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I have setup redirection of my document, pictures, videos to a network drive via GPO.  I am currently using local profiles on a windows 7 desktop.  If I go to my computer folder and click my user folder name I see duplicate (my documents, pictures & videos) folders on the %userprofile% folder and my network drive.  Is there a way to remove them locally or do I have to run a script to delete the folders at login, since we are utilizing local profiles, or would deleting the folders in the default profile work?
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You will always see the local folders in addition to the redirected folders, this is normal behaviour.    Deleting them in the default users profile will serve no purpose, since they will created regardless each time a new user is created, since the default Shell Folders key will refer to those locations until the policy is applied, and the policy is applied AFTER the users profile is created (it needs the profile to exist to apply the policy).

What's important to note is that the profile locations inside the users registry will point to the correct locations, and this can be verified by looking at "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders" using Registry Editor.

You could petentially write a script to "clean up" the folders from the local machines, but I would advise against this, because if you ever have a situation where the network drive is unavailable (for any reason, including DNS or the computer is off the network) and the folder redirection doesn't work, it will need to revert to the default location.  If the default location is not there, it may set you up with a temporary profile rather than use your current one, meaning you'll lose all your other settings like Outlook profile, and it could become inconvenient for the end user.
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