In Windows 2000, you can use the Group Policy Editor to change the location of the following:

Application Data

Desktop

My Documents

My Pictures

Start menu

Here is an example of how to change the location of the Desktop folder in your domain:

01. Open Active Directory Users and Computers in the Administrative Tools group.

02. Right-click your Domain and select Properties.

03. On the Group Policies tab, press Default Domain Policy and press Edit.

04. In the Group Policy. Press User Configuration / Windows Settings / Folder Redirection.

05. Right-click the Desktop Folder and press Properties.

06. On the Target tab, select Advanced - Specify the location for various user groups.

07. Press Add. In the Security Group Membership box, press Browse to display the Groups. Select one from the list.

08. Enter a UNC path for the Desktop folder in Target Folder Location.

09. On the Settings tab, clearing the Grant the user... box would leave the permissions unchanged.

10. Clearing the Move the contents.... box would NOT move the desktop folder.

11. Select the action you desire in the Policy Removal box.

12. Press Apply and OK.

13. Close the Group Policy Editor.

When a user logs on, the redirection policy will be implemented.

You might want to trigger a GPO resfresh, SECEDIT /REFRESHPOLICY USER_POLICY /ENFORCE.

The result of the policy can be seen at:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

Name: AppData
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Data: %USERPROFILE%\Application Data

Name: Desktop
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Data: %USERPROFILE%\Desktop

Name: Personal
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Data: %USERPROFILE%\My Documents

Name: My Pictures
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Data: %USERPROFILE%\My Documents\My Pictures

Name: Start Menu
Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Data: %USERPROFILE%\Start Menu