Folder redirection is a feature shipped first in Windows 2000 by Microsoft. The feature allows redirecting portions of a user's profile to network shares and thus reduce the profile size.

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roaming profile vs folder redirection

I can't seem to find a consensus on what the differences are between the two. Roaming Profiles, Folder redirection or... both is one example. The top answer doesn't answer the question as to what data ...
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How does folder redirection remember the previous location of a folder?

For example, I have a GPO that redirects the documents folder to \\oldserver\username\My Documents and the “Move the contents of Documents to the new location.” item is selected. The user logs in and ...
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This network location can't be included because it is not indexed

We are in the process of migrating a bunch of users' home directories onto a new server running Windows Storage Server 2008 R2. For most users, this has gone well and our group policy has done its ...
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Replacing folder redirection with work folders

I am currently building a lab to get familiar with Microsoft's new "Work Folder" feature. I am looking for a way to abandon folder redirection and offline files. So far I have one Windows 7 client ...
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What is the best method to change the server used for folder redirection?

For years I've been using folder redirection for all my desktop clients (Win7). I am looking to migrate all data to a new server/share. I have already created a new share with the same ACL and used ...
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Moving roaming profiles to DFS

I'm redirecting appdata, my docs and desktop folders to a server using a GPO based on what facility they're usually at. This brings up a problem for users who bounce between multiple locations. ...
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Folder Redirection DFS Slowness

Currently performing a project to migrate all users from mapped drive home folders to redirected folders (Documents). Having a strange issue at the moment whereby users redirected folder Documents is ...
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Consistently slow domain logins / folder redirection

I've been trying to diagnose slow logins to my domain. One of my first stops was Domain login very slow 10+ minutes. So far I've been able to tell it has to do with my policy that applies folder ...
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Folder Redirection/Offline Files on Win 7 | Folders are empty when not connected to the domain

I've been struggling with this issue for days and cannot seem to find anyone else with a similar issue. I will note first that I have tried using both roaming profiles and the group policy setting ...
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Difference between Roaming Profiles and Profile Redirection

What is the difference between Windows Server 2003 and Windows 7 Clients roaming profiles and folder redirection? Are they mutually exclusive of each other, or do you need roaming profiles to use ...
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Redirected folders, server migrations and properly moving users to a new server

I'm currently having a hell of a time with what seems like it should be a fairly simple project. Basically, $employer has a bunch of remote sites with ancient hardware impersonating real servers, and ...
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Site-specific folder redirection through group policy

Suppose I have two sites - A and B - both with 5/5 Mbps WAN links that are connected via L2L VPN. Each Site is defined in AD Sites 'n Services with its own domain controllers, etc. The problem is that ...
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Folder Redirection on certain profiles is Labeled Wrong

FTR I also suffer from "previous-admin-itis". I had two client computers (Domain=SBS2003, Clients=Vista) that were using the improper folder for folder redirection. Instead of pointing My Documents ...
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Start Menu Folder Redirection - Extra items being added

Using Server 2012 on Win 7 machines, folder Redirection applied by GPO. It's an inherited network so I'm trying to find the cause of this issue as the previous techs left very little info. Problem: ...
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Is it possible to apply a group policy only to certain computers / groups of computers?

I want to setup folder redirection for all of the workstations in the office, with the exception of several laptop users. Is there a way to create a Group Policy that applies only to a certain set of ...
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Is it a bad idea to make roaming profile share available offline?

This is regarding a Windows 2008 R2 domain. The Documents, Desktop, Application Data folders are all redirected to users' home directory (mapped as Z:). The users home directory is configured to be ...
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Cannot map drive letter to redirected folder when using Microsoft Remote Desktop

I'm having some difficulty getting the Folder Redirection feature of Microsoft Remote Desktop to work with command line applications. The server machine is running Windows 2008R2. The client machine ...
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Roaming Profile to act as a redirected folder? Dropbox in roaming profile is also causing slow login/logou

As title, what I'm wondering to know is .. if the roaming profile with Windows 2008 R2 Server (I'm talking about V2 profile - Windows7/Windows8) can work as a redirected folder (it can be done with ...
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Windows Server 2003 folder redirect problem

I have a small network with one Windows Server 2003 server, two Windows XP and one Windows Vista client. The server is working fine, I am having problem in configuring folder redirection. I'm ...
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Moving AppData to a new share: best practice for moving data

My company uses folder redirection to store the AppData folder on a network share. I will be moving the AppData to a new share and I was wondering about the automatic data transfering feature of the ...
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Server 2008 Folder redirection, deleted files still being copied by offline files

I have setup a new Server 2008R2 DC to run a new domain. I have also setup folder redirection for client machines Desktop and Documents. Its all working okay, except I added a Win 8.1 client to the ...
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Why are redirected user profiles read-only when accessed on the storage server?

I've set up folder redirection for my user profile in our domain. I noticed something weird when I logged on to the server on which the user profile data is located. All my redirected folders are ...
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Changing user's last name in Active Directory and implications for redirected folders

I have an Active Directory domain, running on Windows Server 2008 DCs. I have this user who got married and changed her last name. I have already changed her last name in Exchange 2007, created a new ...
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How to bring a redirected user account back from the dead in Windows Server 2008 R2?

A user at the place where I work left the company, we deleted his account out of AD and then he came back...and now his redirected profile exists, but with the wrong permissions on the folder.. I ...
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After disabling folder redirection My Documents still redirected

like title says. I disabled my folder redirection after it became too much of a hassle. I had been experiencing reorganization of my start menu, links intermittently disabled and then reappearing, ...
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Folder creation date is very recent, while last modified is years ago

We're experiencing some weird stuff with our roaming user profiles. We use folder redirection for Documents/Pictures/Music/Destkop/Downloads, yet these folders are being created in the roaming user ...
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How do I display users' folders (My Documents, Contacts, etc.) in their profile location after redirecting them to server?

