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WS2012R2 Folder Redirection Issues

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  • I have read and read multiple postings on Folder Redirection issues but I cannot seem to find a fix. This works on users' laptops/desktops but I cannot get this to work on a WS2012 R2 server setup with RDS role/features.

    I ran Gpresult wizard, it applies but the Documents folder does not redirect to the DFS namespace.

    GPO User Configuration>policies>windows settings>folder redirection>documents Path: \\namespace\UserProfiles\%USERNAME%\Documents

    I also have "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" enabled with Process even if the group policy objects have not changed.

    I checked event viewer, no errors for the GPO...pulling my hair out here if I could get some suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it. I normally do not have an issue with GPOs since I have been doing them for over 5 years but this one has got me!!

    Monday, March 21, 2016 7:07 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.

    The folder redirection policy seems being set properly from your uploading GPResult report.

    To narrow down the issue, please check if below registry is present and value set to 1, if so than change it to 0 after taking backup and reboot.

    The registry forces FR to be applied from WMI and not Group Policy:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UserState\UserStateTechnologies\ConfigurationControls\FolderRedirection

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


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    • Marked as answer by Blacksuit1 Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:19 PM
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 3:00 AM
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  • Hi,

    Thanks for your post.

    Please make sure that you have configured at least the minimum permissions on the redirected folders.

    NTFS permissions required for the root folder

    Creator/owner - Full Control, this folder, subfolders, and files
    Administrators - No permissions
    Everyone - No permissions
    Local System - Full Control, this folder, subfolders, and files
    Security group of users who need to put data on the shared network server - List Folder/Read Data, Create Folders/Append Data - This folder only

    NTFS permissions required for each user's redirected folder
    User Name - Full Control, owner of folder   
    Local System - Full Control   
    Administrators - No permissions
    Everyone - No permissions

    Please refer to the following TechNet article to get more information:

    Folder Redirection
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc781907%28WS.10%29.aspx

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


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    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 6:12 AM
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  • Hi,

    Adding to Alvwan, Please check:

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-in/library/jj649078.aspx

    http://serverfault.com/questions/704635/redirection-folder-permissions-on-windows-2012-r2

    Thanks,

    Mayank Dhama


    Mayank Dhama

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 6:27 AM
  • Thanks for the suggestions but it is not necessarily the issue.

    Folder Redirection works on workstations and it did work on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Terminal server but it doesn't work on the WS2012 R2 RDS server. I tried the following on a GPO:

    • CC>Policies>Admin temp>Network/Offline Files:
      Allow or Disallow use of Offline Files = Enabled
    • System/Group Policy
      Configure folder redirection policy processing = Enabled
      Allow processing across a slow network connection = Enabled
      Process even if the GPO have not changed = Enabled
    • System/Logon
      Always wait for the network at  computer startup and logon = enabled





    Grant user exclusive rights to Documents Disabled
    Move the contents of Documents to the new location Enabled
    Also apply redirection policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2000
    server, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 operating systems
    Disabled
    Policy Removal Behavior Leave contents
    Configuration Control Group Policy
    Primary Computer Evaluation       Not evaluated because primary computer policy is not enable


    Almost forgot to mention that I also have a GPO at the Server OU level.

    CC>Policies>Admin Temp>System/Logon

    Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon = enabled

    System/Shutdown

    Require use of fast start up = Disabled

    • Edited by Blacksuit1 Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:42 PM
    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:39 PM
  • > I ran Gpresult wizard, it applies but the Documents folder does not
    > redirect to the DFS namespace.
     
    So to make sure: GPResult shows the redirection GPO is applied. And
    neither System nor Application Eventlog have entries about FR errors?
     
    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:48 PM
  • Martin,

    That is correct. I uploaded my gpresult for the user account. See link.

    Gpresult.user

    Or copy and paste:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/l9vxw8gi4q7oam0/user.html?dl=0

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016 3:23 PM
  • Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.

    The folder redirection policy seems being set properly from your uploading GPResult report.

    To narrow down the issue, please check if below registry is present and value set to 1, if so than change it to 0 after taking backup and reboot.

    The registry forces FR to be applied from WMI and not Group Policy:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UserState\UserStateTechnologies\ConfigurationControls\FolderRedirection

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


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    • Marked as answer by Blacksuit1 Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:19 PM
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 3:00 AM
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  • > The registry forces FR to be applied from WMI and not Group Policy:
     
    Damn - I keep forgetting that FR can be controlled via WMI/SCCM too...
     
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016 9:15 AM
  • Alvwan,

    That registry setting did the trick. Changed it to a 0, rebooted the machine, didn't work. Ran gpupdate /force, rebooted machine. It now redirects my documents to the server.

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions! Still not sure why the GPO didn't work though. Perhaps the OS got stuck in limbo for the FR?

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 8:20 PM
  • Hi,

    I am glad to hear that your issue was successfully resolved. If there is anything else we can do for you, please feel free to post in the forum.

    Best Regards,

    Alvin Wang


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    Friday, March 25, 2016 1:39 AM
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