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SBS2003: My documents folder redirection

Hi

I am installing SBS for one of my clients, this will be my third installation of SBS. On the other two I have used folder redirection to have My documents and the Desktop stored on the server. This has worked great, but this client is worried about speed, since the files are stored on the server. So I wanted to ask if that would be a problem? (This is a advertising company, so they work a lot with very big files (hundreds of MB each files).

If it slows them down, what do you suggest I do instead?

Sincerely,
Kjartan Juliusson
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rolustCommented:
Hi

Redirection for my documents is rarely used for production documents. Create s share on the server for productions. In that way its always on the server and has backup. If someone needs them out of office use offline sync folders.

Robert Lundqvist
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alfa_schumiAuthor Commented:
Hi

Thanks for the answer. My client has experienced in the past, that working on huge files that are stored on the server can be slow. So I was wondering if it would be any quicker if you use offline files, because then you have a copy on your computer. So does the computer open the local copy or server copy when it is connected to the server?

Kjartan
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rolustCommented:
I would say no.

Security is always on behalf of speed. If you copy a file from client to  server, lets say 50 MB or 100 MB whats the speed? time? is it slow? can you add disks and use raid 0 (fast no security) or 5 (not as fast but security) What I´m looking for is it slow or do they believe it to be. Compered to what?

Robert Lundqvist
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alfa_schumiAuthor Commented:
Hi

I am not asking about the time it takes to copy a file, all I need to know is, will working online on a file that is stored on a server (with an offline copy on the local computer) be any slower than just working on a file that is stored on the local computer? Because it is certainly slower to work on a file stored on a server than local computer. So I am wondering if using offline files will make it quicker to work on the file than it would be if I were working on a file only stored at the server (without using offline files).

Kjartan.
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rolustCommented:
Hi again

Its quicker. Things to consider, is it only one person working with one projekt/file? Because if more than one is working and have them local and they sync whos version is last?, What changes will be lost?
I would  not recomened this solution. Anyway you are not working on the server, shure its takes a little bit longer to open the file but after that its no different.

Robert Lundqvist
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
If you don't use offline file caching then working with the file on the server will be MUCH slower.  I've got a client that had a 60MB Excel File that brought his entire system to a halt because it was constantly trying to sync the online version to a temp file on the workstation.  

Realizing that advertising firms use large files which are generally graphics, I'd suggest that you either use Offline File Caching, or put these files in SharePoint's Companyweb which allows file check-out to bring the file to the local machine for editing and then putting it back up to the server when done.

Jeff
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