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File Server Folder and Security Set up

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Thought I would ask some expert advice on setting up a new file server. I have an existing W server 03 file server that has a mess of folders and such. I want to clean this up before moving files over to new W 2003 server.
What are prefered folder structures? Ex. IT, Accounting, HR, Quality, Safety, etc.
Preferred AD groups in OU? Ex. HR1, HR2, Accounting1, Accounting2
Adding employee user folders on file server as a defualt replacement to their local my documents folder.
Would it go //Server/joe_user or //Server/Users/joe?
What is easy way to point all clients from my documents to their folder on file server?
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I would break it apart along the lines of your security requirements.  People who need to share certain files tend to be in a department, so your department folder structure would probably work fine with perhaps finer grained control over the HR stuff.
I would go with a c:\users\jor which is shared as \\server\users and then map drive H to \\server\users\joe
You will want to use a GPO to set up folder redirection for the desktop and my documents.
 
Set up groups by dept also, put users in the groups, and set all file rights by group, not by user.
 
DO you nee dmore info on the folder redirection?  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc739647.aspx
http://forums.techarena.in/active-directory/693662.htm
 
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I was told that user folders should be set \\server\username instead of \\server\users\username because the clients would not have to be touched?
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Yes, that will work, but then you have to create a share for each user, which is less secure.  Setting the home directory in a login script should not be very difficult.
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