Windows 7 Thread, Redirection is... in Technical; the baine of my life!
Has any one got any tips? I've tried all sorts of different combinations of gpo's/scripts/reg ...
5th August 2010, 04:43 PM #1
the baine of my life!
Has any one got any tips? I've tried all sorts of different combinations of gpo's/scripts/reg keys all sorts and I cant seem to get the blooming folders to redirect!
Thought i was on the ball earlier using %HOMESHARE% in the GPO but that doesnt work either!
Any help greatly appreciated
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5th August 2010, 04:57 PM #2
What exactly are you trying to do? Folder redirection of documents is done through GPO in User Configuration, Policies, Windows Settings, Folder Redirection. Right click on the folder you want to redirect and set the path. Make sure the policy is applying to the user you are redirecting, not the machine.
5th August 2010, 06:17 PM #3
Im trying to redirect the Documents folder to say \\server\Staffhome\%username% but that doesnt work so i tried %HOMEPATH% and %HOMESHARE% and neither works. Policy is deffinatly to the user and not the machine.
Even tried editing the registry with a UNC and that doesnt work either...well kinda does but you have to set the reg then logoff and on to get it to apply! GAH!
5th August 2010, 06:35 PM #4
As I recall, folder redirection can be really fussy about the permissions on the redirected folder. Do the folders you are redirecting to already exist? Ie does the \\server\staffhome\%username% folder exist, or are you trying to create it when the folder is redirected? If so, you'll need to ensure that users have at least the Create Folders/Write Data permission on the parent folder \\server\staffhome. If the %username% folder does already exist, I seem to recall that the user needs to have at least modify permissions on that folder and also, needs to be the OWNER. In other words, if Administrator is the owner and not the user, then it won't work.
What I would recommend is to have a look at the policy settings and try removing the "Move contents of Documents to the new location" and "Grant the user exclusive rights to Documents" options. That's how we have ours set and we don't have any problems. Also, the group policy client will usually log any errors that arise with folder redirection, so look in the Application Event Log on the workstation and see what it's reporting. My guess is you're getting an access denied somewhere.
5th August 2010, 06:39 PM #5
%HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% for \\Server\Share\Username
%HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH%Documents for \\Server\Share\Username\Documents
Turn off grant exclusive use.
Thanks to DMcCoy from:
DriftGrant (6th August 2010)
5th August 2010, 06:44 PM #6
I've found that 'EVERYONE' needs atleast read access to the any folder between the share and %username%.
So in \\server\staffhome\%username% - everyone needs read access to the 'staffhome' folder and in \\server\pupilshome\year7\%username% - everyone needs read access to the 'pupilshome' and 'year 7' folders. Of course you need to apply this to 'this folder only' as you don't want to everyone to inherit read access to everyone elses home folder, if that makes any sense.
For some reason Windows XP seems happy mounting the home folder without any read access to the folders above, but I've found Window 7 to be a bit more fussy.
5th August 2010, 06:49 PM #7
Interesting to know as that is how I have always had it set up with the more restrictive permissions.
Originally Posted by tmcd35
5th August 2010, 06:53 PM #8
Doing so without read on XP is usually the culprit for the "denied by administrator etc" message when saving in office apps it traverses to the users home folder from the root of the unc path.
Originally Posted by tmcd35
5th August 2010, 07:01 PM #9
I've always seen it without read access from root under XP and have never seen that message. But then we've always used mapped drives so I guess Office is using the drive mapping rather than the UNC path?
Originally Posted by DMcCoy
We only started getting problems when we installed our first Win 7 suite. I assume Win 7 does the initial drive mapping as the user and so cannot traverse down to the home folder, were XP must be doing it as SYSTEM and so can traverse down. Just come guesses based on what I've seen.
5th August 2010, 07:39 PM #10
Depends on the application, some with start at the homedrive. Do you redirect my documents to a UNC path or drive letter? Office likes to get to My Docs via the unc (at least thats how it seems to work). System has no network access so drives are mapped in the current user context.
6th August 2010, 08:57 AM #11
I take it I can redirect the desktop by using %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH%Desktop ?
Originally Posted by DMcCoy
I'll try this out later on!
6th August 2010, 11:13 AM #12
Still not sure which 'Target folder location' to use... redirect to users home dir? create a folder for each user under the root path? redirect to the following location (using %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH% just sets it to redirect to home dir =S
6th August 2010, 11:44 AM #13
My users have no access to the root of the share only thier own folder and my redirection (via GP) seems to work fine.
6th August 2010, 11:49 AM #14
Have you run a resultent set of policy emulation thingy (can't remember the exat term) using Group Policy mangement console. It will run through all the GPO's and emulate it being applied to a workstation, then provide you with a comprehensive report of what is and isn't working, e.g where settings are being over ridden by other settings elsewhere in the policy etc. Invaluable tool for solving any problems like this as it should also tell you if folder redirection was successful or not.
6th August 2010, 12:05 PM #15
As long as this is set correctly in AD for the users then redirect to users home dir should be fine.
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