I need to redirect ‘C:\Documents and Settings’ to drive D:\

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Group Policy management
Group Policy Objects
Windows XP SP3. I worked on a project recently where we had to install pre-imaged machines and do the final tweaking for the End User. What I noticed was, instead of the vulnerable C: drive carrying this critical section of personal data, it had been redirected over to a safe zone of drive D:Documents and Settings etc.. I was told by an old LAN Admin friend of mine that it should be buried in the local GPO vs. the domain GPO? Though I am working towards a Domain with Terminal Services and Roaming Profiles, I'm not quite ready to engage that task set. Can anyone point to the section in the local GPO that allows me to do that? I've read all of the possible polices available, so I think, but my eyes are glazing over trying to find it..anyone?

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As “tbennett” says in the discussion, see KB314843.

Using the unattend file to specify “D:\Documents and Settings” is the best method and in my opinion the only method to use for a business environment.

While you can manually move the folder and update most of the items to the moved location, there is no guarantee that you will find everything you need to update. Some items can either encode the location in a binary key or within a configuration file. Hunting all that down and repairing is a major undertaking. A manual move of the “Documents and Settings” root in a business setting where the systems must be stable is asking for random insoluble issues.

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  • Twbeebe
    Thank you for responding. I have been an A+ Tech since 1999, your answer is the common one. The one that I saw, was the whole directory, "C:\Documents and Settings", not just the "My Documents" folder. It moved everyone, Default User, All Users, etc.. and within the User's folders, it caused all of the MS ( Application Data, Nethood, Desktop, SendTo, Start Menu, Windows, etc ) subfolders to move and stay as well, I checked ? Expansion by anyone ? As a point of reference, these folders were in position prior to me bringing up the client and their files.
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  • Chris100
    No one reads the question? He wants to move "Documents and Settings" not "My Documents" I have read many posts and many read it the same way because I think the "My Documents" answer is easy. I am runnng Server 2003 with GPO. I really would like to make this happen Can any one offer some help. I have about 80 users on the system so doing each one would be to time consuming and changing the Reg each time a new one is added just not pratical so a GPO option would be great. Any hints really looked forward to.. Chris
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  • Tbennett
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314843 Moving the entire folder NOTE: This method does relocate key Windows components. Use this method only if you require the Documents and Settings folder to be moved or renamed and you cannot use the Unattend.txt file to change the name during installation. To specify a different folder for the entire Documents and Settings folder, including key system components, follow these steps: Log on to the computer as an administrator, and then create a new folder. In the current Documents and Settings folder, on the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab. Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click to clear the Hide extensions for known file types and Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check boxes. Click OK. Click and drag all the folders in the Documents and Settings folder to copy them to the new folder, except for the folder for the currently logged-on administrator. Log off and then log back on, using a different administrator account from the one that you just logged off from. Open the Documents and Settings folder again, and then copy the profile of the administrator that you just logged off from to the new folder. This extra step is needed because you cannot copy the profile of the account that is currently logged on. Log off the computer, and then again log on to the computer as an administrator. Start Registry Editor, and then click Find on the Edit menu. Type documents and settings, and then click Find Next. For every registry key or value that contains the original path, replace the value data or rename the value or registry key to the new path.IMPORTANT: You must complete this change in the registry for every instance of the original path, or your computer may not start. It is imperative that you update all registry keys and values with the new path. Restart the computer. You can now safely remove the original Documents and Settings folder. Now I know you want to do this with GPO, just in case you have no other choice.
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