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Windows 7: Windows 7 client changes folder redirection UNC path

10 Aug 2010   #1

Windows Server 2008
Windows 7 client changes folder redirection UNC path

Hello everyone,

I've got Server 2008 (no R2) running as a PDC for my small LAN. The clients are an XP SP2 Pro laptop, a 7 Pro laptop and the server itself. I created a folder redirection policy to keep the roaming profiles V1 and V2 in sync, so e.g. "V2\Start Menu" points to "V1\Start Menu". Additionally, I used this policy to redirect the Desktop and the Documents folder outside of the profile. They point to a share (e.g. "\\Homeserver\ProfilesLive\%username%\Desktop") on the server.

This setup works flawlessly when switching between XP (V1) and the 2008 (V2) client. All profiles folders are synced, changes to Desktop and Documents are updated live on the server share.

When I log into the 7 laptop, however, I see a very strange behaviour. The profile settings (like Start Menu/Taskbar style, Desktop background color etc.) are correct, but folder redirection does not work because the client cannot find the share named "\\Laptop\ProfilesLive\%username%\Desktop". This is quite odd because I never defined the client to be the host of that share. Obviously Windows 7 changes the UNC path it gets from the GPO on its own!

Some additional facts:
- the laptops had been members of a different domain before I added them to the current one
- DNS / NetBios / ping works fine on all machines
- initially, the 7 client loaded the folder redirection policy just fine upon login, Desktop and Documents were there, but the rest of the profile did not load without leaving any error message in the event log, so I landed in a local temporary profile. After manually copying the profile from the server to the client, I got the error described above.

Any help would be greatly appreciated since I will otherwise just reinstall W7...


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10 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

I'm not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for but it seems to relate to the same type of problem.
Add UNC path to search index in Windows 7

Download details: Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for Files on Microsoft Networks
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11 Aug 2010   #3

Windows Server 2008

Well, not sure if it is really even the same type of problem, but maybe I should try playing with the Offline Files feature. Thanks for the link.
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