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Redirect to the local profile location based on security group membership

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To redirect special folders to the local profile location based on security group membership

  1. Open a Group Policy object that is linked to the site, domain, or organizational unit that contains the users whose special folders you want to redirect.

  2. In the console tree, double-click Folder Redirection to display the special folder that you want to redirect.


    • Group Policy object\Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Folder Redirection

  3. Right-click the special folder that you want to redirect (for example, Desktop or My Documents), and then click Properties.

  4. On the Target tab, in Setting, click Advanced - Specify locations for various user groups.

  5. Click Add.

  6. In the Specify Group and Location dialog box, under Security Group Membership, type the name of the security group, or click Browse to search for it.

  7. Under Target Folder Location, click Redirect to the local user profile location, and then click OK.

  8. In the properties dialog box for the special folder, click OK.


  • To complete this procedure, you must be logged on as a member of the Domain Administrators security group, the Enterprise Administrators security group, or the Group Policy Creator Owners security group.

  • To open Group Policy Object Editor, see Related Topics.

  • This procedure is useful for returning redirected folders to their original, default location.

  • If you change the setting to No administrative policy specified on the Target tab of the properties dialog box for a special folder, you do not cause the special folder to be redirected back to its default location.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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