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  • Hi there!  I’m experiencing folder redirection issues in Windows SBS 2008, 
    specifically with the User Document and Public folders not redirecting 
    (Desktop works fine).  I have enabled folder redirection in the SBS Console 
    for user Desktop and Documents directories to the Users share with no disk 
    quota limits.  I’ve tried this a couple of different ways to cover all bases:
    
    Method #1:  In the SBS Console > Users And Groups tab > Users tab > Redirect 
    Folder For User Accounts To The Server.
    
    Method #2:  In the User accounts properties in the SBS Console, right-click 
    the individual user accounts and click Edit User Account Properties, click 
    Folders tab, and select Enable Folder Redirection To The Server in the 
    Redirect Folders To The Server box.
    
    I verified the Small Business Server Folder Redirection Policy GPO on the 
    server for both the Documents and Desktop, and confirmed policy deployment on 
    the clients using GPResult /R from the command line.  The domain consists of 
    several XP Pro SP3, Vista Ultimate and Windows 7 Pro clients.  All client 
    computers were joined to the network using the SBS Connect Computer Wizzard 
    (http://connect) with no problems.  SBS created the standard shares, which 
    can be verified using SBS Console > Shared Folders and Web Sites > Shared 
    Folders tab:
    
    Public		C:\Users\Public
    UserShares		C:\Users\Shares
    Redirected Folders	C:\Users\FolderRedirections
    
    In every instance, the Desktop redirects correctly to the server.  I can 
    verify the files on the Server at the 
    C:\Users\FolderRedirections\UserName\Desktop.  I can also verify on client 
    computers by logging in as the User on two client computers simultaneously, 
    altering a desktop file on one client and seeing the file changes update on 
    the other client computer and on the server.  Works great!
    
    The problem is that changes to files in the client Documents folder do not 
    synchronize with the server or other client computers.  I have determined 
    that SBS is not setting the folder location properly on the Documents or 
    Public directories.
    
    If I expand the User’s profile in Windows Explorer and right-click 
    properties for the Desktop folder, the default location is set correctly: 
    \\Server\RedirectedFolders\User\Desktop.  This is not true, however, of the 
    Documents folder, which in all cases points to: C:\Users\User\Documents.  The 
    same problem exists on client computers for all of the Public shares (e.g., 
    Public Documents, Public Downloads, Incoming Faxes, etc.) – which all point 
    to C:\Users\Public.  It appears that SBS is not properly pre-pending the 
    “\\Server\” to the share location – instead using the “C:\” that shows in the 
    SBS Console > Shared Folders and Web Sites > Shared Folders tab view.
    
    As a workaround, I can manually edit the location of the Documents directory 
    to point to: \\Server\RedirectedFolders\User\Documents, but I shouldn’t have 
    to do this.  The same workaround doesn’t work for the Public directories, 
    since Windows does not allow me to edit the location for these directories in 
    the properties dialogue box.
    
    I’m not sure how to fix this.  Everything else works fine on the SBS network 
    and I have followed all Microsoft best practices to set this up.  Any ideas 
    would be greatly appreciated!
    
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    Thanks,
    
    Paul Davis, PMP, MCP
    
    

    Paul D., MCP
    • Moved by Ken Warren Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:27 PM off-topic for Windows Home Server forums (From:Windows Home Server Software)
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010 1:58 PM

Answers

  • You'll find an SBS newsgroup over here.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by Ken Warren Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:27 PM
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:26 PM

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  • You'll find an SBS newsgroup over here.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by Ken Warren Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:27 PM
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:26 PM
  • Ken, I realize this posted to the wrong forum but this is due to the fact that I'm having major issues with the list of forums not dynamically populating correctly based on my Windows Live ID.
    Paul D., MCP
    Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:55 PM