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    Hello All,

    I was wondering if anyone has had problems with home shares being deleted upon first login to Windows 7?

    We have had to restore allot of students personal shares from backup, and the only common factor we could find is that they have all logged onto a new Windows 7 suite (rest of the network is still in the dark ages, running XP). This isn't all students, just about 20 of them so far.

    Google searches have so far been unsuccessful in finding an answer.

    I couldn't find anything glaringly obvious in group policy, Domain functional level is 2003 (although we have one 2k8r2 DC) if that makes a difference.

    I wondered if it was anything to do with Library settings??? can't see how though.

    I know it hasn't happened to every user, as there are also about 30 shares that now display as "Documents". I know that that is to do with the desktop.ini file, but I can't believe that the best solution from MS is to go through and disable read permissions for administrators.


    Any help or info would be gratefully received.

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    We had something similar in that on the Win 7 machines the pupils were not being redirected to their home shares. In the end, we deleted the profiles (both Win 7 and XP) and allowed them to recreate - logging on to a Win 7 machine first.
    This seems to have solved the problem in that I havent had the same pupil come back but every few days there are another couple to sort out.

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    Witch.. Thanks for your reply. Is that with roaming profiles? or just mapping a home drive?

    mine are being deleted off the server, after redirecting correctly.

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    There is a big post on this here : -

    Windows 7 is deleting users home directories

    We have installed Win 7 on 10 machines in 1 of our labs and haven't had user areas deleted but it has renamed user areas to 'Documents' The fix I used was to give Administrator 'deny' on read permission of the desktop.ini file. Deleting the file also fixes the problem (but I wasn't too keen on doing that!)

    Out of interest, are your user areas located on a server running 2008? We only have around 80 user areas on a server 2008 machine (creative and media diploma students) the rest are on a server 2003 R2 and these have had no issues in 2 weeks. For us, the link seems to be 2008.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benobaggins40 View Post
    Witch.. Thanks for your reply. Is that with roaming profiles? or just mapping a home drive?

    mine are being deleted off the server, after redirecting correctly.
    Roaming profiles. Entirely on Server2008R2. I wonder what causes it?

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