Folder redirection set up

Step 1: Create a folder redirection folder and security security group

To create a file share on Windows Server

  1. Create a new folder called Folder Redirection.
  2. Right click the folder, properties, sharing tab, click Advanced Sharing, Tick the box, ‘Share this Folder’ type a name for the share (for example, Users$) in the Share namebox.
When creating the share, hide the share by putting a $ after the share name. This will hide the share from casual browsers.
  1. Set the Share permissions as Authenticated Users, Full Control.
  2. Under the Security Tab, click Advanced
  3. Click Disable inheritance, and then click Convert inherited permissions into explicit permission on this object.
  4. Remove any permissions that are not ‘SYSTEM’, your relevant administrators group, ‘CREATOR OWNER’ and the newly created redirected folders user group.
  1. Finally press OK.

Step 2: Create a GPO for Folder Redirection

If you do not already have a GPO created for Folder Redirection settings, use the following procedure to create one.

To create a GPO for Folder Redirection

  1. Open Server Manager on the server. Ensuring the Group Policy Management module is installed.
  2. In the Tools menu click Group Policy Management. 
  3. Right-click the domain or OU in which you want to setup Folder Redirection and then click Create a GPO in this domain, and Link it here.
  4. In the New GPO dialog box, type a name for the GPO, and then click OK.
  5. Disable the GPO by deselecting the ‘Link enabled’ option on the policy until you’re done configuring it.
  6. Select the GPO. In the Security Filtering section of the Scope tab, select Authenticated Users, and then click Remove.
  7. In the Security Filtering section, click Add.
  8. In the Select User, Computer, or Group dialog box, type the name of the security group you created in Step 1 (for example, Folder Redirection Users), and then click OK.

Step 3: Configure folder redirection

After creating a GPO for Folder Redirection settings, edit the Group Policy settings to enable and configure Folder Redirection, as discussed in the following procedure.

To configure Folder Redirection in Group Policy

  1. In Group Policy Management, right-click the GPO you created (for example, Folder Redirection Settings), and then click Edit.
  2. In the Group Policy Management Editor window, navigate to User Configuration, then Policies, then Windows Settings, and then Folder Redirection.
  3. Right-click a folder that you want to redirect (for example, Documents), and then click Properties.
  4. In the Properties dialog box, from the Setting box click Basic – Redirect everyone’s folder to the same location.

  1. In the Target folder location section, click Create a folder for each user under the root path and then in the Root Path box, type the path to the file share storing redirected folders, for example: \\fileserver\users$
  2. Click the Settings tab, and in the Policy Removal section, optionally click Redirect the folder back to the local userprofile location when the policy is removed.
  3. Click OK, and then click Yes in the Warning dialog box.

Step 4: Disable Offline Files (optional)

  1. Open Group Policy Management.
  2. In the console tree, right-click the GPO for which you want to configure the Folder Redirection settings and then click Edit.
  3. In the console tree, under User Configuration, Policies, Administrative Templates, System, and Folder Redirection.
  4. Right-click Do not automatically make specific redirected folders available offline and then click Edit. .
  5. Click Enabled. 

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