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Windows 7 not Working with Folder Redirection & Roaming Profiles

By PuterGuy07 ·
I just swapped out an XP Pro workstation for a new Windows 7 Pro workstation. I use both roaming profiles and folder redirection through GPO. My servers are Windows 2008 R2 and my trusty old 2000 Server which is my backup domain controller.

The profile tab for each user is set to store user profiles on the \\server08\profiles\%username% share.

When I logged in the first time with the new machine, I was hoping that it would pull the profile from the \\server08\profiles\%username% share. That didn't happen. I haven't checked the event viewer logs yet, but I don't expect to find any help there.

The GPO is set to use the "Also apply redirection policy to Windows XP" option.

I have not set up any additional redirection policies for Appdata or My Documents, figuring that the C:\Users folder will redirect to the \\server08\profiles\%username% share, just like the C:\Documents and Settings folder in XP did.

Do I need to copy the data files to the relevant folders on the new machine? If I did that, I would assume that those folders and files would have the correct security and folder structure.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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by PuterGuy07 In reply to Windows 7 not Working wit ...

Apparently you do have to copy the data files over to the user\%username&\local\appdata folder. Windows 7 and probably Vista as well, don't use the standard folder structure either locally, or on the profiles share on the server. The user who I upgraded had their original %username% folder in the profile share as well as new folder named "%username%.V2".

Another interesting thing is that the files and folder structure does not stay in the \\server\profile\%username%.V2 folder when the user is logged in to a Windows 7 machine like they do when a user is logged in to an XP machine. The folder is just empty. Very interesting.

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