Thanks for all of the help guys. Sorry it took me so long to get back here with a little update. Problem didn't seem to go away on our laptops, so we are reverting back to XP on those. However, we are still going to keep one of our Labs on Windows 7 as our Chinese Language software requires Windows 7. Hopefully, will be able to figure out the problem a little quicker with it only in one lab.
We have had a fairly similar issue where certain things are not redirected (we don't use roaming profiles though) and the issue is only with people with redirections to a server running 2008 R2.
Microsoft's fix worked for a while but it came back again. Rebooting the server fixes it every time. We are still investigating!
I will include the link to the technet post below. Can't do it in this thread due to it being my first post!
Does anyone know if SP1 has fixed this?
I had 5 different machines today with students having issues such as no documents, no start menu and no redirected desktop. After countless restarts and log ons, profile reset etc. we used the tip from Killer_bot.
Logon as an administrative user of the machine. Search for Sync Centre and choose Offline files. Within the new window, choose disable offline files. The machine will then ask for a restart which you will need to carry out. Once restarted, all will be fine!!!!
Im not going to say that all of the previous suggestions are wrong, but unless the most basic requirements are met these things will keep coming back to bite you in the backside!
If you are using AD integrated DNS and have a Reverse Lookup Zone YOU MUST CHECK IT FOR POLLUTION!
Many of these problems - especially those that are miraculously cured by moving a user to a different PC are caused by incorrect Rdns table entries.
Group Policies will fail if there are duplicate mappings in Rdns - check the Reverse Zones delete duplicate entries, clear caches and re-register the troublesome PC - ipconfig /registerdns
Check the basics first...
Not sure if it's fixed the issue that you're describing here and it's very rarely we see this reported as most students don't notice or report it but I'll report back if I get a general feel that it has
Another possibility is the following: I believe that students either accidentally click "Work Offline" from their My Documents, or the PC goes offline, making their My Documents offline automatically. This has the effect of making the entire shared folder, eg \\<Servername>\2009\ offline, and it doesn't automatically come online once the connection is re-established. Therefore when another student of the same year group (Or has their My Documents in \\<Servername>\2009) tries to use the PC, the connection fails as the PC still sees that folder as offline. Once logged in as a student of that year group, and click "Work Online" from their My Documents, the problem is solved. I'm looking at a centralised fix, preferable through group policy.
I'm aware this thread is a bit dead, but thought this info might help someone struggling with this issues as it's had me perplexed since I installed Windows 7 across the school!
Hotfix to solve this:
The Folder Redirection policy does not work if a previous user sets a redirected folder to an offline mode in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2
I haven't had any reported issues since installing this
simpsonj (12th June 2012)
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