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Folder Redirection Partially Applying

Posted on 2016-11-07
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My environment:
Win 2012 Active Directory
Windows 7 clients

OU named Folder Redirection Test (with blocked inheritance)
GPO named Folder Redirection Beta
Folder Redirection is enabled for: AppData, Documents, Pictures, Links, Favorites, Start Menu, Desktop
Pictures is set to Follow Documents.
GPO is applied only to this OU.

All works except for Documents and Pictures.  Neither are being redirected.  Their folders are not being created in the network share.  The user's folder is being created and AppData, Links, Favorites, Start Menu and Desktop are the subfolders.

Registry entries (HKCU/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/User Shell Nodes) shows everything being correct except My Documents and Pictures are set to %USERPROFILE% and not the network share.

gpresult /h and gpresult /v show that only this GPO is being applied to this (test) user.

That attached image shows the results of gpresult /v.  Note the redirect path for Documents is "N/A".

I've already checked permissions on the DFS share (Domain Users has Full Control) and have recreated the GPO.

Folder Redirection - GPRESULT

Any ideas?
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by:Niten Kumar
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Does gpupdate /force return any errors?  Have you checked on the windows firewall?
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gpupdate /force does not return any errors other than it could not apply aspects of FR because the changes must be process before system startup.

However, I found my issues.

1) I had a competing GPO that set folder redirection at the computer level vs just at the user level.  I disabled this GPO.

2) I had Documents redirected using the option to "Redirect to the user's home directory" and had the user's Active Directory home directory set to connect drive Y to their home share.  

While the Y: drive did map to their pc, My Documents was still not being redirected.  Using the Group Policy Results Wizard (on the domain controller) and the user's event logs, I see the GPO trying to redirect My Documents to:

%HOMESHARE\users\username

This path does not exist in our environment so I don't know how it determined that path to use.

The ultimate fix for me was to omit the competing GPO and to set the Documents to redirect to a server share.
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Found a competing GPO and incorrect path being used.
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