copy entire contents of a folder using group policy

Posted on 2013-11-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-02

I am trying to use GPO > computer configuration > Preferences > Windows setting > Files
to copy all the files inside a folder to another destination.

Using Action
source file:  \\servername\templates\*.*  
destination:  c:\templates\

For some reason it's not working.  Am I missing a setting.
Question by:pllr
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Let's start basic trouble shooting:
-is the source accessible by the computer account of your test workstation? (read access)
-is the destination accessible (write access)?
-did you do a gpresult /h resultsfile.html to see if the policy even applied and the settings got processed?
-can you distribute single files this way?
-did you try ...\templates\* as well?

We should find it very soon.

Author Comment

ID: 39678570
Thanks McKnife...


-is the source accessible by the computer account of your test workstation? (read access)
YES it has domain user access

-is the destination accessible (write access)?
Yes same as above

-did you do a gpresult /h resultsfile.html to see if the policy even applied and the settings got processed?
I ran a GPRESULT /R not /h...I'lldo that now.

-can you distribute single files this way?
I read that the only way to distribute multiple files was to use the GPO > computer settings > windows setting > files
I tried it with a single file and it works

-did you try ...\templates\* as well?
yes same result

Author Comment

ID: 39678574
I know I could use a login script to do this but I rather keep everything in GPO so it's centralized.
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McKnife earned 500 total points
ID: 39679969
So... what were the results of gpresult?
And just to make sure: "YES it has domain user access" - does that mean the group "authenticated users" has access? Because domain user access is not sufficient as the processing account is no domain user but the computer account.

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Results of gpresult /h

Security Group Membership when Group Policy was applied
NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users
NT AUTHORITY\This Organization
PRYKELAMBERT\Domain Computers
Mandatory Label\System Mandatory Level

I ended up using a bat script to copy the files...

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