[gptalk] Re: Where's the Documents Folder on a Roaming Profile Downloading onto a Vista Device?

  • From: "Cruz, Jerome L" <jerome.l.cruz@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 13:02:14 -0700

Jamie,

You referred to the "...shell folder registry settings..."

Got those locations handy by chance?

Jerry Cruz | Group Policies Product Manager | Windows Infrastructure 
Architecture | Boeing IT

From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Nelson, Jamie
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 11:42 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Where's the Documents Folder on a Roaming Profile 
Downloading onto a Vista Device?

Strange. Just because you've excluded the folder from roaming doesn't mean it 
should not be present when a new profile is created. That should be completely 
independent of Group Policy. Have you checked the shell folder registry 
settings in instances where this is happening? Is the "Personal" reg value 
present and pointed at the correct location (i.e. %USERPROFILE%\Documents)?

Jamie Nelson | Operations Consultant | BI&T Infrastructure-Intel | Devon Energy 
Corporation | Work: 405.552.8054 | Mobile: 405.200.8088 | 
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From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Cruz, Jerome L
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:12 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Where's the Documents Folder on a Roaming Profile Downloading 
onto a Vista Device?

Has anyone run into the following Roaming Profile behavior? We are 'finally' 
testing a Vista image for possible deployment to our customers and the testers 
are reporting that, when they roam (log onto) a different Vista device, their 
profile comes down correctly, but there is no "Documents" folder created by the 
local system.

When I asked them: "What's the behavior when you don't actually have the folder 
and you then click on something that attempts to take you there (like Start | 
Documents)? There response is: Folder not found error.

So, they create the folder manually and report no further issues. However, that 
cannot be the solution for the masses.

We currently have an exclusion for the '...Documents...' folder targeting user 
accounts. There is no further Group Policy based "redirection" of the 
"Documents" folder...this is because most of the users maintain the use of a 
single device and we mainly use roaming profiles to backup their settings for 
'flatten and reload' scenarios, 'not' to roam. This was put in place for our 
Windows 2000 to Windows XP migration a few years ago.

Anyway, here is the current Group Policy exclusion.

Prevent the following directories from roaming with the profile:

Desktop;
My Documents;
Recent;
Application Data\Adobe;
Application Data\AutoDesk;
Application Data\Macromedia;
Application Data\Microsoft\MSDAIPP;
Application Data\Microsoft\Clip Organizer;
Application Data\Roxio;
Application Data\Hummingbird;
Documents


Thoughts? Ideas?

Jerry
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