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Redirect special folders to the root directory

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 root directory

  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\User 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 Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same location.

  5. Under Target folder location, click Create a folder for each user under the root path.

  6. In Root Path, type a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path (for example, \\servername\sharename), and then click OK.

  7. 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.

  • The user name and folder name are appended to the UNC path automatically.

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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