Folder Redirection

A guide to how I do folder redirection.

Step-by-step guide

  • Create your share where you will keep the profile folders
    • For this example, the folder will be at D:\Profiles. 
    • Change SMB permissions to include “Everyone / Full control”
    • Change NTFS permissions to include:
      •  “System / Full Control / This folder, subfolder and files” 
      • “Administrators / Full Control / This folder, subfolder, and file,” 
      • “Creator Owner / Full Control / Subfolders and Files only” 
      • Domain Users / List folder, Read data, Create Folders, Append Data, Read Attributes, Read Extended Attributes, Read Permissions / This folder only”
    • Under Advanced Sharing…” change the share name to Profiles$.
    • If you are going to do offline file mode with these files, check off the option to allow files and programs that users specify to be available offline. 

  • Create a GPO as below, except grant user exclusive rights to <folder> should be disabled.:

  • Apply the GPO to the users container.

Location of Folder Redirection Registry Keys

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

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