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Desktop Folder Redirection: Invalid path when typing in location to redirect desktops

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  • Desktop Folder Redirection: Invalid path when typing in location to redirect desktops

    I have an issue where I cannot recreate the path to redirect user desktops(Windows 7) to the following location on one of my file servers: \\poli-server3\Profile$\%username%-desktop. Redirected user desktops then get the folder name "jdoe-desktop" or "jsmith-desktop," etc. I have taken over a server support role from someone who created GPOs in our environment. The path above was added at some point to the GPO(see attachment #1), then it was removed and an alternate path was added to redirect desktops to another location on the server which worked fine. However, we wanted to redirect user's desktops back to the original path above and the GPMC says the path is invalid(see attachment #2) one point it was added when the GPO was first created and worked fine. Now we are stuck because we canít use the original path. In ADUC for example, the %username% variable works for adding user profiles, and when I add the path above to start\run on the user's workstation it brings up the userís desktop folder in Explorer....but the GPMC doesn't like the path. Any ideas? We are stuck in a corner. One option I have to recover is to restore the original GPO that has the original path \\poli-server3\Profile$\%username%-desktop...this works, but I am trying to figure out why %username%-desktop in the path is invalid when it was obviously added at one point. Also, if I want to move the these directories to a new location in the future I am stuck because I canít add the "%username%-desktop" variable in the text box to point to a new location. I have no idea how the previous administrator created the original path.


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    I've never used redirection, but should there be a dash in the path before Desktop? Shouldn't it be ..\%username%\Desktop
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