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Folder Redirection Service Information

How to Request & Configure a DeSC Computer for Folder Redirection

  1. Fill out form to request service 

    https://oitforms.princeton.edu/SS/desc

  2. OIT will contact you and schedule the day
  3. SCAD/DCS or user will contact OIT on the day 30 minutes before the user is scheduled to leave for the day
  4. In command window – type gpupdate /force
  5. Reboot the computer
  6. Log into the domain account of the user of the machine (you should see Folder Redirection which can from 10 minutes to over an hour to complete)
  7. User may go home or to lunch
    If you don’t see Folder Redirection after logging in  -- Run through steps 4-6 again

Machine will automatically lock 10 minutes after it completes redirecting the proile folders in the logged on domain account.

Restoring a file or folder from Snapshot (Previous Versions)

Snapshots (Previous Versions) are available on the local computer by right clicking on the folder or file and selecting "Restore Previous Version" from the action menu.

TSM Backup client does not back up the data in the Redirected Folder.

 

Technical Notes

Data Recovery

Redirected Computer Hard Disk Failure

  • Use below contact information to temporarily request a second machine to access user redirected folder profile data
  •  Once request is processed have user log onto temporary machine (takes approximately 5-10 minutes for the redirection to complete with an average amount of data)
  • Repair and Set up user’s DeSC machine following DeSC Rollout instructions
  • Have user log onto newly setup DeSC machine (as stated above it will take approximately 5-10 minutes for the desktop to appear the first time the user logs in). 
  • Send request using below contact information to remove temporary machine out of Folder Redirection Policy

Contact Information

If there are any problems please contact:

desc@princeton.edu

(609) 258-6034

  • If any Domain account logs onto any DeSC Computer participating in the DeSC Folder Redirection Service certain folders in the user's profile will be redirected to the network share. Click here to review how each folder in the Profile is configured for Folder Redirection.
  • If any Domain Account logs into any Domain machine not participating in the DeSC Folder Redirection Service  the user's profile will be stored locally on the machine: 
     

Known Issues

  • Issue with some applications like Roxio   - Can’t save large files (~2GB) to Profile redirected  folders since they are redirected
    • Will need to save to a non-redirected profile location (see below for non-redirected folders in profile)
      c:\users\default\Saved Games is a profile folder that can be used for this purpose

 

DeSC Profile Folder Redirection Folder Location

Profile Folder

Configuration Status

AppData

Not Configured (Local Machine)

Desktop

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Start Menu

Not Configured (Local Machine)

Documents

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Pictures

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Music

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Videos

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Favorites

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Contacts

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Downloads

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Links

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Searches

Configured for Folder Redirection (Network Share)

Saved Games

Not Configured (Local Machine)