Can SBS 2003 be used as a File Server?

Posted on 2006-10-19
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Hi there. Have a DELL SBS2003 system with 6 XP Pro clients. All clients have their My Documents folders on the server machine, with the usual offline files syncing managing local cached copies. This seems to work well. But it's a real pain that their Favorites folders can't get handled in this way. Firstly, is there an easy way to do this and secondly, can more generally SBS2003 be configured to act as a File Server for other folders?
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Zadkin earned 375 total points
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The standard option is only My Documents,  not a roaming profile.  But with Active Directory available and registered XP Pro clients,  more is possible, like most probably the Favorites folder.  But it surpasses my current competences.
It is already working as a file server,  but if you create an extra shared folder on the server you have more of the file server available.  With also backups and shadow copies of every file.

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SteveD200 earned 375 total points
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SBS is actually a good file server as stated above, create a new shared folder I call ours Public. Set up your options like shadow copies and then map the XP Pro machines to the shared folder. You can even set up access to specific folders for different user groups which is very handy if financial information needs to be stored etc..This has worked very effectively for all my clients.

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Thank you both very much

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