Redirected folders become unavailable

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Roman Tumaykin, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm completely stuck here. I have Vista Business. My servers are at the
    colocation. I am accessing them with NCP Secure entry client VPN which
    allows me to establish a pre-Windows login VPN connection. Personal folders
    are located on a DFS share which can be accessed via
    \\domain\shares\personal\%username% or

    First I've tried to set up redirected folders via a group policy. Path was
    set to \\domain\shares\personal\%username%. All worked for the servers at
    the colo - all My Documents on them were redirected successfully. With Vista
    I was getting a Folder redirection error saying that it could not find a
    path (or syntax is incorrect). What? Just before I applied a policy I have
    tried to access that path and it worked... Then I tried to access that path
    with explorer and it is indeed throwing an error. Tried to access the path
    in the form of \\\shares\personal\%username% - and it worked in
    explorer. Went and changed group policy to use new path. Restarted. Same
    error. Now the new path is not accessible through explorer but the old path
    IS working fine.

    So I decided - screw it. I will redirect folders manually. Same thing! After
    I redirect them to a new location - after a reboot - everything is not

    Please help... What am I doing wrong...

    Thank you

    Roman Tumaykin, Nov 12, 2007
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  2. I've figured it out. Basically one of the DFS server's NetBIOS name was
    different than a DNS name. I did not have any WINS servers on my network,
    but DFS always used NetBIOS instead of DNS. I read an article about
    modifying DFS to use DNS instead, but decided that it is easier for me to
    add a WINS server and specify it in the VPN configuration.

    Now everything is working as it shoud. One thing though is that Win Server
    2003 policy moved all but Pictures folder to a DFS share.

    Not a problem though.


    Roman Tumaykin, Nov 13, 2007
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