GPO Folder Redirection but allow manual change of the redirection in Windows Server 2008 R2


I have all my users with their "My Documents" redirected however I need to allow some users to manually change the folder redirection so that it can be redirected to OneDrive for Business, Dropbox for Business or Google Drive depending on which one they are using. Does anyone know if there is A GPO setting that will allow me to let them manually change their folder redirects? Currently once the Folder Redirect GPO has been applied the location can't be changed.

Thanks in Advance

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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
There is no way to do this through group policies.  The GPO that sets the folder redirection for the Documents folder is designed to make this a permanent change.  Like other policies, it changes registry entries, in this case the ones that control where the Documents folder resides. So, you have to change the registry entries each time you wanted to change the redirection.  There are ways of doing this; for example through creating a series of reg files with the various changes in them to redirect the folder that you would leave on the desktop. They could double-click the appropriate one (i.e., labeled something like "local," "Dropbox," etc.) each time they want to change their save location.

However, I would be very leery of doing this because I can see how it could cause not only document corruption but confusion on the part of the user as to where the various versions of various documents have been saved.  I think it would be more useful and prudent to simply create shortcuts to the various resources on the desktop so they're easily accessible to the user, and leave it to the user to specify where they want to save the document.

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JHMH IT StaffCommented:
You'll need to create separate GPOs for each purpose, and make sure your users are in OUs which will apply the policies as needed. However I agree with hypercat about preferring a shortcut - this way the user takes ownership of their actions, and sensitive information won't accidentally be placed in an unauthorized location simply because of a policy setting.
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