GPO: User Folder Redirection


User Folder Redirection allows Windows to store the contents of certain user profile folders on a network location.

This solution has the following advantages:

  • No local file storage.
  • Possibility for users to change computers and find their folders and files.
  • In an RDS environment, you can have the same documents on the user computers and on the remote desktop session.
  • If Windows server storage, access to previous versions.
  • Centralized backup of user folders.

Create a shared folder

Create a 1 folder that will receive the profiles.

Redirection de dossier : création des dossiers sur le serveur

Right click on the folder 1 and click on Properties 2 .

Partage du dossier pour la redirection

Go to the Sharing tab 1 and click on the Advanced Sharing 2 button.

Partage du dossier pour la redirection

Tick Share this folder 1 and click on Permissions 2 .

Partage du dossier pour la redirection

Select Everyone and delete permissions. Add the Domain Users group 1 and give the Modify and Read permissions 2 . Click on Apply 3 and OK 4 .

Autorisation sur le dossier

Click the Apply 1 and OK 2 buttons.

Valider les parametres

Press Close 1 .

Fermer les propriétés du dossier

Configuring Group Policy for User Folder Redirection

Open the Group Policy Management Console

Console GPO

On the OU where the GPO is to be applied, right-click 1 and click Create GPO in this area, and link it here … 2 .

Créer une GPO sur l'OU

Name the GPO 1 then click OK 2 .

Nommer la GPO

Faire un clic droit sur la stratégie qui vient d’être créée et cliquer sur Modifier 1.

Editer la stratégie

Go to Folder Redirection Settings: User Configuration / Policies / Windows Settings / Folder Redirection 1 . By selecting the policy, the list of folders that can be redirected is displayed 2 .

Aller sur les parametres de redirection

Right click on the folder to be redirected 1 (Documents) then click on Properties 2 .

Aller sur les proprietes du dossier à rediriger

At the Target tab level choose the Basic option: Redirect everyone’s folders to the same location 1 . Target folder location select: Redirect to the following location 2 . For the path 3 you have to adapt according to the server and the share: \\server\Share\%USERNAME%\FolderRedirect. Go to the Settings tab 4 .

Option de redirection

Using the %USERNAME% environment variable allows redirection to a folder with the name of the logged-on user.

Uncheck the box Grant the user exclusive rights on Document 1 , this action facilitates future administration. Depending on your needs, adapt the A , B and C options to your environment. Click on the buttons Apply 2 (to the warning click on Yes) and OK 3 .

Options avances de la redirection

Repeat for the other folders you want to redirect. When finished, close the Policy Editor.

Summary of the 1 parameters of the Group Policy.

Aperçu de la stratégie

Test redirection on a client workstation

Log on to a user to whom the GPO is applied.

It may be necessary to gpupdate / force user sessions to force the update of the cache on the client computers.

It is possible to check the application of the GPO using the command GPRESULT / R.

At the same time, go to the server where the folders are redirected and check the creation of the folders.

On the posts, check the folder redirection. Open the Windows file explorer and go to the properties of the Documents folder. You should normally see the network location 1 .

On the Windows 10 capture, we also see the synchronization icon on the Office and Documents folders.

Optimized for desktop computers

In this part, I will show you how to disable offline files for fixed phones. These computers must always be connected to networks This feature is not necessary and can be a problem.

For easier targeting, I advise you to put your desktop computer in an OU different from laptops.

Create a new strategy on one of the OUs where the 1 computers are stored.

Nouvelle strategie sur l'OU des postes

Name the GPO 1 and click OK 2 .

Nommer la GPO

Go to Allow or disallow the use of the 1 offline files feature found in: Computer Configuration> Policies> Administrative Templates> Network> Offline File. Double-click on it to open it.

Aller aux paramètres des fichiers hors connexions

Check the Disable 1 setting to remove the offline files feature. Click the Apply 2 and OK 3 buttons.

Désactiver le parametre

Close the strategy editor.

Check the parameters of the GPO 1 .

Vérifier les parametres de la GPO

If necessary, link the GPO to the different OR where you have desktop computers.

The GPO will be applied at the next restart of the stations.

When applied, offline file options are no longer available.