Are Redirected Folders Worth The Pain And Suffering?
Posted on 2013-11-29
I guess I have never really been a fan of redirected folders. I tried it once about 10 years ago on a 2003 Server and it was OK but I wasn't impressed. Now I have tried it a second time on a Windows 2012 Standard Server with 5 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit workstations and I am even less impressed.
The original GPO worked on four of the five workstations. The fifth workstation has problems that were never resolved. I had the GPO set to put the folders back on the local hard drive should the policy be removed. I removed the policy and it was a mixed bag One workstation reverted back to being on the local hard drive, two workstations it put the Documents back but left Music, Pictures and Videos redirected and it didn't do anything to the last two workstations. It was a mess! So......
1) I was under the impression that almost everyone uses folder redirection. It is the "Industry Standard". Is that true?
2) If it is true did I just get unlucky or are redirected folders about as flakey as a three dollar bill? I was surprised. I goggled redirected folder problems and was flooded.
3) Is there a utility or something that I can run on these 5 workstations that will put the libraries back on the local C: drive and end redirection because removing the GPO sure didn't do it.