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  • Desktop Redirection Problem

    This one’s driving me crazy guys.

    Clients = XP SP2
    Servers= MS Server 2000 & 2003 Active Directory environment

    All users have roaming profiles. Through Active Directory and Group Policy the users have their desktops redirected to a remote server location.

    The problem I have is that when users delete a file (icon) from their desktop, it appears to have been delete however when they log of and their profile is written back to the server, the deleted file is recreated in the profiles and therefore reappears once the user logs back on.

    Through group policy, I have enabled “delete cached copy of users profiles” and I though this may have something to do with the problem so I set the policy to “not configured”. This however did not solve the problem so I have enabled the policy again.

    Any help would be great, I’m sure its something simple that I’m missing,

    Thanks in advance

    Andy

  • #2
    Re: Desktop Redirection Problem

    We use sharded desktops and roaming profiles. To get around that we have deleted the desktop folder from the profile. You might want to try that.
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    • #3
      Re: Desktop Redirection Problem

      I deleted the desktop folder in the users profile. I then logged on as the user. A new desktop folder was created in the profile location. I then added a file to the users desktop logged off, logged off and logged back on again. As expected the files was still there. I then deleted the file of the desktop, logged off, logged back on again and the file had re-appeard,

      It's driving me nuts,

      Thanks for the help

      Andy

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      • #4
        Re: Desktop Redirection Problem

        Are you sure the folder redirection is working? When you add a file to the desktop does it go to the shared location as well as the local desktop folder in the users profile?

        EDIT:

        Some useful articles:

        http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...c_mcc_wtje.asp

        http://www.windowsnetworking.com/art...rver-2003.html
        Last edited by tonyyeb; 20th January 2006, 11:37.
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        • #5
          Re: Desktop Redirection Problem

          Yes i'm sure it's being redirected, i have two consoles running one monitoring the server profiles location and the other monitoring the desktop, changes made to the desktop are reflected immediatly to the \\server\profile location.

          K, this is gettng wierd.

          I deleted the users roaming profile, made sure the local profile had been removed by group policy and then logged the user back on.

          It recreated the roaming profile on the server, however it somhow managed to pull the icons deleted previously through to the new roaming profile. Before you ask the icons are not in the all users profile or the default users profile.

          My heads messed with this one, could it have something to do with poicies, cached files, hidden folders etc???

          Thanks guys
          Andy

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          • #6
            Re: Desktop Redirection Problem

            k, i think the problem has something to do with the fact i'm using a Default User profile in the NetLogon partition. It looks like users are writing data back to the Net Logon folder so i'm gonna have to have a look at the permissions.

            Does anyone have any advice on configuring the net logon default profile?

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            • #7
              Re: Desktop Redirection Problem

              So you want a default profile for each of your users?

              I would advise creating a default profile, copy it to the network, and setting each user their own copy of the profile.

              Good article here:

              http://support.microsoft.com/default...302082&sd=tech

              XP is mostly similar if you are using that.

              EDIT: Server 2003: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324749/
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              • #8
                Re: Desktop Redirection Problem

                I would actually recommend against roaming profiles, as IMHO it creates more problems than it solves. SBS has a built-in redirect My Documents in the Server manager Though even that I have reservations about since one user downloaded his iPod to My Music and then wondered why his logon took so long after he had 3Gb of MP3 files there!
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                • #9
                  Re: Desktop Redirection Problem

                  I had the exact same problem about 2 years ago.

                  When using Roaming Profiles do not use the same share you use for you redirected folders as the settings for the share are not necessarily the same. Use a share dedicated to the roaming profiles only. When configuring this share, Right-Click on the folder to be shared, click on sharing and then click Caching. you need to disable caching in order for this items to remain deleted. Otherwise they will come back to haunt you.

                  Here is a Microsoft Knowledgebase article explaining the behavior. Hope this solves your problem.

                  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287566/

                  Mario

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