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SBS 2008 - How does folder redirection work

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Just a basic question.  I have setup My Documents folder redirections for a SBS2008 domain and its working fine for the dekstops that I have setup but I also want to set it up for a user who works on his laptop which he takes offsite.  How does the redirection work(is it like offline files).  

When the user takes his laptop offsite will he still have access to his My documents and if he does and then alters a document when away from our office will these update the next time he logs on in the office
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You have to do two things to get this to work:

1) Mark the share as "Only the files and programs that the users specify are available offline".  This is done in the Caching button in the Advanced Sharing properties of the share which the redirected folders go to.

For example, if the share is \\server1\users, then make the Users share have the Caching option set.

2) On the laptop, browse the share to the same location that his redirected profiles to go - use the highest branch possible.  Right click the folder, and then select "Always available offline"

For example, if his redirections root are at \\server1\users\%username%\redirected\, then browse to \\server1\users\%username%, right click "redirected" and check "Always available offline"

When offline, and he logs in with his domain account, his redirected paths will still work.  Just be aware that when you set this up for the first time, it has to sync all the content of the offline folder to the workstation, so don't do this if he's in a hurry - especially if he has lots of documents :)
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Sorry to actually answer your question (lol), Redirected folders is not the same as offline files, but you can make the two work hand in hand using the instructions above.

Shared folders basicall means that his "My Documents" folder no longer resides in C:\Users\%username%\Documents, but sits on a server.  If the server path is not available when the user logs in, the redirected path will not work, and it will revert to the standard path.

Making the redirected path available offline will allow the redirected path to work.
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