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Correcting a bad group policy

By mreed ·
I created a Group Policy to redirect the contents of the desktops and the my documents folder to folders I had created on a network share. I targeted 1 group as it had only 2 people in it. The policy was created on a file server not a DC and I created it at the global level by adding the new policy to the domain global policy (both of which are I'm told, serious mistakes). It did not restrict itself to the 1 group I targeted but started creating folders for three other people from wholly different groups. I deleted the policy. Hunted down the folders I created and deleted them and crossed my fingers that no real damage was done. It wasn't however the folders I created to store My Docs and the Desktop keep reappearing. How can I stop this from recurring? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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check effective policies

by shasca In reply to Correcting a bad group po ...

You need to check what policies are being applied at the affected workstations to get a handle on what is still being pushed out.
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http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/gpresults.mspx

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Backup and delete the local profile folders.

by 1bn0 In reply to Correcting a bad group po ...

This may or may not apply to your situation.
Is this only repeating on the affected workstations?

User group policy settings get stored in the local profile.

Some don't seem to like to reverse, no matter what you do.

In that instance I have found that backing up the local profile folders and deleting and letting Windows create a new profile resolves the problem.

Since the policy is no longer in effect the new profile does not get afflicted with it.


Don't forget backing up the local profile first or you will lose their documents, favorites, etc.

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