[THIN] Re: Folder redirection doesn't work in DOS and other apps

  • From: Joe Shonk <joe.shonk@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:26:06 -0700

No, that is not the case. Folder Redirection only occurs when an
application references the path via the CLSID. Another words, the develop
of your app is lazy and/or uneducated. Simple ways around this is to have
the application use a drive letter and then use a subst command. Some of
this is automated with the App Compatibly scripts (usrlogon.cmd,


On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 1:34 PM, Jason Benway <benwayj@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Yes I’m using UPM (latest version), I thought that
c:\user\username\documents should redirect even within a cmd window, until
I started troubleshooting this app L


*From:* thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On
Behalf Of *Pat Coughlin
*Sent:* Tuesday, July 14, 2015 4:27 PM

*To:* thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Subject:* [THIN] Re: Folder redirection doesn't work in DOS and other

Are you using UPM or another profile management solution? A number of
factors can cause it to exist (mandatory profile, created before the
folder redirection policy). Folder Redirection prevents it from being
utilized. In you app log you should see the results of your folder
redirection policy. Some apps don't always respect folder redirection,
especially old apps. That is what you need to watch for.

On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 4:21 PM, Jason Benway <benwayj@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Thanks, I can cd into my profile and I see the docs folder but it’s a
local folder. See image

Vs explorer > library > my documents

Is anyone else running redirected folders? Are you seeing the same thing?
Wondering if I don’t have something set correctly.


*From:* thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On
Behalf Of *Webster
*Sent:* Tuesday, July 14, 2015 4:15 PM
*To:* thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Subject:* [THIN] Re: Folder redirection doesn't work in DOS and other

Found this

*Folder Redirection and environment variables*

The folder redirection client side extension is only able to process two
environment variables: %username% and %userprofile%. Other environment
variables such as %logonserver%, %homedrive% and %homepath% will not work
with folder redirection.

I have no idea if that helps you or not since that is referring to GPO
processing but it is worth a try.



*From:* thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
<thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>] *On Behalf Of *Jason Benway
*Sent:* Tuesday, July 14, 2015 2:51 PM
*To:* thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
*Subject:* [THIN] Folder redirection doesn't work in DOS and other apps

We are redirecting my documents and some other locations.

If I open a dos window and cd c:\users\username\documents it does to a
local directory not the redirected location. I can browse that same path in
explorer. it seems to only be when I use the library and shortcuts in a
"open" dialog that I see the folder redirection location.

A new application we are using saves the config file to "my

I've saved the config file to the redirect my docs\application\session,
but the application doesn’t pull up with the config. I'm guessing its not
using the correct environment variable to look for the config file. What is
the correct environment variable that would recognize redirected folders?


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