Server 2012 R2 Folder Redirection

Hi all -

I am getting ready to deploy a domain with several servers and am currently working on initial configurations in a testing environment. The servers are all Hyper-V guest O/Ss (Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition w/ GUI) running on very robust Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition hosts (w/ no GUI). Among my VMs, there are 2 domain controllers, a file server, and 4 RDS session hosts for hosting various apps and databases. The file server and the session hosts are members of the domain. I am having a number of very quirky issues and will be posting other questions about some of them here over the next few days - but, for now, my question is in regard to folder redirection.

I setup folder redirection in the Default Domain Policy. I am using basic settings to redirect the Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos folders to a share on the file server (\\FS1\users). As I understand it, this should create a sub-folder for each user under that share, the name of which derives from the username, and place their Documents, etc. inside. When I log in locally to one of my RDS session hosts, the folder redirection policy works perfectly. It also works via Remote Desktop (mstsc) when I log on as the domain Administrator. But, it does not work when I login as a standard user via Remote Desktop. This would seem to be a permissions issue, but I can't figure out what permissions to adjust,

The shared folder itself has the proper NTFS and Share permissions as far as I can tell (otherwise this probably wouldn't work at all even when users log in locally). Also, I have checked under the Delegation tab in the policy and Authenticated Users have Read and Apply permissions. I have also added the RDS session host computer with Read permission under the Delegation tab.

Can anyone suggest what else I might look at?

I appreciate any help you can provide.

Thanks much!  :-)
Chris CollinsOwnerAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
First, I recommend you NEVER mess with the default domain policy.  Create new policies and apply them.  Even if they are to apply to all users or computers, NEW GPOs!

Second, setup a DFS namespace to point folder redirection to - do not share off the server directly.  That just creates a mess later when you want to upgrade/replace the server (and you can setup DFS replication to potentially replicate the data to other sites/etc if that becomes a need.

I would recommend you create restore the Default Domain Policy, setup a new Group Policy for redirection, and then start troubleshooting using tools like GPRESULT and the event logs to track down what's going on.

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Cliff GaliherCommented:
RDS and folder redirection can get a little complex because of how RDS profiles and things work.  Set up UPDs to minimize that impact.
Chris CollinsOwnerAuthor Commented:
Lee - that's sound advice. I will definitely give your suggestions a try.

Cliff - Forgive my ignorance. What are UPDs?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
User profile disks.
Chris CollinsOwnerAuthor Commented:
I did as Lee suggested and started from the ground up by creating GPO and linking it. After a GPUPDATE on the app server, all is working well. Thanks much!  :-)
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