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

  • From: "Nelson, Jamie" <Jamie.Nelson@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 13:42:27 -0500

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.


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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:

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


Thoughts? Ideas?



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