I'm implementing folder redirection for a domain, and I'm trying to make this as seamless as possible for current users. I assumed the %USERNAME% subfolders would remain in the same place but point to ...
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Srv2K3R2 to Srv2K8R2 migration redirected folders with user exclusive rights robocopy access issue

Trying to migrate users My Documents and Desktop redirected folders where the users have exclusive rights to the folders. Using Robocopy with /e and /copyall attributes running as domain admin. Access ...
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Desktop Folder Redirection Consistency

I have changed our Desktop folder redirection policy to point to a new share on the server. Some computers are accepting the new policy and displaying the new shortcuts. Others display no icons and ...
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How does one allow administrator access to folder-redirected user folders?

There appear to be two steps to be followed if one wishes to allow Administrators to have access to User Folders that reside on the server through Folder Redirection: Set up permissions on the ...
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Remove or reverse file redirection in group policy

I am looking for a way to essentially reverse file and folder redirection after it has been set up and configured using Group Policy. Right now I have a file server that I am hanging a file share off ...
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Windows Server 2003 GPO Redirected Folders

I have a network share where I pull the Desktop and the Start menu items for all Terminal Server sessions based on the User's group membership using a GPO. Unfortunately I did not have something ...
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How do you configure recycle bins on roaming profiles?

I copied the following from a post on the Spiceworks forum which remained unanswered: Is there any way to place the Recycle Bin back on the desktop of a Roaming Profile with the Desktop being ...
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Windows 7 Folder Redirection (GPO)

I have been fighting this issue for a day or two now, so I am looking for some insight. I am taking over admin duties in a domain of 800 users, and the previous admins really did not employ much of ...
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Are “private” folders possible with folder redirection and offline files synchronization?

I'm considering using offline folder synchronization with folder redirection using Server 2008 + Windows XP & Vista clients. Currently I'm not using redirection at all. Every user has a personal ...
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When does the “Move the contents of [FolderName] to the new location.” option in a Folder Redirection GPO take effect?

Does the "Move the contents of [FolderName] to the new location." option only apply to files found in the users profile, or does it also apply when changing the destination of the redirection to a new ...
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How to move Redirected Folders with Offline Files from UNC to DFS share

We want to move to a new file server. We are using Folder Redirection and Offline Files. I figured it would be best if we moved from a straight UNC path to a DFS name path as we have multiple file ...
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Is Background Intelligent Transfer Service responsible for Client Side Caching in Windows 7?

I'm reading documentation about Configuring Offline Files and it keeps mentioning a background sync service, but doesn't tell you what it is called!!! Is the service called Background Intelligent ...
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Strange Folder Redirection

I've recently inherited a client who has a folder redirection policy GPO and home paths specified through user attributes in AD. Now the strange thing is, I have literally no idea how it is working. ...
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Moving Folder Redirection Policy to another policy object

This is on Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 on the workstations. Let's say I have Documents folder redirection set on GPO1. But, I would like to move that policy to a new GPO2. The target folders on ...
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Users unable to search redirected profile folders

All of our clients are using Windows 7. Our file server is Server 2008 R2. We have redirected users' profile folders (My Documents, My Pictures, Favorites, My Videos) to a share on the file server ...
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After enabling folder redirection, office locks up autosaving

After distributing folder redirection through group policy to about 10 desktops, users are complaining that Office, specifically Word, is locking up when AutoSaving their documents. I believe this is ...
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Folder Redirection - Explorer requires manual refresh

When a user's My Documents folder is redirected to a DFS share, Windows Explorer requires a manual refresh after creating a new folder, file, etc. Interestingly, the manual refresh is not necessary ...
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Folder Redirection using Windows 7 Client and Windows Server 2003 DC

Situation Trying to introduce Windows 7 Clients into my Server 2003 environment. Having problems with Folder Redirection via GPO. I created a Test OU which contains Two Computer accounts. One ...
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Putting a shortcut on the desktop of all the people in a particular OU?

At work we have all the user desktops redirected to a server. Within a all the users in an OU I need to put the same shortcut on all of their desktops. Is there an easier way to do this than just ...
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Can I make windows treat Shortcuts to Folders the same it would a Folder?

I'm moving some folders to an external storage drive and replacing them with a Shortcut, however the shortcut is listed in with the Files, not the Folders. It also doesn't show up in the folder Tree ...
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GPO or logon scripts to remove access to public “libraries” folders

I have two Windows 2012 R2 Domain Controllers and will be implementing 7 Windows 2008 R2 remote desktop servers once their setup and testing is complete (I have one built now that is my test server). ...
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Folder redirection: why domain administrator can't access folder?

I setup-ped folder redirection in a windows server 2008 environment. The problem is that Domain Admins can't access 'My Documents' user folder, so i can't also backup folder. How is possible ? Is ...
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Recycle Bin on Server 2008 Redirected Folders no longer works

A user reported yesterday that the Recycle Bin function on his XP workstation had stopped working. I determined that the scope was a bit smaller than that. When he deleted a file from any of the ...
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Login for users with no folder redirection is virtually instantaneous, but login for users *with* folder redirection takes around 45 seconds

I have just configured a Windows 7 laptop for use on a SBS 2003 domain. Everything works perfectly, except users with folder redirection have to wait approximately 45 seconds before they see their ...