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Hello,

can someone provide some directions for configuring folder redirection for our remote desktop server only (2008 R2 SP1). I don't want to do this through group policy unless necessary. I've read a few tutorials but am still a bit confused. I used a link from omegaits.net and from smallbiz something or other (can't remember and don't have bookmark handy). I was using the remote desktop tab in AD on a 2008 R2 DC, but the path doesn't work correctly so I think I am either not applying the correct permissions or haven't implemented the redirection correctly.

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Why do you NOT want to use group policies. That is the standard method of doing this. Everything else is just a hack.
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It is more about my being unfamiliar with group policy, sites, OUs, etc and applying this to only the terminal server and not domain-wide. That said, I want to do it in the correct way so GPMC here I come I guess.

Any directions appreciated.
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Have you organized anything into OUs yet?

The basic outline of my suggestion is to have a Servers OU, and then create a Terminal Servers OU underneath that. Move your terminal server into that OU.

Uging Group Policy Management Console, you want to create two GPO objects that are linked to the terminal servers OU. The first policy is to enable group policy loopback processing. Loopback processing allows user settings to be applied to users that logon to a server, even when the policy wouldn't normally apply to the user. The second policy will do the folder redirection.

Loopback processing of Group Policy
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/231287

Configuring Folder Redirection
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc786749(v=ws.10).aspx
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Excellent thanks. I'm going to look into setting this up this weekend. Is there any downtime for servers? Any caveats to moving servers into OUs? I should leave DCs out of the servers group, correct?

I haven't moved anything. I'll have to check for any OUs. I inherited this from a tech company that's been out of the network for a few years now.

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There is no downtime and no reboots necessary. I think that DCs are already in their own OU be default. If they are not, I would put them into their own OU.

Moving objects between OUs is only an issue if you have something that is expecting an object to be in a certain OU, such as directory synchronization services, or if you have different GPOs applying to different OUs, you need to be aware that the GPO policies that get applied may change.
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Thanks for the tips. Looking like a fun holiday weekend.

Have a good one.
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So, not too bad. Configured new OU, added remote server through ADUC. Configured new gpo, adjusted settings to redirect favorites folder to share and enabled merge loopback. Set up correct permissions on share according to

http://www.omegaits.net/articles/configuring-folder-redirection-in-windows-server-2008-r2

Linked gpo to OU. Ran gpupdate on dc and remote server. Logged on and off a few times but the folders are not bring written to the share. I see no user folder storing redirected folders.

I ran a group policy wizard report on my user account and I didn't see the gpo being applied but two other GPOs are being applied.

I then ran one on the computer itself and same thing, the new GPO is not applied but two other domain GPOs are applied.

Is there something I am missing in applying the gpo to this OU?

Thanks.
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New policy shows yes for link enabled, gpo status is enabled, but no for enforced, FYI, on the OU.
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Rebooted the remote server and ran gpupdate on another dc. Works now

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Glad it works. FYI you run gpupdate on the machine where you want settings to be applied. There is no need to run gpupdate on the DC unless you are trying to force changes on the DC. In this case, gpupdate is only useful on the terminal server.
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Thanks for the info on updating. I wasn't sure so ran for good measure. Based on what you posted, it must've been the reboot that got it working.

I'm liking GPO. Definitely going to learn more and put it to use.

I'm doing this post mobile so I'll award points this evening.

Thanks again.
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