Advice on Roaming Profiles vs Group Policy for MyDocuments redirection
Posted on 2009-05-20
I'd like some advice on how best to handle "My Documents" redirection on client PCs at a remote location which also has a local replica DC & file server. My situation:
Location 1 - Main office:
Server1: Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (AD-DC, Exchange, SQL, file & print)
Users at Location1 have their MyDocuments automatically redirected to Server1 due to SBS2003 GPO.
new Location 2 - Warehouse:
Server2: Windows Server 2003 R2 (AD-DC replica, file & print)
There is a 0.5 Mbps VPN connection between location 1 & 2 - good enough for RDP, but not for 'dynamic' file access by applications at another location - way too slow for that.
I have an application & its data currently @ Location1/Server1. I want to move it to Location2/Server2.
However SBS2003's standard GPOs redirect all domain-connected client PC user's My Documents to Server1. Over a 0.5Mbps VPN that's unacceptably slow just logging in, let alone actually doing anything involving files in their MyDocs.
- modify GPO to apply MyDocs redirection to Server2 instead of Server1 for any/all Location2 PCs. this seems like the best approach because it affects computers only, not users.
- use Roaming Profiles.
but Roaming Profiles are still stored in only 1 location, right?
Is there a 3rd option?
If i use Roaming Profiles, will the domain's MyDocs redirection GPO still redirect MyDocs to Server1 anyway?
I'm not very familiar with modifying GPOs, and am aware of many "horror stories" with Roaming Profiles, so I'm not sure where to focus my efforts (& further learning).
Many thanks for any advice,