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roaming profile VS folder redirection ?

hi expert

we are implementing a new win infrastructure
and we want to replace roaming profiles by folder redirection.
we had problems with roaming profiles because there is a lot of overhead over the network when the profiles synchronize with the copy in the derver.
therfore we want to replace roaming profiles by folder redirection.
the problem is that i heard that folder redirection has the same concept when the user logs off there will be synch between client and server. ( we end up with the same problem as roaming profiles)
when i redirect the desktop folder and a user puts a file in it the file will be copied instantly or in the synch phase when he logs off ?

please clarify these two concepts to me

thanks
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ScottGranadoCommented:
hey skintwido,

generally you should use both folder redirection along with roaming profiles.  Let me explain.  folder redirection is used to bypass the hurdles of the loading of the roaming profiles by making a users "my documents" "my music", redirected to a share on the network.  This drastically reduces the size of the roaming profile therefore resolving the delays you experience with roaming profiles.  

Here is more information
http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/b/a/3ba6d659-6e39-4cd7-b3a2-9c96482f5353/Managing%20Roaming%20User%20Data%20Deployment%20Guide.doc
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ScottGranadoCommented:
also, you usually only sync when you have offline files implemented (for mobile users) so when they come back into the office you sync your changes to the file share where you are redirecting to.
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skintwidoAuthor Commented:
do you mean that
only the requested files or documents are downloaded from  the server not the entire folder (like roaming profiles) ?
and on the desktop or the my document folder there is only short cut to the actual documents ?
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ScottGranadoCommented:
well you have the option of doing both.  You can enable offline files (default) which will synch all of the files just to make sure they are availible if the share isn't accessible, such as if your mobile or the server is offline.  However, you can turn off this feature and the system only performs a quick synchronization, and as a result only recently used files will be cached.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc784630.aspx
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skintwidoAuthor Commented:
so in our case
we have to use roaming profiles with offline enabled to decrease the overhead over the network
and redirect the desktop and my doc folder to decrease the size of the user profile folder
is this correct ?
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ScottGranadoCommented:
correct, although you may want to play with the offline setting a bit.  all the docs i linked should give you all the info you need. but please let me know if you have any more questions
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skintwidoAuthor Commented:
thanks for the help
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