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 creates several files.

Then I change the GPO to point to \\newserver\username\My Documents

The next time the user logs in, the contents of his documents folder are moved from \\oldserver\username\My Documents to \\newserver\username\My Documents.

I’ve looked at the GPO object in SYSVOL, and it only contains the currently set location.

How did the computer remember the old location to move the files from?


It's stored in the client computer's registry.


  • That’s what I suspected. Does this mean that I will need to move files manually from old location to new location when mandatory profiles are in use? – Corey Oct 17 '13 at 17:08
  • That's actually a very good question that I do not know the answer to. – MDMarra Oct 17 '13 at 19:17

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