Thursday, February 10, 2011

Windows 7 interprets redirected user folder as "My Documents" instead of username

So, we noticed after firing up a bunch of Windows 7 machines and applying the same My Documents redirection we did before, that many of the Users directories on the server changed from the username (joe.schmoe) to “My Documents”. Now, they didn’t really get renamed, they just “appear” that way to a Windows 7 computer.

Windows 7 will read the desktop.ini file inside the users directory and make the folder appear to be named differently. Way to go Microsoft!

Another solution we found is that when you browse the folder with all your campuses “my docs”, add a custom column called “filename” and it will show you who’s folder really exists in the directory.

Have a great day!