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AppData/roamming are not redirected to the share folder that we specify


Christos Liatsos

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we are trying to redirect the Appdata folder of our new windows 2019 server to a specific share folder and is redirected to the local path of windows. We are setting up the redirections through wem policies.

please keep in mind that for the older version of 2012 servers the redirection is working fine.

Actions done so far:

1)we have change the OU of the 2019 machine to 2012 without any success.

2) we have created a new test OU and then block policy inheritance.

3)we have verified that we are only using the policies from wem

4)configuration set on wem for 2019 servers are the same as the 2012

 

Do you have any suggestions or any other actions?

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18 hours ago, James Kindon said:

Don’t redirect appdata. It’s one of the worst and oldest fail practices in the book. 
 

Simply manage your profile appropriately. File or Container tech is fine. 
 

There are many posts online about why you shouldn’t do this

which book are you mentioned James?  Can you please provide us some evidence about that you said?

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It has always worked as expected (in my experience on older OS and new), the problem is, the "as expected" is awful from a performance perspective and is just a bad practice in this day and age

 

Using containers is designed to keep AppData IN the profile, not redirect it out of the profile. You can manage appdata within a profile using both container and file based technology. One requires management to streamline it (file) the other requires space so that you can ignore it entirely (container) and just leave it alone

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After a long troubleshot we found the below exception in WEM Agent log:

VuemUsvSettingsController.ProcessApplicationsDataFolder() : AppData Folder Redirection Settings Update Detected

 

Exception -> VuemUsvSettingsController.ExecuteEntityPolicySettings() : The copy functions cannot be used. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007010A)

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6 hours ago, James Kindon said:

It has always worked as expected (in my experience on older OS and new), the problem is, the "as expected" is awful from a performance perspective and is just a bad practice in this day and age

 

Using containers is designed to keep AppData IN the profile, not redirect it out of the profile. You can manage appdata within a profile using both container and file based technology. One requires management to streamline it (file) the other requires space so that you can ignore it entirely (container) and just leave it alone

James really glad I found you in this topic section. I would like to ask you and Jeff if it never mend to work (AppData being redirected to "data" folder and instead remain on users` profile) why did they gave this option? Even though, they might have learnt it "on the go" shouldn't be given an updated "best practice documentation"? Thanks

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So it's like anything in the EUC landscape, the "can you" vs the "should you"

 

AppData redirection is a historical thing that felt like a good idea at the time, but over the years people realized how nasty it can be so adjusted accordingly. This isn't a new finding either, people have been posting impact assessment stuff for years (this for example is from 2015... https://stealthpuppy.com/folder-redirection-2015-part-1/)

 

Neither Citrix nor Microsoft have a stance on it. If you want to do it, then it can be done. Should you do it? That's up to you. They have options for all sorts of things that you "can" do, you wouldn't do most of them

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