Configure Documents Redirection

By default, Windows EBS uses the UserMyDocs shared folder on the Management Server to redirect users' Documents folders. To use a different folder, follow these steps:

  • Configure a shared folder with security-enhanced permissions.
  • Specify that the shared folder (for example, \\AdvWorks-Management\RedirectDocs) is the target folder for Documents redirection.


You can redirect a user's Documents folder to the shared folder, or you can leave the Documents folder on the user's client computer. If you redirect it, the Documents folder is redirected to \TargetFolder<EM>UserName\Documents (for example, \AdvWorks-Management\RedirectDocs<EM>UserName\Documents).

Configure a shared folder with enhanced permissions

To configure a shared folder with security-enhanced permissions

  1. Log on to a server with an administrator account.

  2. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Explore.

  3. If the folder that you want to share does not exist, right-click the folder tree, click New, and then click Folder. Type the name of the new folder.

  4. Right-click the folder that you want to share, and then click Properties.

  5. To share the folder, do the following:

    1. In the FolderProperties dialog box, click the Sharing tab, and then click Share.
    2. In the File Sharing dialog box, click Everyone in the list, click Add, and then click Share.
    3. Click Done.
  6. To configure NTFS permissions for the shared folder, do the following:

    1. In the Folder Properties dialog box, click the Security tab, click Edit, and then click Advanced.

    2. In the Advanced Security Settings dialog box, click the Permissions tab, and then click Edit.

    3. On the Permissions tab, clear the Include heritable permissions from the object's parent check box. In the Windows Security dialog box, click Copy.

    4. On the Permissions tab, if the Domain Admins entry does not appear under Permission entries, click Add. Then, in the Select User, Computer, or Group dialog box, type the entry, and then click OK.

    5. Choose each of the following permission entries from the Permission entries list, and then click Edit:

      Permission Entry Apply to Permissions


      Subfolders and Files Only

      Full Control


      This Folder, Subfolders, and Files

      Full Control

      Domain Admins

      This Folder, Subfolders, and Files

      Full Control


      This Folder Only

      Traverse Folder/Execute File

      List Folder/Read Data

      Read Attributes

      Create Folder/Append Data

    In the Permission Entry dialog box, choose the corresponding Apply to and Permissions values from the lists.

  7. Click OK in all of the dialog boxes, and then in FolderProperties, click Close.

Specify a shared folder for Documents redirection


You must use an account that is in the Domain Admins group to perform this procedure.

To specify a shared folder for redirecting users' Documents folders

  1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Windows Essential Business Server, and then click Windows Essential Business Server Administration Console.

  2. Click the Users and Groups tab, and then click the User Management page.

  3. In the tasks pane, click Choose folder for Documents redirection.

  4. In the Choose Documents Redirection Folder dialog box, type the path to the shared folder, or click Browse to locate the folder.

  5. To update the Group Policy settings for folder redirection, click OK.


If you change the shared folder to redirect the Documents folders, all redirected Documents folders are moved automatically to the new location.