Sync a redirected My Document folder with SkyDrive

I used this workaround before to sync My Documents folder with Dropbox. But apparently SkyDrive didn’t synced the symbolic link.

Mklink with the /j parameter works with local paths and drives, but I’m using redirected folders for “My Documents” (UNC path). So I needed to use mklink with the /d option. Creating the symbilic link wasn’t a problem, but SkyDrive wouldn’t sync it.

  • Close the SkyDrive application
  • Create a symbolic link with mklink:

Syntax: mklink /d “%userprofile%\SkyDrive\folderYouJustCreated” \\server\share$\profileName\documentsFolder

for example: mklink /d “%userprofile%\SkyDrive\Documents” “\\anatool\home$\devribe\My Documents”


  • Launch the SkyDrive application again, syncing will begin.


Sync “My Documents” folder with Dropbox

Syncronizing other folders than \My Dropbox is’n’t possible in current Dropbox client version. However by create a link to a folder in the My Dropbox folder you can sync any other folder to!

When you’re on Windows XP use Sysinternals Junction to create a link.
When your on Vista, Server 2008 or Windows 7, use the built in MKLINK command.

My situation was to link My Documents folder, which is redirected by a Group Policy, to \My Dropbox folder. On my client machine I installed Dropbox, configured My Dropbox folder to X:\My Dropbox. Next I had to make a link in X:\My Dropbox\Docs to My Documents folder:

mklink /D "X:\My Dropbox\Docs" "\\anatool\home$\username\My Documents"