With folder redirection group policy settings, you can redirect user profile folders to a network share. When a folder is redirected, all data is stored directly on the network share during the user session.

You can use these settings to redirect folders that must be highly available. View Persona Management copies updates from the local user profile to the remote profile as often as once a minute, depending on the value you set for the profile upload interval. However, if a network outage or failure on the local system occurs, a user's updates since the last replication might not be saved in the remote profile. In situations where users cannot afford a temporary loss of a few minutes of recent work, you can redirect those folders that store this critical data.

The following rules and guidelines apply to folder redirection:

When you enable this setting for a folder, you must type the UNC path of the network share to which the folder is redirected.

If %username% is not part of the folder path that you configure, View Persona Management appends %username% to the UNC path.

As a best practice, configure the folder path to include %username%, but make sure that the last subfolder in the path uses the name of the redirected folder, such as My Videos. The last folder in the path is displayed as the folder name on the user's desktop. For details, see Configuring Paths for Redirected Folders.

You configure a separate setting for each folder. You can select particular folders for redirection and leave others on the local View desktop. You can also redirect different folders to different UNC paths.

If a folder redirection setting is disabled or not configured, the folder is stored on the local View desktop and managed according to the View Persona Management group policy settings.

If View Persona Management and Windows roaming profiles are configured to redirect the same folder, View Persona Management's folder redirection takes precedence over Windows roaming profiles.

Folder redirection applies only to applications that use the Windows shell APIs to redirect common folder paths. For example, if an application writes a file to %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming, the file is written to the local profile and not redirected to the network location.

You can redirect the following folders to a network share:

Application Data (roaming)








My Documents

My Music

My Pictures

My Videos

Network Neighborhood

Printer Neighborhood

Recent Items

Save Games


Start Menu

Startup Items


Temporary Internet Files

Certain folders are available only in Windows Vista and later operating systems.