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When I setup a group policy to redirect documents it shows: \\Server\Department\%username%\documents.  Is there a way to have it redirect to "My Documents" instead of "Documents" so it looks like: \\Server\Department\%username%\My Documents?  This was possible in Server 2003 but cannot get it to work in Server 2008R2.

When I try to put the above information in, I get an error about path being wrong.  I need it setup for My Documents because a couple of our programs are looking for the "My Documents" directory instead of "Documents".

Thanks for any help.
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by:amforem
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I might have a fix but want to confirm.  I had already setup a Group Policy that was setup as follows:

Target Folder Location: Create a folder for each user under the root path
Root Path: \\Server\Department\

That had created on the server the %username%\Documents directory.   What I am thinking now is go back into the Group Policy and changing to:

Target Folder Location: Redirect to the following location
Root Path: \\Server\Department\%username%\My Documents

For future users in this department I will have to manually setup up Department their username\My Documents directory with the applicable permissions.   It will be some extra steps but will be easier than have the users trying to fix program locations.

If someone has a better suggestion, let me know.

Thanks
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The Redirect to the following location setting is the correct setting for what you want to achieve.

You're also correct in that you will have to create the username\My Documents folder manually as the redirection method you have chosen requires the folder to exist first, whereas the original setting you chose would have auto-created the "Documents" folder.

You could look at using a script to create the user accounts, create their username\My Documents folder, and thenapply the required permissions to the folder.

Is this for Windows XP or Windows 7 workstations?
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by:amforem
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It is for Windows7 and Windows 8 workstations.  I was able to confirm that the solution I found did work.   I would have tried a script if I knew how to build scripts.  :)

Thanks for your help
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