Unable to turn off Folder Redirection Group Policy on Windows 7 clients from Windows Server 2003.
Posted on 2014-10-02
About the problem policy:
I have a Group Policy for Folder Redirection that I can't get to turn off. It is set to "redirect everyone's folder to the same location" with a Path of \\servername\documents$\%USERNAME%\My Documents. Options enabled include "Grant user exclusive rights to My Documents" and "Move the contents of My Documents to the new location". Policy Removal Behavior is set to "Restore contents".
Initial testing with user in Windows 7:
I created a new OU in AD for testing with the same Group Policy objects applied to it but only a single user moved into it. I tried removing the policy, doing a gpupdate /force from the users end and letting it log off. After the user logged back in I checked and the folder was still redirected. -- I then tried applying the policy to that OU again but this time changing the target folder location to "Redirect to the local userprofile location". I did the same gpupdate but the folder was still directed to the server.
Windows XP response to the change:
Then got to wondering if it was a disagreement between Windows Server 2003 and Windows 7 so I added another user to the test OU that uses Windows XP. I did the GP update, logged off and back on and WAH LAH the folder was no longer pointed to the server.
Windows 7 will apply the group policy to redirect the folder to the server but not pick up the change back to the local location. Windows XP does this just fine. How do I get Windows 7 to apply the new policy and point My Documents back to the local C:\ drive?
Thanks in advance!