Modify the Group Policy objects


When you change the location of a redirected folder, do not move the redirected folder data manually. AD DS automatically moves the data (preserving your security settings) from the old folder to the new folder.


If a user with redirected folders is already logged on when you start this migration, the redirected data for this user does not move until the next time the user logs on. It may take some time for all users to log out and log back on, so do not delete the old shared folder.


If a user is logged on to a computer when you change the Group Policy settings and then that user logs on to another computer without logging off the first computer, the user’s redirected files may have conflicts between the old and new locations (for example, two files could have the same name and different content). When there is a conflict, the new version of the file replaces the old version.

To redirect folders

  1. In the left pane of the Group Policy Management Console, expand your forest and domain.

  2. Find the Winning GPO. (You noted the Winning GPO in the Look for redirected folders in your Group Policy objects section earlier in this document.)


    If you have multiple GPOs with folder redirection settings, you need to perform the following steps on all the GPOs to move all the redirected folders.

  3. Right-click the GPO, and click Edit. The Group Policy Management Editor appears.

  4. In the left pane of the Group Policy Management Editor, expand User Configuration, expand Policies, expand Windows Settings, and then expand Folder Redirection.

  5. Follow these steps for each redirected folder:

    1. In the left pane of the Group Policy Management Editor, right-click the folder, and then click Properties.

    2. On the Target tab, click Browse, and then select the folder that you shared on the Management Server. To find this shared folder, expand Network, and then expand the name of the Management Server. Select the new folder, and then click OK.

    3. On the Settings tab, select the Move the contents of Documents to the new location check box. For security reasons, it is recommended that you also select the Grant the user exclusive rights to Documents check box.

    4. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.

  6. Close Group Policy Management Editor.