Folder Redirection Un-Buggering (not for the faint of heart!)
Hi boys and girls, got a sticky one. :/
Last summer I tried and failed to get Folder Redirection working. Brief cliffs are that we have Linux file servers here, AD points home areas (W: ) to \\(name of my file server)\homes and then the Linux server (Samba ofc) maps the drives by the connecting users' credentials and name. Lovely, only that doesn;t give me an absolute file path and does NOT play nice with folder redirection.
Basically, I think I know enough now to get things working if I CAN get an absolute file path, as Folder Redirection isn't fundamentally that hard when you're not feeling the pressure to sort it, but I'd really like to get it nailed like it worked in every plain Windows environment I ever worked in.
But to do so, I need something. I need to get back to a clean slate.
During the experimentation process, a lot of Folder Redirection policies got deleted or changed, and as such there's a lot of orphaned "Move contents" or "Leave contents" of old profile folders in the registries. They are consistent as they are across my users and not giving problems as such, but the trouble is they're not a clean slate, and I really need to know how to get back to a clean slate.
Yes I can change the registry settings by merging a .reg file (prompts the user though atm) but with a salad of crap in the profile location, the folders themselves are a little disorganised (as in, a test account has about four "My Videos" folders, as well as the regular folders, and ALSO has links to their W: drive (which is home area) if shell folders in the registry are changed by force with a .reg file on login to point to eg "W:\My Pictures". And then W: doesn't contain a folder called "My Pictures" because it's not been done with the GP settings and so on...)
Quandry is also, what DO I do if I can't get an absolute path for the GP options to work, and if I have to resort to registry fixing for it, how do I know 100% it's working afterwards?
But for know, need to know how to undo what's been done before.
Anyone got any ideas at all? :/