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Configuring Redirection Options

You can configure three redirection options for each Folder Redirection policy (but only two for certain policy settings). These redirection options are specified on the Settings tab of the policy setting.

Choosing additional redirection options and policy removal options on the Settings tab of a Folder Redirection policy.

The three redirection options available on the Settings tab are:

  • Grant The User Exclusive Rights To folder_name This option is selected by default and provides Full Control NTFS permissions on the redirected folder to the user to whom the policy is applied. For example, user Karen Joe ( would have Full Control permissions on the folder \\DOCSRV\DOCS\karen\Documents. In addition, the LocalSystem account has Full Control so that Windows can sync the contents of the local cache with the target folder. Changing this option after the policy has been applied to some users will only affect any new users who receive the policy, and the option will only apply to newly created folders. (If the folder already exists, ownership is the only item checked.)
    Clear this option if you want Folder Redirection to check the ownership of the folder. Also clear this option if you want to allow members of the Administrators group access to each user's redirected folder. (This requires that administrators have appropriate NTFS permissions assigned to the root folder.)
  • Move The Contents Of folder_name To The New Location This option is selected by default and causes any files the user has in the local folder to move to the target folder on the network share. Clear this option if you only want to use the Folder Redirection policy to create the target folders on the file server for users targeted by the GPO but want to leave users' documents on their local computers.
  • Also Apply Redirection Policy To Windows 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP And Windows Server 2003 Operating Systems This option is not selected by default and is available only for known folders that could be redirected on earlier versions of Windows, which include Documents, Pictures, Desktop, Start Menu, and Application Data. If you choose to redirect one of these folders by leaving this option cleared and then try to apply the policy, a dialog box will appear indicating that Windows wants to write this redirection policy in a format that only Windows Vista and later computers can understand. If you select this option and apply the policy setting, the policy will be written in a format that these earlier versions of Windows can understand.
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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