I’m looking for help with modifying Group Policy settings to control mapping of My Documents for users in a specific OU.
I’m working with a network of 2008 R2 domain controller and Windows XP & 7 clients. There is already a policy in place applying to all users that maps the My Documents to a network drive, and it has been working for several years. It is set to not allow manual changes.
The problem is we now have some users on remote sites connected via satellites. The high latency combined with My Documents mapped to the network location is causing the machines to be unusable due to delays, and it is causing us to go over our data caps.
I’ve tried putting these users in their own OU (sub-branch of where they were) with a copy of the policy modified to point My Documents to a path C:\LocalData. I’ve done a gpupdate force with a reboot. It appeared the policies were updated during reboot, but the new drive mapping policies did not take effect.
The only thing I can think of that could be causing this not to work, is I’m trying this with a computer that is not directly connected to the network, but using a vpn connection. So when rebooting, it does not have access to the domain controller. Shouldn’t this work anyway?
I'm using a Windows 7 client. For the policy I'm writing is:
User Configuration/Policies/Windows Settings/Folder Redirection/Documents
and I'm setting it to C:\LocalData\%USERNAME%\My Documents
Any suggestions on why this isn’t working, or on different way to accomplish this?