Redirected Folders SBS 2008. Some users saving to wrong share.

Posted on 2014-07-28
Last Modified: 2015-03-16
I have just had a look at a single SBS 2008 Server with 10 users on WIndows 7 workstations. All seems to be working OK but something has confused me that may also cause problems in the future with logging into other computers,

All the users have roaming profiles - although they don't seem to move desks - and folder redirection. There is the the standard Small Business Server Folder Redirection GPO in place redirecting folders to\\SERVER\RedirectedFolders.
( All users have also been set up on the SBS Console to redirect folders )

If I go around some of the users, however, I find their folders are been redirected to \\SERVER\FolderRedirections.

Other users are going to the correct share as listed on the GPO.

It is as if someone has set up a different GPO to redirect to this other share but I have searched through and can't find anything except the standard GPO.

I am therefore a little confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:Markieboy1
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by:Don S.
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I believe you are thinking along the right lines.  If someone setup a different redirect some time ago, and then deleted the share before changing the redirect policy and selected the option to move the contents to the new share, the implementation of the policy would fail because the old share didn't exist so the registry entries indicating where the redirect should go to would remain.  New users added after that mess was created would all point to the new location.  Two ways of fixing this: 1) delete the roaming profiles off of the server and the local computers and let windows rebuild them from scratch (not popular with users generally because they lose settings and whatnot - but can be mitigated by saving the roaming profile under a different name and copying back favorites, etc to the new roaming profile).  2) regedit the folder redirection entries in the affected users registry to point to the correct share and then manually move their stuff to the correct place.

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Thanks for your reply,

Both sound like a bit of work! I know one of the users has a lot of data on his machine and, as usual in any business, everything is time critical.

Which of the two would you recommend? Would I still have to move data to the new location using fix 1?

Could you give any further, more detailed steps, as to how best to go about it. While I am OK with server software, it has been diluted over the years. I was best with Server 2000!

Many thanks in advance.
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Don S. earned 500 total points
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First thing to do would be to take an inventory of who is replicating to where so you know the scope of what you have to address.  The second thing to do would be to look at the local event logs on the computers where the misrediredtion is going on and see if there are errors indicating what is actually going on.  Those errors will tell you if it is a policy application error, a redirection error or what have you.  You may also find some other issue that is preventing the GPO from applying as well.  Sort out the GPO issues first, then address the specific redirection issues.  If the policies are applying ok and it is only one or two folders being mis redirected, then you could go into the user's registry and make the changes there.  Otherwise if you prove that a new user gets all the correct redirections, then I would copy the roaming profile on the server, delete the originals (on both server and workstation) and generate a new one.  Copy the favorites and desktop (if not redirected) to the newly generated profile, then copy the contents of their misredirected documents folder to the new location.

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Thanks. That sounds like a plan.

I will leave the question open for the moment as I may not get chance to try anything out for a while - as I mentioned everything is actually working - but I would like to sort it.

I may also need some further advice when i do look into it.

And, if anybody has any further suggestions.....

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