I found Automatic creation of user folders for home, roaming profile and redirected folders. - Ask the Directory Services Team - Site Home - TechNet Blogs to be brilliant for this when I've been working on a similar thing on a Windows 2003 server this morning.
Originally Posted by edutech4schools
Thanks for the info and screen shots.
Firstly, did you end up with a user seeing the actual my documents folder listed inside the users home folder? Is this how it should be?
Oddly trying my fix works a treat but I am still testing.
So if in AD I create a home folder \\server\share\%username%
then add \%username% to the end
When I browse root I see d:\users\username\My Documents
This is the important bit - the second %username% has been changed to My Documents by folder redirection but if I open My computer logged in as a teacher ,the home folder displays H:username but when they open this they are actually opening username\My documents. So the are only ever working inside the My documents folder.
It will probably screw something up but is an interesting find and is working for my test user.
I think the important question for me is, if I set this up following posts above, do I end up with a home folder that the user then sees the my documents folder listed with other folders within the home folder or does the home folder map directly to the My Documents folder?
the way have it set up as above when the user goes to their user area direct they see
but if they save to my documents it goes to the documents folder in their home drive
and as an admin i see d:\users\staff\fred\documents