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Server 2012 Group Policy Folder Redirection

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I'm setting up a new Server 2012 environment.  I setup several folder redirections in group policy to point to U: \\ad01\FolderRedirections\%username%\  then mapped the U: drive to the the same location in GP.

I applied the GP object to the OU with all of the users in it, logged onto the Remote Desktop server (2012) and the drive letter wasn't there, nor were any of the in \\ad01\FolderRedirections\%username%\(documents, pictures, etc.) created.

gpresult /r indicates that the folder redirection policy was applied.

I also logged into a new laptop that I just joined to the domain and that didn't get the U: drive either.

Any suggestions?
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Skyler Kincaid earned 500 total points
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It isn't best practice to point the folder redirection to mapped drive.

What you should do is create a share on the server that you want the files to redirect to, so you would put:

\\servername\share$\%username% (you should make the share an admin share)

Don't forget to disable offline files on workstations (to reduce the time for waiting when logging in) and enable it on laptops so when they leave the office they still have their data.

We did extensive testing with folder redirection and we used this guide as the baseline, we figured out the offline file settings on our own:

http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/08/best-practice-roaming-profiles-and-folder-redirection-a-k-a-user-virtualization/
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Obviously questions, but are the permissions set on the share and security tab for the users in questions?
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I mis-typed that.  I didn't map folder re-directions to a mapped drive (I'm not even sure if you can do that).  I pointed them at a UNC share.  Then separately I mapped a drive to the smae UNC share for so the users could get at all of the folders easily.

The problem is that neither the mapped drive is showing up, nor are any of the folder re-directions happening.
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Have you ran a gpupdate/force on any of the machines?

You should also be able to check the went log to see why it is failing.

When you did the modeling did you use the computer and user that you are using to test?
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