Folder Redirection

Folder redirection is an optional feature in Microsoft Windows that repoints your Desktop and Documents folders to a network storage or cloud location.

Note: Rice OIT no longer supports folder redirection to network storage locations, and centrally managed folder redirection policies were removed from user profiles during the U Drive decommissioning project. Users that still want to make use of folder redirection may elect to use the “Back up your folders” feature of Microsoft OneDrive.

How can I set up Folder Redirection to OneDrive?

Users that wish to use folder redirection should use the “Back up your folders” feature of OneDrive. This feature points your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders to OneDrive so that these folders will be stored in OneDrive in the cloud instead of locally on your machine.

When signing into OneDrive on a Rice-managed machine, use your as the username to be sure that you are connecting to your Rice OneDrive account.

You can configure folder redirection to OneDrive by doing the following:

1. Open OneDrive settings by selecting the OneDrive cloud icon in your notification area, click on the gear icon and choose “Settings. “

OneDrive menu

2. Go to the Backup up tab and select Manage Back up.

OneDrive Properties dialog box

3. Select any folders that you wish to back up to OneDrive.

Select folders to backup to OneDrive

4. Select “Start backup” to synchronize the selected folders to OneDrive.

For more detailed information, please see Microsoft’s documentation here.

Note – Data that you back up to OneDrive can be accessible from anywhere you access OneDrive.

See the following KB link for more information about Microsoft OneDrive at Rice:

Keywords:folder redirection OneDrive Back up   Doc ID:122344
Owner:Troy H.Group:Rice University
Created:2022-11-07 15:30 CDTUpdated:2023-02-01 10:25 CDT
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