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Google Chrome after update no longer reads user data from redirected location

Product: ProfileUnity          

Product Version: All

Expires on: 365 days from publish date

Updated: March 14, 2017

 

Problem:

After updating Google Chrome to version 57.0.2987.98+, the user google profile no longer persists between sessions and all configuration including bookmarks are missing. 

 

Symptoms:

 

Folder Redirection is in place of Local Application Data

Example: \\server\share\%username%\AppData\Local

Example: M:\AppData\Local

Each time after logon Google Chrome is opened "Google Welcome" page is loaded.

Example:

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Possible Resolution:

Newer version of Google Chrome no longer checks the user's "Shell Folder" location for the AppData registry location.

There are number of ways to let Google Chrome know where the User Data Directory is stored.

 

Option 1) Adding "Registry" rule to ProfileUnity configuration:

  • Action: Add Value
  • Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
  • Key: SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Chrome
  • Type: REG_SZ
  • Value: UserDataDir
  • Data: H:\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

(The "Data" is where you store your google data, could be a UNC or Mapped Drive)

Save and Update the ProfileUnity configuration in ini path.

 

Option 2) Configuring Google GPO setting using Google Chrome ADM template.

Computer Configuration>Policies>Administrative Templates>Google>Google Chrome>"Set user data directory"

 

Option 3) By modifying desktop shortcut used to open Google Chrome.

Example of Shortcut path: 

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --user-data-dir="H:\appdata\local\Google\Chrome\User Data"

 

Note: Users with ProfileUnity's ProfileDisk are not affected. 

 

References:

http://dev.chromium.org/administrators/policy-list-3#UserDataDir 

https://www.chromium.org/user-experience/user-data-directory

 

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