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Folders on a Windows Vista-based client computer are not redirected as expected in a Windows Server 2003 domain

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Consider the following scenario:
  • In a Windows Server 2003 domain, you configure a Folder Redirection Group Policy object.
  • You have more than 256 security groups configured in the Folder Redirection Group Policy object.
However, when a user logs on to the domain from a Windows Vista-based client computer, the folders are not redirected to the location that is configured in the Group Policy object.

Note This issue does not occur on a Windows XP-based client computer.
This issue occurs because of a hard-coded limit for the Group Policy parser for the Folder Redirection Group Policy object. This hard-coded limit causes the parser to read only the first 256 folder redirection entries. Therefore, if a user is in a security group whose entry number is more than 256, the folders for that user will not be redirected.

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You have to restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other previously released hotfixes.

Registry information

To use this hotfix, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

File information

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
Windows Vista, 32-bit version
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Update.mumNot Applicable1,78727-Sep-200719:34Not Applicable
X86_48769702639bcd7f9748823c0c60c535_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20688_none_981a36ef009b9e5b.manifestNot Applicable69527-Sep-200719:34Not Applicable
X86_microsoft-windows-fdeploy_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20688_none_de0a716c6cef10d1.manifestNot Applicable24,87727-Sep-200719:34Not Applicable
Windows Vista, 64-bit version
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Amd64_cc53eb20b65d146f118ee6ee7b4307e9_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20688_none_a438cc39ec16c6a5.manifestNot Applicable1,03827-Sep-200719:34Not Applicable
Amd64_microsoft-windows-fdeploy_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6000.20688_none_3a290cf0254c8207.manifestNot Applicable24,90127-Sep-200719:38Not Applicable
Update.mumNot Applicable2,01027-Sep-200719:34Not Applicable
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.
More information
To configure the Folder Redirection Group Policy object, follow these steps:
  1. Open the Group Policy Object Editor.
  2. In the Group Policy Object Editor console tree, expand User Configuration, expand Windows Settings, and then expand Folder Redirection.
  3. Right-click the folder that you want to redirect, and then click Properties.
  4. On the Target tab, click Advanced - Specify locations for various user groups, and then specify the redirected folder locations for the various security groups.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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Article ID: 942220 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 10:05:00 - Revision: 4.0

Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Ultimate

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