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At the most basic level, A user profile is entirety of the files and directories that contain the user-specific data (a very basic way to look at it is the profile is anything and everything contained within the c:\users\username directory). A straight roaming profiles implementation will COPY the entire user profile to a system on logon and copy the ...


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Q: is there another way to do this? A: Do yourself a favor and backup his old data and then delete his profile and redirected folders. Then allow Windows to create his user profile and redirected folders on first login. Then restore the data to the new redirected folders. Currently you're dealing with two different security entities (SID's) even though the ...


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They are not mutually exclusive, you can use one, the other, or both. Although it can be advantageous, in certain configurations, to use both in tandem. A Roaming Profile refers to storing the user's profile in a networked location which will roam with their logon sessions of different computers. Folder Redirection is simply the redirection of specific ...


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Check the affected profile directories for a hidden desktop.ini file.. This file can alter the display name and other directory display attributes. Deleting the desktop.ini file should restore the directory's display to "normal". On XP, the PersonalizedName in the [CopyOnDelete] section: [DeleteOnCopy] Owner=jscott Personalized=5 PersonalizedName=My ...


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You can use them together. With roaming profiles, Windows clients download the whole profile to disk and use it from there, on logout they upload it to the server. Folder redirection redirects parts of user profile to network folders. The difference is: roaming profile will make log in and log out slower while folder redirection will make access to files ...


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In Windows Vista and 7 you can use NTFS symbolic link. Wikipedia states that "the NTFS symbolic link implementation provides full support for cross-filesystem links." If you're not comfortable using the command line program mklink, you can use Link Shell Extension. After downloading and installing the software, follow the step-by-step guide in "Using Link ...


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The folder redirection GPO settings include an option to remove the redirection or not when the group policy setting no longer applies. By default, this setting is set to leave the redirection in place after the GPO is removed. So that's probably what happened here. You removed the GPO, but it was set to keep the redirection in place anyway. You'll need ...


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You can do this one of two ways. The way that I would recommend is as follows: Create a DFS namespace for your shares, something like \\domain\users should do. Add both servers to this DFS root. Check the box so that clients prefer (or are required) to use a server located in their AD site. Yes, it's smart enough to determine this using subnets defined ...


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Data doesn't roam with Folder Redirection. Data is redirected with Folder Redirection. A roaming profile roams with the user, meaning that the data in the user profile "roams" to whatever computer the user logs on to. Folder Redirection data doesn't roam at all. It's location is static, but it's redirected from the standard location (the local hard drive) to ...


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You should use Group Policy Preferences shortcut settings for this.


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I believe that you'll witness this behavior on all non-local, non-spinning storage (eg network mounts and flash drives - though it may be true across all USB-mounted media as well). The Recycle Bin is really a local alias to a directory that holds files before being fully deleted. Windows does not setup a RECYCLER alias on non-local media (ie, not the ...


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No it's not a good idea. Microsoft's recommendation is to not enable offline files for roaming profiles.


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Don't enable the option that grants the user exclusive rights to the folder. We don't enable this on ANY of the redirects (that includes application data - makes it much easier to do stuff like generating signatures). Image for reference:


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The folder was copied on 18.01.2013 (1/18/13) from one that was last modified 14.07.2009 (7/14/09).


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Though I think you are asking for pain in your request, the solution is relatively simple. Simply update the policy to redirect to the local profile, and choose the option that migrates files. You could create a new policy that does the local redirection, set it to have a higher precedence, and apply it to some test users to be safe.


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You could put up a machine in each site that answers for \\[crappy-old-server]\users as a standalone DFS root with users being a DFS link to the new \\[not-crappy-DFS-root]\[sitename]\users folder. You may be able to use the server you're deploying in each site using OptionalNames, assuming that you don't already have a share named users.


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It's stored in the client computer's registry. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/242557


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I am inclined to think "These items are not found in the folder the start menu is redirected to" is the problem, and that it's actually being redirected somewhere else. Are your user accounts so locked down that you can't right click on start menu items and then look at the properties to see where they are located? Can you turn that setting off for a test? ...


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I just mocked this up with a Windows 7 SP1 client to make sure my "gut" feeling was correct, and it was. My settings were: My Documents Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same location Redirect to the following location \\SERVER\Users\%username%\Documents Grant the user exclusive rights to My Documents - Unticked Move the contents of My Documents to ...


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You could probably apply a WMI filter (spit) to your Folder Redirection GPO. The following link describes a WMI query that determines if a computer is a laptop or not: http://blogs.technet.com/heyscriptingguy/archive/2004/09/21/how-can-i-determine-if-a-computer-is-a-laptop-or-a-desktop-machine.aspx. This is a computer property but one good thing about WMI ...


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I don't allow Windows clients to create their redirected folders. Frankly, it seems like a potential DoS attack to me to have a world-writeable folder on a server computer where any user account can create sub-folders. (The whole notion of the client creating important folders like this seems brain-damaged to me-- as does the default behavior of breaking the ...


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Try turning on Folder Redirection logging and then check the log file for clues. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc759194(WS.10).aspx


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First, I would like to thank all who posted. I used all the tools you've mentioned to narrow down the problem. It seems like the GPO I posted was the correct configuration after all. All I did was change the order of my GPO's. I moved the Folder Redirection GPO to the top and the Default Domain Policy GPO to the bottom. I guess there is ...


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If I read that right, replace $2 in the first two rules with $1. Explanation: You've only one set of brackets in the match, so the backreference $2 is undefined (and will expand to an empty string, hence the 404), whereas $1 will contain the text matched by (.*)


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I would think that mapping the redirected folders to DFS would be the better way to go. I might also suggest configuring Offline Files for the redirected folders as well.


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First of all you need to understand that DFS really comprises two technologies: DFS namespaces (DFS-N) and DFS replication (DFS-R). The former creates a logical namespace that can be used to hide individual file server names while the latter bidirectionally replicates data between two replication partners. DFS-N is a good thing and should be used ...


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Just remember to administer GPOs from the same level OS level as the clients you're targeting. If you don't have a Win2008R2 server, just install the admin tools onto your Win7 and you'll have access to everything you need. Be sure to check out GPO on technet, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/grouppolicy/default.aspx, there are some guides ...


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Check the resultant set of policy mmc snapin on the misbehaving systems. It is possible an other policy is overriding your new settings. Verify that the group policy is actually bound to the OUs that the troubled workstations reside in.


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Just guessing here but it appears that Windows thinks your server is part of the "Internet Zone", try adding the server or FQDN to your "Intranet Zone" and see if that works. If so you can publish the zone settings via GPO to all of your clients. Again, I've never seen this before, but the bottom part of the error has me leaning towards site to zone ...


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I've stayed away from using redirected folders and roaming profiles. From my experience they've caused more headaches than they have solved, especially when you add laptops into the mix. Large profiles tend to cause a lot of extra network traffic, especially if you ever have remote sites with VPNs setup - pulling people's profiles over the VPN is ...



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