Duplicate folders may appear after enabling Folder Redirection

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When redirecting a user profile folder or folders using Group Policy, if the option "Move the contents of <folder> to the new location" is not selected there will be duplicate folders created in a user profile: one pointing to the redirected location and one on the local hard drive. Unless this option is selected, a duplicate link will be left behind, even when that folder is completely empty.


This behavior is by design.


Local copies of the user profile folder(s) may be safely deleted if they are empty.
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Article ID: 2533930 - Last Review: April 7, 2011 - Revision: 1.0
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