Server 2012 / Win 7 Pro Documents Folder Redirection Issues
Posted on 2014-03-03
I am working on a project to migrate our file servers from server 2003 to new vm's running server 2012 r2. I have robocopied everything over to the new server 2012 but can't get GP document redirection working correctly or at all for that manner.
This past summer we migrated our dc's from 2003 / 2008 to 2012 dc's and raised the funtional level to 2012. We had consultants help us with that project and it went smoothly. In the fall we rolled out new new win 7 pc's to our users. It was a long, controlled rollout where we touched every pc to customize it to the user specifications. I noticed early on that the GP that used to re-direct my documents was no longer working so I manually redirected it for everyone by right clicking on My documents < Location < and changing the path to the 2003 file server. That worked to get me through that project while we were running in XP / Win 7 mixed user pc mode. I figured I would fix redirection once I got around to this project.
Fast forward 3 months and we now want to start migrating old file servers and noticed that GP still doesn't work now that we are all on win 7 / server 2012.
Stuff I've Tried
1. Built new win 7 vm to test with, created new OU called Test that is only getting 2 GP's default domain policy and new folder redirection policy. I've added my test pc and user account to the test ou. GP is being applied per RSOP and gpresult /r
2. Created new fresh GP and re-setup folder redirection from scratch. The old redirection GP was replicated over during the dc migration. This did not work.
3. Tried both basic and advanced settings under Documents redirection with multiple variations. I assumed that if I set it to basic and rediret to user's home directory that it should just work. We are mapping every users' home directory via AD < Profile < Home Folder < Connect H to \\servername\users\Div\%username%
On my test vm if I paste the following things it will resolve correctly to the new user file server.
\\servername\users\Div\%username% - resolves correctly from win 7 test vm
%homeshare%%homepath% - resolves correctly from win 7 test vm
After each test, like 8 of them with different settings, I ran gpupdate /force on client and re-logged in again. None of these things worked. AD is taking care of mapping the new drive under my computer but redirection still does not work.
4. Made my user account Owner of the folder\\servername\users\Div\%username% to make sure this wasn't a permission issue. The permissions before for all users were they modify rights but not full control. That did not work. I left it as owner for now and full control but that is not something I would like to do in production
1. What am I doing wrong here? I've spent a long time reading / researching this issue and am unsure why simple folder redirection is not working.
2. Is it best to just use login script in this type of situation or reg key change? I see the 2 registry keys controlling this on the client pc are located in the following 2 locations.
2a. My Docs Registry Key - Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders\ Personal
2b. My Docs Registry Key - User Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\SUser Shell Folders\ Personal
3. If option 2 is better then what is the best way to implement / set that up.
Thank you in advance for you help.