XP /7) Do you see any error?
if yes, please post the same.

Thank you.

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VirastaR earned 1500 total points
ID: 39176790
Please try the below steps too..

If Folder Redirection Policy Does Not Work
Using Gpresult output, determine which GPOs (if any) had Folder Redirection policy. If a policy is in place that should be affecting the user but the folders are not being redirected, it is possible a GPO was not applied because the user did not have the proper permissions on the GPO.

 If the GPO is disabled or deleted but folder redirection is still in effect after a policy refresh, perform the following steps (if the GPO is still available):
1.Open the GPO.
2.Right-click the folder that was redirected, and then click Properties.
3.On the Settings tab, identify whether or not the Return the redirected folder to its previous setting option is selected.

Let me know if that helped.

Author Comment

by:Alexandre Takacs
ID: 39208572
Thanks for your help above - it turns out we have some corruption in our AD, which is creating our issue. I am awarding you the points anyway as your suggestions where most useful.

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