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Home Drives and My Documents GPO Redirection issues

Posted on 2013-12-31
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Hi All,

We have a bit of an annoying issue in our Windows 7/Server 2008 environment.

Each of our users gets a home drive on our file server. This server gets mapped to their as their X drive  -   \\server\homedrives\username

We also have a Group Policy which redirects peoples Documents to their home drive.

ISSUE - If someone opens their home drive, they have a folder inside called My Documents which is the GPO redirect.

So essentially..  the Home Drive (X) takes them to one place, and the GPO redirect takes them to a folder WITHIN the X drive, not the X drive itself.

WHat I would like to accomplish is to have my GPO take them to the X drive itself.  Is this possible?  Or should I just do away with the X drive and only use the DOcument redirect?


Document Redirect GPO - \\server\HomeDrives\%USERNAME%\Documents
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by:Kent Fichtner
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I am sorry, but I don't fully understand.  What we do is basically the same thing.  We use H:\ for their users directory.

H:\ maps to \\fileserver\users\%username%

and we have a GPO that redirects the desktop, documents, favorites, music etc...

path: \\fileserver\users\%username%\desktop.

When they go to my computer, they see their H:\ and inside is all the folders above plus anything else they have put in manually to the root of their users directory.
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by:Jeremy Weisinger
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Why not make the X drive \\server\HomeDrives\%USERNAME%\Documents.
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Sarang Tinguria earned 167 total points
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What I understand from your issue is you have folder redirection set to \\server\HomeDrives\%USERNAME%\My document
and home drive \\server\HomeDrives\%USERNAME%\
But when you open home drive you get \\server\HomeDrives\%USERNAME%\My document
Hope am correct on above

So, Why you are keeping Folder redirection and Home drive at same location, makes no sense to me.

What I would have done is leave the redirected my documents as it is and create a seperate Shared folder folder for home drive and get this mapped from new location
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by:btny
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I will be reviewing your comments today all, thanks!
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by:btny
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Splitting the points because you all said basically the same thing, which all works.

Not sure why the way we had it was so messed up.

Thanks all
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