Is there a way to trigger a user's logon event to force the creation of a folder redirection profile

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I am setting up folder redirection on a PC in our domain. I need to add files to the profile folders after they are redirected. The problem is, Everyone needs to login at least once for the system to create their profile folder on the network share before I can access it to deliver the extra files. These users run a 24 hour rotating shift and it could take several days for all of them to finally getting my note to login on the specified computer.

Is there a way to trigger a users login/logoff event if I don't know or even want to know the password? Can I simulate it? I just need the computer to go through it's logon steps for each user. Am I approaching this problem in a screwy way? Please help.

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  1. Gary Reynolds 9,406 Reputation points


    Have a look at this page which provides the details of GPO logon scripts.


  2. Limitless Technology 39,506 Reputation points


    Thank you for your question and reaching out.

    I can understand you wish to apply Folder Redirection GPO without user Log off and Login again.

    Unfortunately, while a user is logged in, there is no way to compel folder redirection. If folder redirection policies are present, even a gpupdate /force prompts for a logoff.

    If you are deploying this to the entire org, I would message a scheduled "maintenance" to all users letting them know that all PCs will be restarted after hours on Some day. Script a domain-wide restart and apply the policy at the same time. Then everyone finds themselves in a predicament where they must log back in the following morning.

    Even then i'd still copy over all contents to the new location overnight to minimize server load/syncing offline files when the whole company comes in and logs in at the same time the next morning.

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