JSI Tip 9989. The My Documents folder is empty after Group Policy is configured to redirect the folder to a new shared location in Windows Server 2003?

When you have group policy enabled to redirect the user's My Documents folder to a shared location, a user can save files in the shared My Documents folder.

If you change the policy setting to redirect the My Documents folder to a different shared location, and a user logs onto a new computer, their My Documents folder will be empty.

This behavior will occur because there is no local cache in the new computer that records the location of the old shared folder, so the documents are not moved.

To workaround this behavior, manually copy the documents from the old shared folder to the new shared folder.

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