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Firefox Bookmarks Redirect

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Hello,

I am trying to accomplish redirecting our users favorites in IE to Firefox bookmarks either through a GPO template or through the registry.  Then using Firefox moving forward as our main browser and having them save and pull their bookmarks from each user's share drive on our file server.  I can import the favorites as bookmarks, but can't permantley locate them to our file share moving forward when they add or make a change to a bookmark in Firefox.  

Currently for IE we have a GPO in place which works located at User Config-Admin Temp-Windows Components-Internet Explorer-Location of Internet Explorer favorites.   There we redirect the favorites to our user share drives.  
\\servername\share\%USERNAME%\Favorites

I am having a real difficult time trying to figure out how to do this with Firefox if it's even possible.  I have tried these solutions that dont quite do what I am trying to accomplish.

http://www.robgolding.com/blog/2009/04/13/roaming-firefox-profiles/
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1277895
http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/756357
http://www.edugeek.net/forums/windows/42387-redirecting-firefox-profiles-home-dir.html

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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If you redirect the firefox profile the bookmarks are redirected as well  (they are stored in the user profile).. What exactly is the problem you are having?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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I think I understand.. Firefox doesn't use the IE favorites at all.. you have to import the ie favorites into firefox.
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I am not trying to import the IE favorites.  I want to redirect the favorites or bookmarks in this case to each user's home drive located on our file server - (ex. \\file server\username\favorites).  The following solution is close (http://www.frontmotion.com/Firefox/index.htm), but this makes you map a network drive.  This won't work for us because we have many users that use one terminal (WYSE client with write filter enabled) and we would have to map a drive for each user that logs in.  I don't want to use a login script either to make this work.  Any other thoughts?
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then you have to redirect the Firefox profile as it is stored in the Firefox profile

The golding example of having the mapped drive H:\ is only an example
http://www.robgolding.com/blog/2009/04/13/roaming-firefox-profiles/
you could instead use a unc path \\servername\serverpath\%username%\favorites
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The unc path with \%username%\ doesn't work with Firefox.  

This is what we ended up doing to finally get this to work the way we wanted it to.

I created a general Firefox profile with our preferred preferences on the Wyse client. Then I created a Firefox folder for every user on our file server and added the Firefox profile to the Firefox folder.  We followed these 2 links for the solution.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/958348

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=1793218#p1793218

The workaround for the %username% not working in Firefox was using a batch script in the startup folder and upon each user login, with multiple users sharing one client, it would then map it to the correct fileshare location.

Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
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Figured out issue after further testing and research.
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