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Using a "Profiles" folder to hold all user data and using "Home Folder" as a shared access folder.

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In seting up a server I have used a Profiles folder to hold both the profile information and the users settings etc. After the successful redirection all of the users data is in a folder ie. \\Server\Profiles\username .  This folder contains  the users 'My Documents" etc etc. Everythig appears to working OK.

It has been suggested that it would be nice to have a shared area so....

My question is this; Is there any advantage to having a separate private "Home Folder" for each user as created under ADUC if each users "My Documents" is private?

As I understand "Home Folder" it is just a "mapped" folder for the user.  If so, would it be Ok to make the Home Folder a universal shared acess folder for all the users and kep things as they are, by pointing all users to the same home folder?

Any recommendations or comments would be appreciated.

Thanks

Don
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As can be clearly seen from the MS link, use of the Home folder and the My Documents folder are not the same, but share common purpose.  Other things to consider is that the Home folder is automatically taken offline (offline files and folders) so that the computer can access the data located there even when the server is unavailable...

So, can you assign a common home folder for all your users - Yes, but note that this is not normally the use for this feature.
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Hi itcoza

Thanks for the quick response!

The only purpose my guys need is to have a place to put files so others can get at them so it appears as if, even if it is not a usual use, it would work in this case if I understand your anser correctly.

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