Custom redirection

Tue, 2008-06-17 02:05 by iantheevil · Forum/category:

I was wondering if it were possible to use a GPO to redirect the users' "My Documents" to their home folders but block certain folders such as their "My Music" folder. I don't care too much what they have on their local PC (I'm new to the company and haven't had time to crack down on the users yet :P) but I would like to be able to redirect their personal documents in case of a serious problem. I know I can block their "My Pictures" folder from redirecting but I would like a lilttle more control. I am using a Windows 2003 SBS as the DC and the users are using XP Prof. Let me know if you have any tricks to accomplish this.

GPO can't do it

Tue, 2008-06-17 07:00 by admin

As you've already found, the GPO can't do it. It has an exception for the My Pictures subfolder, but not for the other ones.

The locations of these special folders are all stored in the user's registry at

HKEY_CURRENT_USER
 \Software
  \Microsoft
   \Windows
    \CurrentVersion
     \Explorer
      \Shell Folders

You could write some code that forces these entries to change, but I doubt that anybody can guarantee that there will be no adverse side effects. Some Windows code might set them back or other problems might crop up. There is also no guarantee that some or all of these aren't stored in some other place as well.

But keep looking. Perhaps somebody has found and tested a way to do this. Suitable public newsgroups to ask could be:

microsoft.public.windowsxp.network_web
microsoft.public.windowsxp.setup_deployment
microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage
microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin

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