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    Windows 7 renamed our user network folders to my documents

    Hi! I`m having a problem with Windows 7 recently deployed in our network.
    When user log into windows 7 machines their network home folder gets renamed to My Documents. But when I run dir command via command prompt it shows all folders with proper user names. Please see attached screen shots.
    Is there anything I could do to prevent it from happening and get proper folder names back??
    Thank you for help in advance.homes.JPGhomes.JPG

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    Its the desktop.ini file in the users folder that does this.

    You could either bulk delete them or replace them all with a read only / permission fixed version - I've not tried either option yet so test and backup before you try this.

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    or just type the username of the folder and leave it as it is (i do this)

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    One thing M$ recommend is adding a My Documents folder inside you Home Directories and redirecting to these instead of the root directories.

    For example if a user has a directory of

    Wickedgenius

    It will show as

    My Documents

    So make the folders like this

    Wickedgenius\My Documents

    and then aim AD at the My Documents folder, therefore it won't change it and you can still see which is which. There may be other things to do before you try and do this though. We haven't yet implemented it because of the time it will take to move everything around but I vaguely remember something about the desktop.ini file needing removing or something like that but can't be sure what it was now. I will try to find out where we got this info and post a link for you tomorrow.


    See here as well: Windows 7 Gotchas/Tips/FYI
    Last edited by Wickedgenius; 9th September 2010 at 08:21 PM.

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    The above is a bit tricky when you have mixed Xp and Win7/Vista with accounts allready setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by burgemaster View Post
    The above is a bit tricky when you have mixed Xp and Win7/Vista with accounts allready setup.
    That is our main reasoning behind not doing it yet, it would require us to change every profile and then delete the profiles from the machines so that the users could log in and then have them still work. When you have a number of machines it's not easy. Just installed a new version of the anti-virus in the last two weeks of the summer and it was horribly boring and we got little else done for 1 of the weeks, the other week was spent putting Windows 7 in a few of out Suites.

    I see it being a problem soon though when Teachers want to start accessing Students work

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    replace them all with a read only / permission fixed version
    I blocked them using the file type blocking thing on 2003 R2 and up, you can block all "desktop.ini" from being created.

    I disabled it tho recently when I was trying to work out the cause of our slow windows 7 logon issues and I've not turned it back on since, so YMMV

    Failing that, I've read on here that you can use Group policy preferences to make Windows delete it straight away after logon.

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    It is pretty annoying. I don't mind getting around it by typing the username in the path bar, but teachers are used to having read access to students directories for marking etc - they are obviously a bit puzzled when they now see hundreds of my documents.

    Think we're just going to move all the My Docs into another folder with username on it during half term

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    Hi guys!
    Thanks for the prompt replies. I`m still looking into it as we have 1000+ users and renaming/ deleting ini`s it`s not really not an option.
    I have tried:

    ----------------------------------------------------------
    Grant the user exclusive rights to the redirected folder. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Log on to the computer by using domain administrator credentials.
    2. In the Start Search box, type gpmc.msc, right-click gpmc.msc, and then click Run as administrator.

    Note If you are prompted for an administrator password, type the password. If you are prompted for confirmation, provide confirmation.
    3. Right-click the Group Policy Objects node, and then click New. Type the name of the policy. For example, in the New GPO dialog box, type Windows Vista Folder Redirection Policy.
    4. Right-click the Group Policy object that you created in step 3, and then click Edit.
    5. Under User Configuration, expand Windows Settings, and then expand Folder Redirection.
    6. Right-click the Documents folder, and then click Properties.
    7. On the Target tab, configure the following:
    * In the Setting box, click Basic—redirect everyone’s folder to the same location.
    * In the Target Folder Location box, click Create a folder for each user under the root path.
    * In the Root Path box, type the UNC file path to which you want to redirect the Documents folder.
    8. In the Documents Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab, and then configure the following:
    * Click to select the Grant the user exclusive rights to Documents check box.
    * Click to select the Move the contents of Documents to the new location check box.
    9. Click OK.
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    Still trying to figure it out..

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    How to delete the ini file with gpo

    I have setup a gpo to delete the desktop ini file, but it errors.
    It cannot delete because it does not have permission.

    Any ideas on how to get the gpo to delete it correctly.
    alan.

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    I just put the following command line into a batch file and attached it to a user logon policy at the top level of our domain to fix this problem:

    del %HOMESHARE%%\desktop.ini /A

    This should delete the desktop.ini file for you and make the folders readable again once they logon (and the script runs automatically). However, you should test it first to make sure it works alright in your environment.

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    Thanks

    Many thanks for this, I'll let you know how i get on.

    alan.

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    Show the 'Filename' attribute in the folder - that will add a new list field which shows the correct name of the student.

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    Explicitly Disabling this settings in GP worked for me, can only be found on a 2008R2 machine though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder View Post
    It is pretty annoying. I don't mind getting around it by typing the username in the path bar, but teachers are used to having read access to students directories for marking etc - they are obviously a bit puzzled when they now see hundreds of my documents.

    Think we're just going to move all the My Docs into another folder with username on it during half term
    I created a little database that opens the students home folder for the teachers. All they do is put the name in. It took a while to do but as I had excel spreadsheets with all usernames generated on it anyway it's been a useful tools for me too. Added a section so I can get passwords as well as we set them in year 7 for the whole time a student is with us.



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