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Changing the server for folder redirection

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Currently have folder redirection for Desktop/Favorites/My Documents and its subfolders.  They are being pushed to a Folder called Export on a file server.  I have moved that folder to  different file server and have updated the settings in the GPO.  It doesn't seem to be updating the settings in the registry for each machine.  If I open the registry and manually change where its pointing to everything works correctly.  Is there a way for be to create a registry setting update I can push out to all the machines on my network to automatically update this setting change?  Or does it just take a while to propagate to all the machines or am I doing something incorrectly?
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by:Ram Balachandran
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In Windows 7 “Folder redirection only supports %USERNAME%, %USERPROFILE%, %HOMESHARE%, and %HOMEPATH% environment variables”. How did you set the “%hostname% environment variable” previously? Please provide me GPMC report or double check this settings ?
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the path was \\atl-fil01\%USERNAME%\Desktop etc for each of the various folders
its exactly the same just on a different server \\atl-fil02\%USERNAME%\Desktop - I can login to a machine and manually change the registry settings to recognize the new server change from atl-fil01 to atl-fil02 and everything works fine- but I don't want tot have to manually do this to 125 computers- the GPO change is not automatically updating the local machine registry
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Can you double check and confirm from RSOP results that policy is applying in your machine
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is there a command line for that?
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by:Ram Balachandran
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from client machine , start run > type rsop.msc

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb496348.aspx

verify the configuration you mentioned in the GPO has applied in the machine.

Also ensure if Group policy is linked in the OU or it's parent where user object is placed.
You can ensure that verify group policy inheritance tab in GPMC

Guide :
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh147307(v=ws.10).aspx
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run is not available on client machines only if logged in as admin- need to be logged in as user
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by:Ram Balachandran
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U can use command line of rsop and select the user
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gpresult would be the updated version I think and it says it can't load folder redirection
 and to check app log whihc I did and it says it can;t update the redirect folders but all this goes away if I edit the settings in the registry.  Why are the registry settings not being updated by the GPO?  Whatever- there is a work around its jsut going to take awhile- I thought someone here would have an answer
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by:Ram Balachandran
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Have you run gpupdate /force in the client machine, also you need to login and logoff 2-3 times for folder redirection in some cases
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by:arnold
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When a folder is redirected, it must first be reverted before it can be redirected to a new location.
Do you have roaming profiles or local?

Double check the configuration of the GPO tweaking with what happens when the GPO no longer applies.  The setting should be to copy the data back.
Look into using DFS's domain based share for folder redirection.  Future transitions will be seamless.

Revoke this redirecting GPO while creating a new one with the new destination.

You could also use a login script that will update registry keys dealing with updating the shell folder for the redirect location.
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None of these answers solved the problem
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What was tried?
The difficulty is that there is a specific process one must follow when transitioning folder redirection when the location is server based rather than domain based.

The redirection has to be reverted by first making sure the GPO settings are such that the data is copied back if the policy no longer applies.

Then after the data is copied back, the GPO can be modified and reapplied.

Editing the user ntuser.dat is the only way to alter the redirections.

If you do not setup the new using domain based share, you are setting yourself up for the same issue down the line.
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did not solve the problem
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