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I just had a system board failure on an HP machine.  until they swap out his hardware, he needs access to his desktop.  the guy who set up our SBS 2008, failed at configuring roaming profiles and set up some idiosyncratic version of folder redirection.  Most of the profiles are in the same place: c:\users\folderredirections although some are just under c:\users.  the roaming profiles are located in c:\profiles\roaming.   his profile seems to be missing from the server although others similarly created recently thru active directory are located there. I've searched for his username but am only getting files not folders.  

any suggestions where i might find his desktop?

thx
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by:Sandeshdubey
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Can you check on the client computer where user login the registery setting for romaing profile and folder redirection

The following provides the locations of with Folder redirection:
 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders :http://support.microsoft.com/kb/242557

For romaing profile see this link for registry path:http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2011/07/how-to-reset-a-roaming-profile-in-windows-7/

Once the path is identified you need to check on the server where the profile eactly exits.

In case if the local profile is loaded then you need the check the server for user profile data or backup if you have any if the profile is missing.
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by:Martin Dooley
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since the machine had a hardware failure, i am currently unable to access it, that's why i'm trying to access it on the server
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by:Martin Dooley
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i created a new user profile assuming it would default to the same filepath.  but the filepath in the registry just says \%username%\desktop.  it doesn't have the beginning of the filepath which is the relevant part.  any ideas?
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If the policy is applied it should have server path you can try maually chaging the same on client computer and check how does it work.
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we replaced the power supply so his machine is up & running again but i am still unable to ascertain the location of his profile on the server, as noted above.
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by:Martin Dooley
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technically unresolved but it's somewhat a moot point now
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