I know this isn’t Exchange related, but I ran across a customer that needed a walk through and couldn’t find exactly the walk-through I wanted for him.
First you need a location to put your redirected files
So the first thing we need to do is make a share on the server
- Create a new folder
- Right click the folder and choose sharing
- Now verify you can access the location \\server\share with the client system as the user (not an administrator)
Second you need to create\configure a GPO
- Open “Group policy management” (what you don’t have that?? well better get it here)
- Right click the domain and choose “Create a GPO in this domain….”
- Name it Doc Redirection (or anything you like)
- Now Right click -> edit on the new GPO
- Expand the User Configuration Node
- Expand Policies
- Expand Windows Settings.
- Expand Folder Redirection.
- Select the folder you wish to redirect (in our case Documents), right-click, and choose Properties.
- On the Folder tab from the Properties dialog box, select the setting for redirection from the dropdown list:
- Not configured: Redirection will not occur on this folder; this is the default.
- Basic: Redirect everyone’s folder to the same location. You can configure the target options associated with this selection. These settings tell Windows where to put the redirected data.
- Advanced: we aren’t covering this here
- Target: Create a folder for each user under the root path
- Once the destination choices are made, enter the network share path where the data will be redirected, for example \\server\share. (remember the one we created and tested earlier)
- on the settings Tab are settings regarding exclusive rights to redirected content and the handling of existing content in the original location
- Then, click OK.
Configure the other folders to be redirected as needed.
Third Force the policy to apply (it will happen on its own but who wants to wait!)
- Login to the PC, click start -> run
- Type GPUPDATE/Force
- Log off
- log in
- Right click My Documents -> properties (what is the path location? did it change?)
Troubleshooting and notes
- When setting permissions don’t set a deny
- verify you can get to the share and make a file
- run gpresult from a CLI window on the client to make sure the policy is applied
- Processes only works for domain users\PCs (obvious but it had to be said)
- Always make a new GPO don’t edit the defaults