Force users to save the data in shared folder on the desktop

Posted on 2011-05-11
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Here is the scenario....

I been told to implement a solution/method (GPO) to allow the desktop users to save their data on the shared

folder created on there desktop. They should not be able to save data on the desktop (only) anywhere. The

purpose of doing that is to force the users to save the data on the servers and not on the desktop so that

we can have the backup of the users...

Secondly, is there any backup solution (windows based) which i can implement to take the backup for the


I am using Windows server R2 as ROOT DC and as of now i do not have file server but i have one server with

windows 2008R2 ready and can be made a file server (if required)

Question by:tayyabq8
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johnb6767 earned 1332 total points
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I dont think you can really do this, might be wrong. Maybe something in 2008 has evolved....

I think the closest you get might be Folder Redirection, of the Desktop, and My Documents. That way, when they save, it will go local. If they are restricted users, they cannot save to the root of C:.

You cannot just start denying access to write to a folder like the desktop, as you will get a significant performance drain.....
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you will need to do folder redirection for those users using GPO , refer http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc782799(WS.10).aspx

For Backup solution , i would suggest go for symantech backupexec with open file option

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tayyabq8 earned 0 total points
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am using Windows server 2008 R2, folder redirection is the solution, but what the desktop locking thing? How i can prevent user to save on desktop and only on the shared folder.

I am already using symantech for the servers backup. Any chance that we can use any other software for the users?
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johnb6767 earned 1332 total points
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Redirect the Desktop. You cant deny "modify" rights to the desktop. Well, you can technically, but you will not want to take the performance hit.....

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OK i will give a try and observe.

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Folder redirection worked for me.

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