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 to enable network storage for the redirected profiles. In my testing so far, everything is working correctly with my file and folder redirection setup.

What I would like to be able to do is copy down all of the contents from the network redirected shares back to the local computer for a given user, is this possible? Or is it a one way street? I have followed the steps from numerous guides to reverse the file and folder redirection process but I am still unable to get this to work.

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Here is an example of what the File and Folder Group Policy looks like. As I said this is working correctly.

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I have set up a new policy which I am applying to the given OU to apply the local profile and folder redirection back to the PC. Here is what it looks like.

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I'm getting the impression that this will help by pointing all the file and folder locations but I still have to manually copy the files housed on the network share back to the computer. Can somebody confirm? Is there a way to automatically get the copy working?

  • You have to REMOVE the policy in order to restore the files to their original location. That's why it's called "Policy Removal Behavior". – joeqwerty Dec 13 '13 at 16:32
  • Yes I have tried this and it doesn't seem to have an effect. I am going to build out some more test users and see if I can get the intended effect. – jmreicha Dec 13 '13 at 16:43
  • I think I know part of the problem. It looks like my permissions on the file share are all jacked up, I will fix them and then update. – jmreicha Dec 13 '13 at 17:21

I would check your permissions against the process listed in this post. The post is outdated but as far as I know setup is the same on Server 2008 R2. I have this configured on my Windows boxes and when I remove the GPO data is automatically directed back to the local machine. Since the GPO settings are all correct my money is on permissions. I would also check the event viewer on the server and the client. I would imaging an error occurred at some point that should shed some light on where the issue is located.

Automatic creation of user folders for home, roaming profile and redirected folders | Microsoft Technet

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  • You are right on the money. It was a permissions thing. – jmreicha Dec 20 '13 at 19:21

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