[Samba] Changes to Folder Redirection

Bob Wooden bob at donelsontrophy.com
Mon Feb 3 21:53:22 UTC 2020

So, what is the difference between "Using Group Policy Folder 
Redirection" and "Using a Group Policy Preference"? Is it an either/or 
and _NOT both_ scenario?

Clearly the ". . . Policy Preference" is editing the registry settings 
of each workstation with a GPO. Something the " . . . Policy Folder 
Redirection" does not do.

Is not "Using a Group Policy Preference" a newer method than the other?


Bob Wooden

On 2/3/2020 2:43 PM, Rowland penny via samba wrote:
> On 03/02/2020 20:14, Bob Wooden via samba wrote:
>> I am having some issues that I believe might be related to folder 
>> redirection that has prompted me to review my folder redirection GPO 
>> settings.
>> On the "Configuring Windows Profile Folder Redirections" page of the 
>> Samba WIKI I find an 'information box' that says, /"//Windows does 
>> not support dynamically-generated user home folders provided by the 
>> Samba [homes] section. If you used this way to provide home folders, 
>> set up a group policy preference instead. See _Using a Group Policy 
>> Preference_.//"/ I take this info statement to mean that Windows does 
>> not create a new user folder and this is why we (admins) should 
>> create the new user folders manually on any member servers.
> The problem is that you can use [homes], but Windows cannot create the 
> required directory on a Linux computer. However, you can get Samba to 
> create it for you, as and when they first connect to the share, you 
> use 'root preexec' and Louis and I wrote a script to use with 'root 
> preexec', would you like a copy ?
>> When I set my folder redirection up (years ago) I followed the first 
>> section "Using Group Policy Folder Redirection".
>> Because all my workstations are W10 should I change to use "Using a 
>> Group Policy Preference"?
>> Is this considered the "newer/better" way to redirect with W10 
>> workstations?
>> And finally, when using "Using a Group Policy Preference" will 
>> Windows then create a new users home directory dynamically?
> You can use a GPO, but you still wouldn't get the directory created 
> automatically.
> Rowland

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