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    Folder Redirection not working in Windows 7... profile related?

    Hi all,

    Not sure if anywhere can help. I am testing Windows 7.0. We currently use desktop and start menu redirection with XP which works perfectly but it's not working in Windows 7.0.

    I have a feeling it could be something to do with the profile. Just to get started, I originally tried copying the default user profile to out netlogon folder and called it default user.v2. If I log on as a student, the desktop redirection worked but the start menu didn't. I was going to persist but the problem with this profile was that every time I launched any Office product I got various error messages, missing acl, global template, encoding errors, etc. the profile wasn't mandatory (for testing purposes) and I tried giving the user local admin rights to eleminate a permissions problem with no success.

    I tried created a new user and subsequently this made a new profile. I logged on as this user and launched Word and entered the user details, etc. Followed the same copy profile procedure and when I logged on as a student using this profile, Office worked fine but this time I got no redirection.

    2 questions: -

    1.) Why is the folder redirection not working? Do I need to install some adm templates to make GPMC aware of Windows 7.0?

    2.) Is this the correct way for making a base profile for students?

    I have Server 2008 on a DC with GPMC working fine and showing the latest Folder Redirection options (app data, favourites, etc) I also have other servers running a mixture of Server 2003 and Server 2003 R2.

    Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks very much.

    Gary

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    Make sure Force classic Start Menu, Remove All Programs list from the Start menu ,Remove common program groups from Start Menu are all set to disabled, not configured didn't seem to suffice for us.

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I tried those suggestions, did a gpupdate /force and rebooted the client machine running Windows 7.0 but still no joy.

    How did you create your base profile?

    Thanks again.

    Gary

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    are you using mandatory profiles? because I found that mandatory profiles and desktop redirection dont work well together, turn one of them off, and you will find that you will alot more success. However I have someone coming in to double check my Mandatory profile for me to make sure I set it up correctly etc.

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    Hi,

    Thanks for your post.

    We have always used mandatory profiles for students, however, for testing I have not made it mandatory and it still isn't redireting the folders. It's weird that if you let it create a new profile, the desktop redirection will work but not the start menu. There does seem to be issues with the correct way to create a profile in Windows 7, especially one which has been customised.

    Any other suggestions gratefully received.

    Cheers

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    has there been a fix/solution for this?

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    Hi,

    Yes, I eventually got it working with our mandatory profile. For us, it turned out to be just one setting preventing the Start Menu from redirecting : -

    User Config\Admin Templates\Start Menu & Taskbar

    "Remove User's folders from the Start Menu"

    Hope this helps.

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnoco View Post
    Hi,

    User Config\Admin Templates\Start Menu & Taskbar

    "Remove User's folders from the Start Menu"

    Hope this helps.

    Gary
    Is this for the server-side GPO or the local WIN 7 GPO?
    Also Has anyone had this working with Server 03?

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    We are using Server 2003 and just managing from a W7 machine with the policies copied to the central GPO store.

    This was changing on the server side GPO, i.e global change to everyone.

    Hope this helps.

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    It sounds like Ronnoco's using RSAT. This allows you to control 7 GPOs from a 7 workstation. 2003 Server can process 7 GPOs, you just cannot create or change them directly on 2003 Server.

    You can of course create or change 7 GPOs on Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2 (even better) and use RSAT on a 7 workstation. The best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronnoco View Post
    We are using Server 2003 and just managing from a W7 machine with the policies copied to the central GPO store.

    This was changing on the server side GPO, i.e global change to everyone.

    Hope this helps.
    That may be where I am confused. If you dont mine I will explain what I have done. Please let me know if I am missing something.

    I created a user in test user in AD on the 03 Server. "win7user"
    I created a test group "win7group"
    I created a Test Gpo titled "folderredirection" it's only goal is to redirect folders. I redirected the menu to
    \\server\subfolder\start$\
    within start$ there is a programs folder
    My test group(test user is in that group) has full permission for these folders.

    Thats what I started with. I have gone into both 03 server and created local GPO on Win 7 using MMC that disables both "Remove Users folders from the Start Menu." and "Force classic start menu"

    What else do I need to do. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    It sounds like Ronnoco's using RSAT. This allows you to control 7 GPOs from a 7 workstation. 2003 Server can process 7 GPOs, you just cannot create or change them directly on 2003 Server.

    You can of course create or change 7 GPOs on Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2 (even better) and use RSAT on a 7 workstation. The best of both worlds.
    I havent touched RSAt. Lol, Maybe that's my issue. Could you give me a few more details about how to utilize RSAT to accomplish the start menu redirection?

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    With regards to your Folder Redirection issue, have a look at the permissions I use here. These have been tried and tested at multiple sites.

    For RSAT, join a Windows 7 SP1 workstation to your domain.

    Download RSAT either x86 or x64.

    Install RSAT, then navigate to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off

    Scroll down to Remote Server Administration Tools and expand it.

    Expand Feature Administration Tools and put a tick next to Group Policy Management Tools

    Expand Role Administration Tools and put a tick next to DHCP Server Tools and DNS Server Tools

    Expand AD DS and AD LDS Tools > AD DS Tools and put a tick next to Active Directory Administrative Center. You'll find other items become ticked too, this is normal.

    Now click OK and wait for the features to be installed.

    Click on Start > Administrative Tools and all the tools you select should be there. Hope this helps

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    I will try this and get back to you. Thanks

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    I installed the RSAT and checked the GPO, It is set up like it should be.
    I did a gpupdate/ force
    Logged in as the test user, still no redirected start menu.
    By looking at my earlier post is there anything you see that I am missing?



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