Redirected folders still appearing in roaming profiles.

By james.jones ·
Good day, everyone. I'm just admining a little machine shop network with one Win2K3 Enterprise Server and 8 WinXP Pro workstations (one of which is a laptop).

I've recently upgraded the domain to roaming profiles (C:\Shares\Intellimirror\Roaming Profiles\ [shared as PROFILES$]), and I redirected Application Data, Desktop & My Documents (C:\Shares\Intellimirror\Folder Redirection\ [shared as REDIRECTION$]). I have GPO set to wipe profiles from the local machines upon logoff. After a bit of turmoil at first, things are pretty much running smoothly now.

One thing that makes me a bit nervous, though, is that the user logoff process is still creating redirected folders under PROFILES$, such that I'll simultaneously have say, a Desktop folder under both REDIRECTION% and PROFILES$ (for a given %username%). The redirected one is still the goods, whereas the profiles one is empty. In the case of My Documents, the bogus one in PROFILES% isn't empty, but contains the default stuff -- My Music, Sample Music, etc. Application Data really seems to contain a subset of the redirected folder, including files.

This whole affair stands in contrast to the first couple of post-implementation logons, when those three folders were automatically wiped from the roaming profiles.

I'm wondering if I've got an NTFS permission problem, where the logoff can't write to REDIRECTION$ and falls back to PROFILES$ (though I've double and triple-checked this against the permissions listed at Technet, and I don't get any warnings or errors to this effect).

Or I'm wondering if it has to do with "Default User." I still haven't created a domain-wide one to go in NETLOGON. Perhaps during logon these folders are getting picked up from the local default users?

Or maybe it's just default behaviour and I'm being paranoid. I just don't want to wind up with forked data and wind up having to do a merge.

Thanks for any input you more experienced sysadmins might have!

-Jim "JimmyJazz" Jones

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by james.jones In reply to Redirected folders still ...
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It's default MS behavior.

by bart777 In reply to Redirected folders still ...

For some reason Microsoft just needs to see those folders. They'll be empty or have the standard folders set under them.

You're doing fine. Microsoft is just making you paranoid. That's not an uncommon thing by the way.

Best of luck.

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Thank you very much.

by james.jones In reply to It's default MS behavior.

That's very reassuring.

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Finally solved it!

by james.jones In reply to Redirected folders still ...

"'s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad."


For profiles that existed in the pre-roaming days, the switchover didn't change several key-values from %USERPROFILE% to \\Server\Redirection$\%USERNAME%, so I had to go in and do it manually. The values were AppData, Desktop & Personal in the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

The following key-value didn't get changed from %USERPROFILE% to \\Server\Redirection$\%USERNAME% for ANY users, even those created AFTER the change to roaming profiles:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\5.0\Cache\Extensible Cache\UserData\CachePath

-Jim "JimmyJazz" Jones

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