[gptalk] Re: Folder redirection UNC path issue

  • From: "Andrew McHale" <Andrew.McHale@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 15:52:11 -0000

Hi Shane,

 

Unfortunately I can't comment on previous GPO methods for doing this as
I've only messed about with this setting recently.

 

In regards to the second part, when I give a user a home directory I
believe it pre-populates \\servername\users\%username%\
<file:///\\servername\users\%25username%25\>  with 4 folders; Home,
Profile and two others I can't remember the name of (currently sat at
Brussels airport with very poor connectivity so daren't RDP into UK
based server to clarify). So I guess that if AD is already aware of a
redirection for your users (Home folder) then it wouldn't want to
redirect their Docs folder to \\servername\users\%username%\
<file:///\\servername\users\%25username%25\>  as this is effectively the
users "Root" folder.

 

Also, now I think about it, I don't believe users can navigate out of
their Home folder (\\servername\users\%username%\Home\
<file:///\\servername\users\%25username%25\Home\> ) with the standard
privileges given to them. Maybe this is another reason the redirect
can't put the My Documents redirection in the \%username%\ folder, as
the user would then either not be able to access them or the redirection
would have to assign permissions which could effectively allow the user
to mess with the contents of the other three folders, one of which is a
Profile folder and could contain some very important profile redirection
files.

 

Hope this helps. I welcome Darren, Alan, Jamie or someone else to come
in and clear this up if I'm wrong J

 

Andrew

 

 

From: Shane Williford [mailto:shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 20 November 2008 15:36
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Folder redirection UNC path issue

 

I went into the HELP and yes Andrew...it does state that (no Explain tab
in these setting boxes); what confuses me is 1. my other folder
redirection settings in another GPO has \\servername\users\%username%
<file:///\\servername\users\%25username%25> . And, that's what it's
always been in the past. I had to look at this particular GPO yesterday
due to My Doc folders not getting redirected at this particular site,
and was playing around with it by retyping the setting and noticed the
GPO displaying this new UNC path, which  is inconsistent with my other
GPOs. Secondly, what this is doing is ADDING a My Doc folder within
their user folder (i.e. instead of their local My Doc folder being
redirected to the \\servername\users\%username%
<file:///\\servername\users\%25username%25>  path, it's being redirected
to \\servername\users\%username%\My Document
<file:///\\servername\users\%25username%25\My%20Document> s). So now,
when they open their My Doc folder, they aren't seeing their documents
because of the new path. Now, we do have AD accts set for home
directories to this same location (\\servername\users\%username%
<file:///\\servername\users\%25username%25> ). Would it be best to just
change the TARGET FOLDER LOCATION setting to "Redirect to user's home
folder"? Hope I'm making sense. J

 

Shane M. Williford

Systems Administrator

MCSE, MCSA Sec, Sec+, Net+, A+

Mazuma Credit Union

9300 Troost

Kansas City, MO 64131

shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx

816-361-4194 x6012

 

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Andrew McHale
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 9:16 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Folder redirection UNC path issue

 

Hi Shane,

 

Isn't this default behaviour for the setting? I think it says so in
details of the setting.

 

If you just put \\servername\users <file:///\\servername\users>  then
all of the users documents would all end up in the same folder.

 

I assume MS adds the username\my docs for a bit of organisation, so that
all that users files are in a folder under their name, and if you want
to redirect docs, desktop, start menu, it can again segment the files
into Username\MyDocs, Username\Desktop, etc?

 

Andrew

 

 

From: Shane Williford [mailto:shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 20 November 2008 14:44
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Folder redirection UNC path issue

 

All,

When modifying my GPO for My Doc folder redirection, I type in the path 
\\servername\users <file:///\\servername\users> , but the UNC that is
displayed in the setting dialog box and in the policy is 
\\servername\users\%username%\My Documents
<file:///\\servername\users\%25username%25\My%20Documents> . Why is
that? How do I change it? (see pic below)

 

  

\\servername\users\Clair\My Documents

  
  

 

 

 

Shane M. Williford

Systems Administrator

MCSE, MCSA Sec, Sec+, Net+, A+

Mazuma Credit Union

9300 Troost

Kansas City, MO 64131

shane.williford@xxxxxxxxxx

816-361-4194 x6012

 

 

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