DFS and My Documents redirection issue

Discussion in 'File Systems' started by Stephen Liffen, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. Hi all,

    First of all, many thanks to any one who can help us with our problem and
    apologies for cross posting.

    We are in the process of rolling out two Win2K servers to remote sites and
    want to use DFS to let our users access their data. We would also like to
    set up My Documents folder redirection using GP.

    When we try to do this we get the following errors logged in the application
    log on the Windows 2000 or Windows XP terminal.

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: Userenv
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 1000
    Date: 8/4/2004
    Time: 6:09:59 PM
    Computer: HE14_13
    The Group Policy client-side extension Folder Redirection was passed flags
    (0) and returned a failure status code of (4350).

    Event Type: Error
    Event Source: Folder Redirection
    Event Category: None
    Event ID: 106
    Date: 8/4/2004
    Time: 6:09:59 PM
    User: MOTTINGHAM\markb
    Computer: HE14_13
    Failed to perform redirection of folder My Documents. The full source path
    was \\server\users\staff\markb. The full destination path was
    \\domain\dfs\location\markb. At least one of the shares on which these paths
    lie is currently offline.

    Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

    Stephen Liffen
    Network Manager
    Hadlow College
    Stephen Liffen, Aug 4, 2004
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  2. After the users logon are they able to access the source path
    \\server\users\staff\markb and the destination path
    Is offline files enabled?

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  3. Stephen Liffen

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    This event appears, if folder redirection is configured and <destination> is
    unreachable at the time of redirection. <folder> remains at the previous
    Trivial reasons might be misspelled paths and lack of permissions on the
    given path. Further, if you redirect to a Dfs path, be sure to disable the
    "offline files" function for at least the underlying server share.
    "IntelliMirror Tips and Tricks" says:
    "Offline Folders Tips and Tricks
    - Do not put the server share in a Distributed File System (DFS) tree
    - Using offline folders located in a Distributed File System (Dfs) tree is
    not supported. If you do put shares configured for offline use in a Dfs
    tree, unexpected behavior, such as Access Denied errors, may occur when
    moving from an offline to online state.
    - When specifying a Dfs path, use the fully qualified domain name of your
    domain instead of the shortened NetBIOS name."
    I have got the above error when setting the redirection for My documents to
    be the user's home directory (a new option in Windows 2003 server). This
    translated on the client computer to %HOMESHARE%%HOMEPATH%. When I changed
    the setting in the GPO to a full path for shared folder, instead of the home
    directory, the redirection succeeded OK. I guess that the environment
    variables %HOMESHARE% or %HOMEPATH% are not avaialable during the login
    stage when the redirection happens, or at least not under Windows 2000,
    which was the client operating system.

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