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  • To see how this work I created a GPO for redirecting a User Desktop Folder and associated with an OU and I set the target folder location to create a folder for each use under the root path.  When the user login, it created a Desktop Folder in the User's Home Directory.  But when I try to access that Desktop folder on the server with the Domain Admin account it said Access Denied.  Why is that?  I also notice that some of the icons on the Desktop screen now have the blue double recycling arrows.  Is that because the Desktop Folder has been redirected?  Also I delete the GPO for the Desktop Folder Redirection, but it didn't restore the folder to the local drive, even though I told it to in the Properties screen.  How I get the Desktop folder back to the local drive and set to the correct path?
    Monday, February 1, 2010 11:28 PM

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  • Hi Alvin,
     Let me try to answer all of your questions:
    1. The access issue is likely related to the option on the redirection that reads "Grant the user exclusive rights to Desktop". If you want to preserve existing permissions on the folders, you want to uncheck that when creating the policy.
    2. The default behavior for redirected folders is to activate the offline files and folders features automatically which will cause those folder to sync to the client system and make them available offline. This results in the blue recycle arrows that indicate that the file is part of an offline sync configuration. This behavior can be controlled by the policy User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Offline Files\Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline.
    3. The setting page option to Redirect the folder back.... should be all you need to reconfigure back to a local folder. Are you saying that this was configured but the folder is still redirected online? Please see article for more information about this component: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784630(WS.10).aspx. You can always create a new policy redirecting to the local folder to correct the situation.

    Thanks,
    Guy
    • Marked as answer by Wilson Jia Friday, February 5, 2010 2:09 AM
    Monday, February 1, 2010 11:49 PM
  • Hi Alvin,

     

    Guy is correct. If you look at the Folder redirection's setting page, you can see the following settings.

     

    1.     Grant the user exclusive rights to Desktop - By default, it's enabled, so the administrator will get access denied when he accesses the user's desktop folder on the server.

    2.     Move the contents of Desktop to the new location. - This is what the Folder redirection policy do.

    3.     Also apply redirection policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. - This setting ensure that the Folder redirection is compatibility with user profile V1 and V2. It's not enabled by default. For more information about profile V1 and V2, you can refer to: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766489(WS.10).aspx

     

    Policy Removal.

     

    By default, it sets to "Leave the folder in the new location when policy is removed". When policy is removed, the folder keeps in new location.

    If you want to restore the folder to local user profile when policy is removed. You need to select the second option - Redirect the folder back to the local userprofile location when policy is removed.

     

    The blue arrows is caused by offline folders. For more information about offline folders, I have included the following articles:

     

    Your offline files or redirected folders synchronize automatically when you log off or log on to a Windows Server 2003-based computer

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/883618

     

    How to use offline files in Windows XP

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307853

     

    Best regards,

    Wilson Jia


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by Wilson Jia Friday, February 5, 2010 2:09 AM
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 2:19 AM

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  • Hi Alvin,
     Let me try to answer all of your questions:
    1. The access issue is likely related to the option on the redirection that reads "Grant the user exclusive rights to Desktop". If you want to preserve existing permissions on the folders, you want to uncheck that when creating the policy.
    2. The default behavior for redirected folders is to activate the offline files and folders features automatically which will cause those folder to sync to the client system and make them available offline. This results in the blue recycle arrows that indicate that the file is part of an offline sync configuration. This behavior can be controlled by the policy User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Offline Files\Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline.
    3. The setting page option to Redirect the folder back.... should be all you need to reconfigure back to a local folder. Are you saying that this was configured but the folder is still redirected online? Please see article for more information about this component: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784630(WS.10).aspx. You can always create a new policy redirecting to the local folder to correct the situation.

    Thanks,
    Guy
    • Marked as answer by Wilson Jia Friday, February 5, 2010 2:09 AM
    Monday, February 1, 2010 11:49 PM
  • Hi Alvin,

     

    Guy is correct. If you look at the Folder redirection's setting page, you can see the following settings.

     

    1.     Grant the user exclusive rights to Desktop - By default, it's enabled, so the administrator will get access denied when he accesses the user's desktop folder on the server.

    2.     Move the contents of Desktop to the new location. - This is what the Folder redirection policy do.

    3.     Also apply redirection policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. - This setting ensure that the Folder redirection is compatibility with user profile V1 and V2. It's not enabled by default. For more information about profile V1 and V2, you can refer to: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766489(WS.10).aspx

     

    Policy Removal.

     

    By default, it sets to "Leave the folder in the new location when policy is removed". When policy is removed, the folder keeps in new location.

    If you want to restore the folder to local user profile when policy is removed. You need to select the second option - Redirect the folder back to the local userprofile location when policy is removed.

     

    The blue arrows is caused by offline folders. For more information about offline folders, I have included the following articles:

     

    Your offline files or redirected folders synchronize automatically when you log off or log on to a Windows Server 2003-based computer

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/883618

     

    How to use offline files in Windows XP

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307853

     

    Best regards,

    Wilson Jia


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Marked as answer by Wilson Jia Friday, February 5, 2010 2:09 AM
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 2:19 AM