I am seeing something unusual that has to do with Windows 7 roaming profiles in conjunction with folder redirection. Roaming profiles are enabled on a Windows 7 machine via group policy, and the users Desktop/Documents/etc folders are redirected.
The problem is for some reason multiple instances of the Desktop/Documents folder appear when a users browses with Windows explorer to their home folder. For example we can see a Desktop that is part of the users profile
\users\username\Desktop and a Desktop folder that belongs to the redirected folder
This behavior results in some users storing files in the roaming profile version of the Desktop and Documents folders resulting in very long login/logoff times while the files are transfered to/from the server.
This is for a computer lab, so using roaming profiles is absolutely required.
We have tried manually deleting all the Desktop/Documents folders that are part of the users profile but they seem to come back. We are thinking about setting up a scheduled task to automatically delete these folders, but surely there is a better way?
The domain controllers and file servers are all Windows 2008R2.
A typical user folder on the server looks like this.
\SHARE\USERS\%USERNAME% - *Desktop (redirected) *Documents (redirected) Music (redirected - follow desktop) Pictures (redirected - follow desktop) Games (redirected - follow desktop) Videos (redirected - follow desktop) - *Downloads (redirected) - *Favorites (redirected) - *Links (redirected) - *AppData (redirected) - RoamingProfile.V2 (roaming profile)
So what is needed to get redirection and profiles to work properly and not have Windows somehow generate the Desktop/Documents/etc folders in the roaming profile? How do you handle this? Is there some obvious fix we are missing?