XP folder redirection not working

I have a simple test GPO that redirects the My Documents folder to a pre-existing user home folder.  However the GPO is not working.  I have created a test OU with blocked inheritance and linked the GPO to this and restricted to a specific user account but it still isn't working.  

Running the GPO modelling wizard shows that the GPO should be applying but in practice the My  Docs folder is not being mapped across (to unc path of \\server\toplevelshare\year\username)

Anyone any ideas why this would be?

Domain is Server 2008 R2, client pc is Windows XP Pro SP3
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ecarboneCommented:
Windows XP has very poor support for folder redirection, so I gave up fighting with it. As your users migrate to Windows 7 and 8 you will see a HUGE improvement in how folder redirection and offline files works.

But if you're stuck with XP for the time being ... did you reboot the client pc two or three times? It takes a few reboots before it kicks in.

Also, after each reboot check the event log on the client pc to see if there are any permissions errors.

Good luck   ;-)
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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Is there any error logged in the event viewer?

Also on the PC run "gpresult /r" at the command prompt without the quote and past the result here.

Regards
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SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
I will recommend to remove enable blocked inheritance any specific reasons for the same.Also instead of user add autehticated user to the GPO.Ensure that correct permission are sets.Try accessing the UNC path from client computer manually are you getting any error.Check the event log(system/application) you will get evidence to troubleshoot further post the errors.

How to configure Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection
http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2010/08/best-practice-roaming-profiles-and-folder-redirection-a-k-a-user-virtualization/
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cmdownAuthor Commented:
Hi All

I have tested with both XPPro & Win7 - no difference.  GPResult from Win7Pro as below.  GPResult shows n/a for redirected path but in the GPol this is set to the the user home profile location with other folders set to follow My Docs.  The actual drive mapping in teh user profile is created correctly and is accessible (full modify rights) to the user.

GPResult Details:



Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Operating System Group Policy Result tool v2.0
Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp. 1981-2001

Created On 15/10/2013 at 15:37:47



RSOP data for DOMAIN\seriftest on VDSK-LS-W7P01 : Logging Mode
--------------------------------------------------------------------

OS Configuration:            Member Workstation
OS Version:                  6.1.7601
Site Name:                   N/A
Roaming Profile:             N/A
Local Profile:               C:\Users\seriftest
Connected over a slow link?: No


USER SETTINGS
--------------
    CN=Serif Test,OU=Users,OU=Test & Development,DC=DOMAIN,DC=local
    Last time Group Policy was applied: 15/10/2013 at 15:35:23
    Group Policy was applied from:      VSVR-LS-DOM01.DOMAIN.local
    Group Policy slow link threshold:   500 kbps
    Domain Name:                        DOMAIN
    Domain Type:                        Windows 2000
   
    Applied Group Policy Objects
    -----------------------------
        USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION

    The following GPOs were not applied because they were filtered out
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
        Local Group Policy
            Filtering:  Not Applied (Empty)

    The user is a part of the following security groups
    ---------------------------------------------------
        Domain Users
        Everyone
        BUILTIN\Users
        NT AUTHORITY\INTERACTIVE
        CONSOLE LOGON
        NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users
        This Organization
        LOCAL
        SITE.PaperCut.Users
        SITE.ApplicationRestrictions
        SITE.AllUsers
        SITE.AllStudents
        Papercut
        SITE.DiskQuota.500MB-Limit
        SophosUser
        SITE.DisableFlashEXE.User
        Medium Mandatory Level
       
    The user has the following security privileges
    ----------------------------------------------


    Resultant Set Of Policies for User
    -----------------------------------

        Software Installations
        ----------------------
            N/A

        Logon Scripts
        -------------
            N/A

        Logoff Scripts
        --------------
            N/A

        Public Key Policies
        -------------------
            N/A

        Administrative Templates
        ------------------------
            N/A

        Folder Redirection
        ------------------
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   N/A
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   N/A
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   N/A
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   N/A
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   My Pictures
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   N/A
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   My Music
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   My Videos
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   N/A
                                   
            GPO: USER-GPO-STUDENTS-SERIF-FOLDER REDIRECTION
                KeyName:      InstallationType:  basic
                    Grant Type:        Not Exclusive Rights
                    Move Type:         Contents of Local Directory moved
                    Policy Removal:    Leave folder in existing location
                    Redirecting Group: N/A
                    Redirected Path:   N/A
                                   
        Internet Explorer Browser User Interface
        ----------------------------------------
            N/A

        Internet Explorer Connection
        ----------------------------
            N/A

        Internet Explorer URLs
        ----------------------
            N/A

        Internet Explorer Security
        --------------------------
            N/A

        Internet Explorer Programs
        --------------------------
            N/A
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cmdownAuthor Commented:
Event log says: "Windows failed to apply the folder redirection settings. Folder Redirection settings might have its own log file". Event ID 1085.

However, digging further into the logs, it is the start menu redirect that is failing because the path being picked up by the group policy is incomplete as follows:

Actual user profile home folder location is \\server\data_share\2013\username

Path picked up by the group policy is \\server\datashare$\username which does not exist; the datashare$ share hasn't existed for several years - before our 2003 domain was converted to 2008 R2 and before our current file server existed.  All other folders are being redirected to a C:\Users\username\ folder and not to the users home folder location that is set in the user account profile.

Both the test user and test computer accounts are newly created in AD so it can't be that there is a previous setting lurking around !


Dovestones (very useful) AD Bulk Export tool (which you can use to extract all sorts of info from AD) DOES return the FULL & CORRECT home folder path - so where on earth is the Group Policy picking up the incorrect path from?

AAAHHHH !!! :o(   < much frustration !!
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SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
Can you check the folder redirection registry path from client computer is it pointing to incorrect path.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/242557
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cmdownAuthor Commented:
Thanks for comments above.

Having dug a little deeper into this, I should confirm that it is the %HomeShare% location that I want to redirect My Docs etc to.  This can't be specified in the GPO folder redirection path.

On the test machine, %UserProfile% is pointing to the local profile location ( C:\Users\username ).

 %HomeShare% does contain the correct path details.

Notwithstanding the bizarre path that is being picked up in the event logs (which I still would like to solve), how do I redirect the My Documents (XP) / Documents (W7) folders and sub-folders to the users %HomeShare% location?
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SandeshdubeySenior Server EngineerCommented:
The policy is not applied on client computer have you create folder redirection policy before that was deleted and causing the conflicts.It may be deleted from GPMC but still present in AD database.Let run gpotool and check the plociy status.Open cmd and type GPOtool and check.If the command is not working you need download resource kit tool.http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=17657
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cmdownAuthor Commented:
Hi Sandeshdubey

To the best of my knowledge folder redirection has not been previously applied to these computers.  I'm going to be away until the 28th Oct now but will run GPOTool on my return and update this question accordingly.

Thanks
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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cmdownAuthor Commented:
I have not had the chance to progress the GPOTool issue but in terms of the original question I believe this has been self-answered in my post < by: cmdownPosted on 2013-10-16 at 08:47:30ID: 39576085 >
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cmdownAuthor Commented:
All,

With thanks for the responses received & apologies for the delay ( & having being suitable chastised by the mods ! ) I have not had time to carry out the GPOTool exercise suggested by Sandeshdubey.  As %HomeShare% can't be used to redirect the original question has been self-answered.  I will, however, repost with a specific focus on how else the objective may be achieved.
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