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    Folder Redirection - point of despair :( :( [PICS]

    Hi folks, thanks for dropping in.

    I'm really really at the end of my tether. Doesn't get much worse than 1pm on a Sunday, when it's the only time you can get some peace, and an issue of WEEKS that have been HORRIBLE still just won't go right. I have been SCREAMING at the monitor for an hour now.

    Ok, folder redirection. Long and the short of it is that Documents redirects alright, or at least seems to, but nothing else will. To start with, we're on Windows 7 clients, Linux file servers (OH DEAR GOD HOW I HATE YOU LINUX!!!) server 2k8r2 domain with AD/DNS/DHCP.

    Folder redirection that WORKS is Documents; the only redirect that does work (not redirecting start menu and desktops handled differently) and the settings shown thus, next to the Pictures redirection:

    and


    Now, on the client, Documents redirects fine, reflected in the Application Log. Pictures just will NOT though!!!


    I have tried this and these and all these but there's been no joy.

    Can anyone walk me through this? Has anyone out there actually got folder redirection working right? It's an absolute horror!

    I'm totally lost, completely frustrated and after a good couple of weeks of more and more aggressive troubleshooting I can barely think straight Cheers in advance for any help.

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    Looking at that you're asking documents to redirect to \\fs1\homes\Documents (no actual user in particular) which seems to work fine.

    You're then asking the user to create \\fs1\homes\Documents\My Pictures (again, still no actual username here?) which isn't working.

    Does your user have permission to write to \\fs1\homes\Documents?

    Or should you be using \\fs1\homes\Documents\%USERNAME% ?? (and then in turn \\fs1\homes\Documents\%USERNAME%\My Pictures)


    EDIT: or change the documents setting to "Create a folder for each user under this path" or whatever it says so each user gets their own user space.
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    Thanks kmount!!

    Urgh that's all part of the baffling mystery of Linux filesharing for me. Home drives (W: here) map fine, per user, as "\\fs1\homes" without the "" (set in AD). That seems to do it. Goodness only knows how Linux knows to serve those out right but it does.

    Anyway user I'm tesing it on now has 777 permisisons on his homeshare, but it made no difference. Tried that earlier.
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    Have you tried the option to follow the home drive?

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    Yeah I did, that didn't sort it.

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    Ok now with a different user DOCUMENTS doesn't redirect properly, but Saved Games and Contacts does.

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    It's also trying to direct it to Documents/My instead of My Pictures - some " " needed.

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    hmm - I remember getting the same when I set up redir and following folders and remember solving with quotes - I'll check tomorrow.

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    Guys thanks so much for helping today. You've no idea how reassuring it's been to know I'm not on my own.

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    Oh wow - NOW it's deleted two users' home areas! And I'm not even kidding! They're just wiped now!

    HOW can this go so WRONG???

    I gotta take a step back for today, policy's getting turned off.

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    I'm confused, you're still trying to redirect to a location which has no mention of a username I'm not sure how it will work without this.

    As a test, as a user, map a drive to \\fs1\homes\Documents and see firstly what's in there, and secondly if you can make a folder.

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    What the home drive path in AD for a user?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmount View Post
    I'm confused, you're still trying to redirect to a location which has no mention of a username I'm not sure how it will work without this.

    As a test, as a user, map a drive to \\fs1\homes\Documents and see firstly what's in there, and secondly if you can make a folder.
    Quite honestly, not sure. File servers are Linux so goodness knows how it works, but it does. In each user account in AD, W: drive (home drive) is set to "\\fs1\homes" without the "". That's really really it. :/ I'll test that out tomorrow, had to leave for the day it's bugged me out too much to concentrate.

    Wondering that it might be the case that if any of the redirected folders are set to "\\fs1\homes" it'll nuke whatever home drive is there on that path for the user, so I'll axe that and get back to it tomorrow. Failing that, I'll set up one or two users with home directories on a Windows server (just for the sake of testing) and then try and figure out how on EARTH you get that same arrangement in Linux.

    I'll check back here for hints though throughout thanks SO so so much guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miscbrah View Post
    Quite honestly, not sure. File servers are Linux so goodness knows how it works, but it does.
    I'd say that's the issue though, as the others mentioned. Whether or not it's a linux FS shouldn't affect anything, as all the redirecting is done serverside, then just points to a folder.

    But without it knowing who's user folder it is, that's what the option "Create a folder for each user under the root path" does. It'll create a folder for everyone, "or" use %username%

    Without that it'd point to same place for everyone. Which may explain the access denieds etc

    Is there any particular reason you're not using %username% or "create folders"?

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