15 June, 2012

Configuring Folder Redirection - Part 1

Folder Redirection has already been covered in the following post: http://www.adshotgyan.com/2011/07/how-to-configure-folder-redirection.html

This post is the first of a series of six posts which includes the various issues that you can encounter while playing with Folder redirection. Remember, the series does not contains any troubleshooting on Folder Redirection. It just contains the different configuration settings and the ramification of using few of those Settings....

So lets start... This post will show you how to configure Folder Redirection... Even though the same has been covered in an earlier post, but discussing the initial configuration of Folder Redirection was important as we will be using the same lab in the whole Series...


Domain Controller (MyDC)         (Windows 2008 R2)
Member Server     (OldServer)   (Windows 2008 R2)
Member Server     (NewServer)  (Windows 2008 R2)
Client Machine      (MyClient)     (Windows 7)
OU                       (MyUsers)      (User1, User2, User3, User4, User5)

On the Member Server (OldServer), We have another drive (E:\) which will store the Redirected Data

In this E Drive, We have two folders (Profiles and Redirected Data). Profiles (as the name suggest) will store Roaming Profiles where as the Redirected Data will store Redirected Folders (Folder Redirection Data)

Since Folder Redirection is not configured currently, hence there is no data in the Redirected Data Folder

We have created a Group Policy Object on the OU (MyUsers). We will enable Folder Redirection on the Group Policy Object

Redirecting "Desktop"

Redirecting the Data on to the Following Location: \\OlderServer\Redirected Data

Whenever you specify a network path in such a location (Roaming profiles, Folder Redirection etc...), Its always a good practice to first check if we are able to browse that path which we are specifying...

See.... I Said.... :)

Error: The Network Name Cannot be Found... :(

Lets check the name of the Server.... Oops.... Its OldServer and not OlderServer... :)

Now lets try to access \\OldServer\Redirected Data


Default Settings on the Settings Page....

The Message.... It just says that the policy will not take effect on Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 because you haven't selected that option on the Settings Page which says "Also apply Redirection Policy to Windows 2000, Windows 2003 and Windows XP"

Lets go on to the Windows 7 Client Machine Now...

Hence Proved.... The Redirection has been applied on the Client Machine

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Users Shell Folders

And the User Folder got created at the Network Location

By Default, we wont be able to access the user`s data due to permissions, but I have taken the ownership of the user`s folder and gave relevant permissions

Created folders and files on the user`s desktop

And as expected, the data got stored on the Network Location

Similarly, for rest of the labs, I logged in with few more users and the data for those users have also been created on the Network Location