Desktop & My Documents redirect on P2P XP



Gordon Price
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
I know I can change the path where Windows put My Documents, but can I do
the same with the Desktop, especially on a Peer to Peer network? With
Windows Server I can manage folder redirect with Group Policy, but i wonder
if I can do this in a P2P situation.
Also, has anyone done Folder Redirect to a Peer Server? I have a small
office of 4 architects and a part time accountant, with a decent Dell server
machine running WindowsXP as a dedicated Peer Server. I am thinking I would
like to put everyone's Desktop, My Documents and outlook PST on the Peer
Server so it is backing up. Or is the better answer to have a script copy
that stuff to the server after hours? Any suggestions on best practice would
be greatly appreciated.

best,
Gordon

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:30 PM
Gordon,

You can relocate the My Documents folder by altering the "User Shell
Folders\Personal" registry path.

[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]

See also: Redirect My Documents Folder to a Network Share:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/learnmore/honeycutt.mspx

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Gordon Price" <gordon(thorn)@albedoconsulting.com> wrote in message
news:OFx8LGjWFHA.3876@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>I know I can change the path where Windows put My Documents, but can I do
>the same with the Desktop, especially on a Peer to Peer network? With
>Windows Server I can manage folder redirect with Group Policy, but i wonder
>if I can do this in a P2P situation.
> Also, has anyone done Folder Redirect to a Peer Server? I have a small
> office of 4 architects and a part time accountant, with a decent Dell
> server machine running WindowsXP as a dedicated Peer Server. I am thinking
> I would like to put everyone's Desktop, My Documents and outlook PST on
> the Peer Server so it is backing up. Or is the better answer to have a
> script copy that stuff to the server after hours? Any suggestions on best
> practice would be greatly appreciated.
>
> best,
> Gordon

Gordon Price
07-09-2005, 11:31 PM
"Ramesh, MS-MVP" <ramesh@online.mvps.org> wrote > You can relocate the My
Documents folder by altering the "User Shell
> Folders\Personal" registry path.
>
> [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
> Folders]

Thanks Ramesh. Any thoughts on how to do this with the Desktop. That is the
one giving me trouble. And my worry that this isn't a good idea in a P2P
situation.

Thanks,
Gordon

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:31 PM
Alter the path for "Desktop" here:
[HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
Example: Set "Desktop" to "Z:\Username\Desktop"

-and-

[HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
Example: Set "Common Desktop" to "Z:\All Users\Desktop"

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Gordon Price" <gordon(thorn)@albedoconsulting.com> wrote in message
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>
> "Ramesh, MS-MVP" <ramesh@online.mvps.org> wrote > You can relocate the My
> Documents folder by altering the "User Shell
>> Folders\Personal" registry path.
>>
>> [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
>> Folders]
>
> Thanks Ramesh. Any thoughts on how to do this with the Desktop. That is
> the one giving me trouble. And my worry that this isn't a good idea in a
> P2P situation.
>
> Thanks,
> Gordon
>

Casius
07-09-2005, 11:32 PM
Would it be possible to have the entire 'user' folder relocated from the
default ...\Documents and Settings\ subdirectory to another location entirely
- such as another parition?

"Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:

> Alter the path for "Desktop" here:
> [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
> Example: Set "Desktop" to "Z:\Username\Desktop"
>
> -and-
>
> [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
> Example: Set "Common Desktop" to "Z:\All Users\Desktop"
>
> --
> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
> Windows XP Shell/User
> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>
>
> "Gordon Price" <gordon(thorn)@albedoconsulting.com> wrote in message
> news:%23YDKSpjWFHA.2520@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> >
> > "Ramesh, MS-MVP" <ramesh@online.mvps.org> wrote > You can relocate the My
> > Documents folder by altering the "User Shell
> >> Folders\Personal" registry path.
> >>
> >> [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
> >> Folders]
> >
> > Thanks Ramesh. Any thoughts on how to do this with the Desktop. That is
> > the one giving me trouble. And my worry that this isn't a good idea in a
> > P2P situation.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Gordon
> >
>
>

Ramesh, MS-MVP
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
See "To move only user-specific data" in this article:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314843/

--
Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
Windows XP Shell/User
http://windowsxp.mvps.org


"Casius" <Casius@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Would it be possible to have the entire 'user' folder relocated from the
> default ...\Documents and Settings\ subdirectory to another location
> entirely
> - such as another parition?
>
> "Ramesh, MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> Alter the path for "Desktop" here:
>> [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
>> Folders]
>> Example: Set "Desktop" to "Z:\Username\Desktop"
>>
>> -and-
>>
>> [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
>> Folders]
>> Example: Set "Common Desktop" to "Z:\All Users\Desktop"
>>
>> --
>> Ramesh, Microsoft MVP
>> Windows XP Shell/User
>> http://windowsxp.mvps.org
>>
>>
>> "Gordon Price" <gordon(thorn)@albedoconsulting.com> wrote in message
>> news:%23YDKSpjWFHA.2520@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>> >
>> > "Ramesh, MS-MVP" <ramesh@online.mvps.org> wrote > You can relocate the
>> > My
>> > Documents folder by altering the "User Shell
>> >> Folders\Personal" registry path.
>> >>
>> >> [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell
>> >> Folders]
>> >
>> > Thanks Ramesh. Any thoughts on how to do this with the Desktop. That is
>> > the one giving me trouble. And my worry that this isn't a good idea in
>> > a
>> > P2P situation.
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> > Gordon
>> >
>>
>>


Desktop & My Documents redirect on P2P XP