A Simple Guide to Setup Folder Redirection in SBS 2011

First Task:  Create a Shared Folder and Assign Permission using the Provision Shared Folder Wizard

Double click on the Windows SBS Console on the desktop, click on Shared Folders and Website. On the Tasks pane Click on Add a new shared folder to start the Provision a Shared Folder Wizard.

Shared Folders and Websites

In the Provision a Shared Folder Wizard,  in Shared Folder Location page click on Browse and find the location of the folder, click on Next to continue.

Shared Folder location

In the NTFS Permission page, select Yes to change NTFS permissions. You may click on Add to select Users then grant them permission, click on OK when done, click on Next to continue.

NTFS and permissions

In the Share Protocols page, click on Next to continue.

Share Protocols

In the Quota Policy page, click on Next continue.

Quota Policy

In the File Screen Policy page, click on Next to continue.

File Screen Policy

In the DFS Namespace Publishing page, click on Next to continue.

DFS Namespace Policy

In the Review Settings and Create Share page click next, Click on Create, click close and exit the Wizard.

Review Settings and Create Share


Second Task: Redirect Folders for user Accounts to the Server

In the SBS Console’s Tasks pane, locate the User’s Account, (in this Tutorial I have created a testuser2 Account) then on the right pane choose Redirect folders for user accounts to the server.

In the Folder Redirection Properties page, select Folder Names and place the check marks on the folders you want to be redirected to the Server, click on OK.

In the Folder Redirection Properties page, select User Accounts to verify that testuser2 box is checked, click on OK.

Third Task: Apply Folder Redirection to Organization Unit (OU) in GPO

In the Group Policy Management Editor page, locate the OU and choose edit Group Policy;  Under User Configuration, go to User Configuration, click on Policies, click on Windows Settings, click on Folder redirection.

Right click on the Folder that you want it redirected to, in this Tutorial we’ll choose Document, under Setting choose Basic-Redirect everyone’s folder to the same location. In the Root Path, type the path, click on OK.

GPO-folder Redirection

Fourth Task: From the SBS Server Edit the Registry

Click Start, in the Search box type Regedit and choose Run as administrator.

Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer\Storage, set the value of FRShareName to RedirectedFolders, and then set the value of FRRootPath to the full path of the shared folder (C:\Files-Backup).

Close Regedit.

Final Task: Log on and log off to the User’s computer where the folder redirection has been applied to for about 3 times and see if it works. Check the Server as well to see if the redirection folders have been successfully applied.

Each of the redirection folder should be automatically configured and synchronized to the server and be available offline. From the User’s Computer Click on Tools, choose Synchronize and make sure that the Offline Files box is checked.

Items to Sync Offline

This concludes the Folder Redirection Tutorial.