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Troubleshooting Folder Redirection

A common issue with Folder Redirection occurs when administrators precreate target folders instead of allowing Folder Redirection policies to create these folders automatically. Typically, the problems that arise result from one of three causes:

  • The target folder does not exist.
  • The target folder has incorrect NTFS permissions.
  • The user is not the owner of the target folder.

The Folder Redirection extension (Fdeploy.dll) logs events in the Application log, so be sure to check this log if you experience problems with Folder Redirection. In addition, you can enable diagnostic logging of the Folder Redirection extension by configuring the FdeployDebugLevel registry value found under the following registry key:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Diagnostics Set

FdeployDebugLevel is a DWORD value that you should set to 0x0F to enable Folder Redirection debugging. In earlier versions of Windows, the resulting log file is saved under %WinDir%\Debug\UserMode\Fdeploy.log. In Windows Vista and later versions, however, adding this registry key simply means that more detailed information on Folder Redirection activity is logged in the event logs.

Note The failure of Folder Redirection policies affects the Folder Redirection extension (Fdeploy.dll) only on a per-folder basis.

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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