troubleshooting Question

Folder redirection GPO W 10 for users into their home directory on DFS share!

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Laszlo DenesFlag for Canada asked on
Windows 10Windows OSActive Directory
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Hello Everyone and thank you very much in advance for your input.
I have been banging my head on the wall for a few days now trying to figure this out.
I would like to redirect all user items that are stored locally on Windows 10 to a network share.
I do have the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos redirected on W7 and it works and that part seems to be okay on W 10 as well (see further down)
We are currently on W7 and use roaming profiles with a DFS namespace, but going to Windows 10 and will be eliminating the roaming profiles.

So our users (under their AD profiles) have an H: drive configured for their home folder and it goes to
\\DFS namespace\users\username\data
and for the time being (until we get rid of roaming profiles) a profile path under their AD profiles that points to
\\DFS namespace\users\username\profile
Thus all users currently have two folders under \\DFS namespace\users\username\ specifically the one noted above as home folder and their roaming profile.
Users  --> username --> profile

Under GPO User Configuration --> Windows Settings --> Folder Redirection
I can get the Documents to redirect (see screenshot) because it can be set to target the home directory
Documents settings GPOand the same is true for the Pictures, Music, Video folders since they have the option to "Follow the Document's Folder" (same as W7)
how do I redirect the Desktop (so if users save to it then it is saved to the network), Favorites (IE and Edge), Contacts and possibly Downloads to the same location, i.e. not in the profile.V6 (the profile) folder, but their home folder (data).
I tried this for desktop and it worked,
desktopbut it put it under the profile and not the data folder
ScreenShot257.bmpSurely there must be a way to redirect all of them to the same location.
Really appreciate insights from those that have managed to get this done with concrete examples, i.e. what was the path and the options used please.
Many thanks in advance.
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