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    Home directory redirection failing, but Windows thinks its succeeding?

    We have a bit of an odd issue with our pupil home drives since moving to Windows 7.

    Basically, the home directory redirection policy isn't working properly.

    What we're seeing is an event 501 in the event log on the client machines saying the usual:

    Successfully applied policy and redirected folder "Documents" to "\\storage\pupils$\13\testy5\documents\". Redirection options=0x9000.
    Yet, if I go to the Documents library, it isn't linked. It still points at C:\Users\testy5\Documents.

    Has anyone else seen this?
    Last edited by localzuk; 22nd October 2013 at 09:08 AM.

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    How are you redirecting your users home directory in the GPO, and how have you defined it in each user's AD properties?

    For me, I have selected the option Redirect to the user's home directory in GPO and in AD I have each user mapped with the H: drive and the location of their user area.

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    Same way as you have there. They have a home directory defined - W: which points to their home directory (eg. the path in the success message). The GPO redirects everyone's folder to the same location - the home directory.

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    Ah, I think I might know what it is.

    Try running this:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{2112AB0A-C86A-4ffe-A368-0DE96E47012E}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{2112AB0A-C86A-4ffe-A368-0DE96E47012E}\PropertyBag]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{491E922F-5643-4af4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{491E922F-5643-4af4-A7EB-4E7A138D8174}\PropertyBag]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7b0db17d-9cd2-4a93-9733-46cc89022e7c}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{7b0db17d-9cd2-4a93-9733-46cc89022e7c}\PropertyBag]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A302545D-DEFF-464b-ABE8-61C8648D939B}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A302545D-DEFF-464b-ABE8-61C8648D939B}\PropertyBag]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A990AE9F-A03B-4e80-94BC-9912D7504104}]
    
    [-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FolderDescriptions\{A990AE9F-A03B-4e80-94BC-9912D7504104}\PropertyBag]

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    No difference with that.

    If I look in the user's account on the machine, the Documents library points to 2 locations - C:\Users\Administrator\Documents and Public documents (the shared one built into Windows 7).

    So, it isn't even linking the c:\ location to the individual user!

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    mandatory profile? You can try removing the .library-ms files from AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries.

    You can also use something like slutil to set library paths on login, folder redirection doesn't seem to have a mechanism for updating the libraries when folders are redirected.

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    Yeah, mandatory profile. I'll give those ideas a go!

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    Well, slutil.exe (great name! Took me ages to actually download the flipping thing, due to filters!) works! Got the documents drive appearing in the library.

    Now just to figure out how to remove the C:\users\public bit.

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    You can delete and recreate to remove public. What I use with it

    SLUtil Delete Documents
    SLUtil Delete Pictures
    SLUtil Delete Music
    SLUtil Delete Videos

    SLUtil Create Documents
    SLUtil AddFolder Documents "%HomeShare%\Documents"
    SLUtil SaveFolder Documents "%HomeShare%\Documents"
    SLUtil NavPanePinnedState Documents TRUE
    SLUtil FolderType Documents Documents
    SLUtil Icon Documents imageres.dll,-112

    SLUtil Create Pictures
    SLUtil AddFolder Pictures "%HomeShare%\Pictures"
    SLUtil SaveFolder Pictures "%HomeShare%\Pictures"
    SLUtil NavPanePinnedState Pictures TRUE
    SLUtil FolderType Pictures Pictures
    SLUtil Icon Pictures imageres.dll,-113

    SLUtil Create Music
    SLUtil AddFolder Music "%HomeShare%\Music"
    SLUtil SaveFolder Music "%HomeShare%\Music"
    SLUtil NavPanePinnedState Music TRUE
    SLUtil FolderType Music Music
    SLUtil Icon Music imageres.dll,-108

    SLUtil Create Videos
    SLUtil AddFolder Videos "%HomeShare%\Videos"
    SLUtil SaveFolder Videos "%HomeShare%\Videos"
    SLUtil NavPanePinnedState Videos TRUE
    SLUtil FolderType Videos Videos
    SLUtil Icon Videos imageres.dll,-189

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