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Additional Group Policy Settings for Folder Redirection

You can configure additional behavior for Folder Redirection by using the following Group Policy settings:

  • Use Localized Subfolder Names When Redirecting Start And My Documents You can find this setting under Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates \System\Folder Redirection and User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates \System\Folder Redirection; it applies only to computers running Windows Vista or later versions. Administrators can use this setting to specify whether Folder Redirection should use localized names for the All Programs, Startup, My Music, My Pictures, and My Videos subfolders when redirecting the parent Start menu and legacy My Documents folder, respectively. Enabling this policy setting causes Windows Vista and later versions to use localized folder names for these subfolders in the file system when redirecting the Start menu or legacy My Documents folder. Disabling this policy setting or leaving it Not Configured causes Windows Vista and later versions to use the standard English names for these subfolders when redirecting the Start menu or legacy My Documents folder. (This policy is valid only when Windows Vista and later versions computers process an older redirection policy already deployed for these folders in an existing localized environment.)
  • Do Not Automatically Make Redirected Folders Available Offline You can find this user setting under User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System \Folder Redirection; it applies to computers running Windows XP or later versions. By default, all redirected shell folders are available for offline use. This setting lets you change this behavior so that redirected shell folders are not automatically available for offline use. (Users can still choose to make files and folders available offline, however.) Enabling this setting forces users to select the files manually if they want to make them available offline. Disabling this setting or leaving it Not Configured automatically makes redirected folders available offline (including subfolders within these redirected folders). Enabling this setting, however, does not prevent files from being automatically cached if the network share is configured for Automatic Caching, nor does it affect the availability of the Make Available Offline menu option in the user interface. (Do not enable this setting unless you are sure that users will not need access to their redirected files if the network share becomes unavailable.)

Note Some policy settings for managing Offline Files can also affect Folder Redirection behavior because Folder Redirection subscribes to Offline Files. You can find these policy settings under Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Network\ Offline Files and User Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Network\Offline Files. Before you configure any of these Offline Files policy settings, be sure to investigate what impact (if any) they may have on Folder Redirection if you have implemented it in your environment. For more information concerning Group Policy settings for Offline Files, see the section titled "Managing Offline Files Using Group Policy" later in this tutorial.

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In this tutorial:

  1. Managing Users and User Data
  2. Understanding User Profiles in Windows 7
  3. Types of User Profiles
  4. User Profile Namespace
  5. User Profile Namespace in Windows XP
  6. User Profile Namespace in Windows Vista and Windows 7
  7. Application Compatibility Issue
  8. Disabling Known Folders
  9. Windows 7 Understanding Libraries
  10. Working with Libraries
  11. Including Indexed Folders in a Library
  12. Adding Nonindexed Remote Locations to a Library
  13. Creating Additional Libraries
  14. Managing Libraries
  15. Implementing Corporate Roaming
  16. Understanding Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection
  17. Understanding Roaming User Profiles in Earlier Versions of Windows
  18. Understanding Folder Redirection in Earlier Versions of Windows
  19. Enhancements to Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection Previously Introduced in Windows Vista
  20. Additional Enhancements to Roaming User Profiles and Folder Redirection Introduced in Windows 7
  21. Improved First Logon Performance With Folder Redirection
  22. Implementing Folder Redirection
  23. Configuring the Redirection Method
  24. Configuring Target Folder Location
  25. Configuring Redirection Options
  26. Configuring Policy Removal Options
  27. Folder Redirection and Sync Center
  28. Considerations for Mixed Environments
  29. Additional Group Policy Settings for Folder Redirection
  30. Troubleshooting Folder Redirection
  31. Implementing Roaming User Profiles
  32. Creating a Default Network Profile
  33. Configuring a User Account to Use a Roaming Profile
  34. Implementing Mandatory Profiles
  35. Implementing Super-Mandatory Profiles
  36. Managing User Profiles Using Group Policy
  37. Working with Offline Files
  38. Enhancements to Offline Files Introduced Previously in Windows Vista
  39. Additional Enhancements to Offline Files Introduced in Windows 7
  40. Understanding Offline File Sync
  41. Modes of Operation in Offline Files
  42. Managing Offline Files
  43. Managing Offline Files Using Windows Explorer
  44. Managing Offline Files Using the Offline Files Control Panel
  45. Managing Offline Files Using Sync Center
  46. Configuring Offline Files on the Server
  47. Managing Offline Files Using Group Policy
  48. Offline Files Policy Settings Introduced in Windows Vista
  49. Additional Offline Files Policy Settings for Windows 7