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Apply Folder Redirection to ONE server (2008 R2) in a domain

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We have a domain with 20+ PCs that all connect to a terminal server. The desktops themselves have no applications installed, and are mainly used just to connect to the server. We keep them on the domain for monitoring and support purposes (easier to connect to to fix issues this way).

On the existing terminal server, we have files stored locally (C:\Users\XXX) for some users, and in a Redirected Folders share for others. The original folder redirection that was implemented years ago apparently did not work correctly so only some users have redirected folders.

The issue we're having now is that we are putting in a new Server 2008 R2 terminal server, and we'd like to move all users files to the main (SBS 2008) server via redirection, and we're running into issues with the policy. When we enable a Group Policy it also tries to redirect folders back to each desktop. This is an issue because the users don't have the programs to open these files, and also some of them have slow internet connections so logins take an extremely long time.

I need to setup a group policy to apply folder redirection to all users but only have it apply on one computer. I've tried linking the policy in different spots, changing permissions on the policy, changing the scope, adding the terminal server to a new security group and doing all of the above with it in it's own group... but I've had no luck. Basically I need Folder Redirections to apply to all users but only when they log in to the terminal server. This will save us having to re-map folder locations and move data for 20+ users.
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Folder redirection is applied at the user level, not at the machine level so there is no direct way via GPO to selectively redirect only when logging in to a specific machine.  You options are to do this either manually for each user or via script on the local profiles stored on the RDS server but only if these profiles are local and not roaming.
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