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Folder Redirection & Overwrites

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  • Hello everyone,

    We currently have end users who have multiple local profiles, across multiple desktops.

    We want to implement Folder Redirection via group policy, and redirect end user's Desktop folder to a network share. 

    With that said, let me give you the following post-Folder Redirection implementation scenario:

    1.  User A signs onto Desktop A, and their Desktop folder is redirected to the network share.

    2.  User A then signs on to Desktop B, and their Desktop folder is again redirected to the network share.

    My question is, will the Desktop folder and same-named file(s) from step 2 overwrite the Desktop folder and same-named file(s) from step 1?

    If so, is there a way to prevent the overwrite?

    Thanks in advance.

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 7:29 PM

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  • > My question is, will the Desktop folder and same-named file(s) from step 2 overwrite the Desktop folder and same-named file(s) from step 1?
     
    AFAIk it will merge - and files with same path/name will be overwritten initially. You could decide not to move content to the new location within your redirection GPO, but craft a little logon script that does the sync. In this script, you could deal with duplicate files according to your needs.
     
    Loopback can NOT solve this issue.
     
    • Marked as answer by drewtonium316 Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:30 PM
    Monday, April 03, 2017 11:57 AM

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  • Hi,
    If you want to apply folder redirection policy based on computers, in this case, what comes into my mind is Group Policy loopback mode. Group Policy loopback is a computer configuration setting that enables different Group Policy user settings to apply based upon the computer from which logon occurs.
    You could see more details from:
    Circle Back to Loopback
    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askds/2013/02/08/circle-back-to-loopback/
    Windows Server: Understand “User Group Policy Loopback Processing Mode”
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2548.windows-server-understand-user-group-policy-loopback-processing-mode.aspx
    In addition, instead of using folder redirection, I would suggest to use other methods for redirecting or copying the folders to network share location, such as startup/shutdown script.
    Best regards,
    Wendy

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    • Marked as answer by drewtonium316 Saturday, April 01, 2017 6:13 PM
    • Unmarked as answer by drewtonium316 Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:30 PM
    Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:14 AM
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  • Thank you for your help.  The loopback mode may be a solution. 
    Saturday, April 01, 2017 6:12 PM
  • > My question is, will the Desktop folder and same-named file(s) from step 2 overwrite the Desktop folder and same-named file(s) from step 1?
     
    AFAIk it will merge - and files with same path/name will be overwritten initially. You could decide not to move content to the new location within your redirection GPO, but craft a little logon script that does the sync. In this script, you could deal with duplicate files according to your needs.
     
    Loopback can NOT solve this issue.
     
    • Marked as answer by drewtonium316 Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:30 PM
    Monday, April 03, 2017 11:57 AM
  • Thank you, Martin.

    After looking at loopback, a login script would be the best solution, as you recommended.

    Tuesday, April 04, 2017 6:32 PM