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What happens to folder redirection settings

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Category: ForensiT Support
Forum Name: Domain Migration
Forum Discription: User Profile Wizard questions, suggestions, comments and bug reports
Printed Date: 04 Jul 2020 at 3:47pm

Topic: What happens to folder redirection settings
Posted By: Hamish
Subject: What happens to folder redirection settings
Date Posted: 21 Nov 2018 at 6:24pm
Before attempting a user profile transfer from one WS2012R2 server to a new domain on a WS2016 server, I need to know what happens to the folder direction links. Do they remain pointing to the previous server, or do I have to reset them manually or by some other means?

Posted By: Support
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2018 at 2:17am
Folder redirection settings are transferred unchanged. You will need to reset them.

Posted By: Hamish
Date Posted: 22 Nov 2018 at 3:01pm
Thanks. I suspected that would be the case but couldn't find confirmation in the User Guide.
Are there any suggestions about the best approach to resetting folder redirection links?
Sorry if I've missed something obvious...

Posted By: dkelly
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2019 at 6:05pm
So I hope this may help someone else here that runs in to the same issue.

On our old DC, we had the documents and desktop folders redirected to our DC through GPO. I was very interested in trying this software after several painful DC migrations in the past and so after configuring our new AD environment with all GPO's for new folder redirects, I migrated my test PC and user account. Everything went flawlessly except for the wrong documents folder in the quick access bar and this pesky error that popped up everytime I logged a user account in that stated "The Recycle Bin on \\"old server"\redirectedfolders\user\Documents is corrupted" and an option to empty the recycle bin.

Even though the new GPO's worked and the documents folder was redirected to the new location, there was still the remnants of the old DC. I unpinned the non working documents folder and pinned the one from the new redirected location and preceded to drive myself a little crazy looking for a solution to the Recycle bin error.

Though a dialog box with no real consequence to the user account doesn't seem like much, asking 100+ employees to click yes or no to make this box disappear every time they log on to their workstations is something that would have gotten me fired.

But then after searching the internet forums far and wide and finding nothing I finally found it by running a search for the name of the old DC in regedit!

There are a few registry keys that need to be deleted on the machines that are having the issue:

"HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Personal"

"HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\My Documents"

"HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Desktop"

There may be more depending on how many profile folders were redirected, however look carefully at the string data and you will see the name of your former DC. Delete or update these keys and the remnants of the old redirection will disappear without having to remove redirects through GPO/ migrate to local profile/ migrate to new domain. I was able to directly migrate domain profiles from the old DC to the new forest almost seamlessly.

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