Help to remove settings from Default Domain Policy

Drew Prince 1 Reputation point
2022-08-25T01:11:18.443+00:00

Hello,
I have inherited someone's fantastic environment.

Issue
During GPUPDATE /FORCE for all devices, they are presented with warning "The Group Policy Client Side Extension Folder Redirection was unable to apply one or more settings because ...". And will prompt them to logoff or restart (I forget).

After logging off or restarting, same thing happens. Never goes away.

Findings
GPRESULT /H blah.html using an elevated prompt shows that ONLY the Default Domain Policy has settings for Folder Redirection. There is no other setting relating to Folder Redirection.

....and...

When I view those GP settings, the values are "Setting: Not Configured". This is for :
User Config > Windows Settings > Folder Redirection >

  • Documents
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos

If you go into the settings, there is no way to select a different option that would help remove this. It is like someone configured it once, then tried to undo it, but it doesn't get completely rid of the extension requirements.

So, any tips on how to remove these from the default policy so there is absolutely no reference to the Folder Redirection client side extension in hopes that this will allow GPUPDATE to complete without warnings?

Thanks for any tips, much appreciated

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  1. JimmySalian-2011 41,916 Reputation points
    2022-08-25T07:03:32.597+00:00

    Hi,

    The message is expected. This behave is by design. Folder Redirection and Software Installation Policies require the synchronous policy application. The gpupdate /force start a asynchronous policy refresh, the system sets a flag that indicates that the application of Folder Redirection or a software installation policy is required. The flag forces synchronous application of the policy at the user’s next logon.

    If the CSE is not used (and the functionality of Folder Redirection can be mostly replaced by GPP Registry items instead), then it is possible to use "asynchronous" processing, which is considerably faster.

    If you want to investigate further into the GPP settings you will need to check whether the eventlogs and enable debugging.

    Please check the architecture for Folder Redirection process - cc787939(v=ws.10)

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