Folders not created on redirection

Posted on 2013-12-16
Last Modified: 2014-01-08
Strange problem.  New user who decided to create their own folder under the \\server\redirected folder.  Of course the permissions were not correct.  Rather than attempting to correct them all myself I decided to delete the folder they created and enforce the GPO I created for user folder redirection on that PC. Now when the user logs in it does not create her user folder.  Any other test user I create in AD will create the folder under the redirected folder when they log on for the first time.  

I thought I could just delete her user account and recreate it but was not sure the exact outcome for that.  Suggestions?

Users workstation is Windows 7 Pro.
Server is Windows Server 2012 Standard.

Question by:TripapHoniC
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Author Comment

ID: 39722903
OK, while waiting I deleted her domain credentials and recreated them.  This did nothing other than force a separate profile to be created on her workstation.  Which sucked even more because all of her shortcuts are gone, settings are default and all that garbage.  /sigh
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by:Lionel MM
ID: 39724029
Well on the second problem her setting are still on the PC, if you check C:\Users you will see her old profile. If you want to recover that profile you can. Logon as another user--then reboot--have to reboot. Now logon as any use other than the new user; now find the new profile for him/her and rename it newuser.bad and then find the old profile and give it the exact same name, exactly as the newly created profile you just renamed .bad but of course without the .bad.
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by:Lionel MM
ID: 39724042
With regard to the original problem you have to make sure the new user is a member of the group that has the folder redirection policy applied to it. It may also be that the PC has lost connection to the server and you may have to rejoin it to the domain (that takes some work). I would suggest you start a command prompt (Start, run, cmd then enter); at the DOS window type gpupdate /force and see if it completes or generates any errors. It should ask you to logoff to ensure all the GPO are applied.
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Author Comment

ID: 39724071
Thanks lionelmm for both replies.  I've already resolved the profile issue using a method similar to what you suggested.

The problem with the folder creation on redirection is a larger problem however.  The machine definitely has domain connectivity and the GPO is current.  I was able to log in with a test account from that workstation and the user folder was created on the network share as it should be.  I may just have to create the folder manually and set the permissions.  I dislike doing this because it's not best practice.
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by:Lionel MM
ID: 39724157
Did you run gpupdate /force?

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TripapHoniC earned 0 total points
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I figured out that if I elevated the user permissions to domain admins group their folders were created without issues.  

Thanks for the help but this one I resolved on my own troubleshooting.

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ID: 39764693
I troubleshot and resolved the issue myself.

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