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Redirecting profiles over VPN

Posted on 2012-03-11
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for our users we redirect mydocuments to the main server, so that they are all backup in one location.

This causes issues to remote users, as they have access mydocumements over the VPN link (slow)

Is there an alternative way?

I am really wanting to have it so that the mydocuments are stored locally on the laptop for these users, but also "mirrored" onto the main server, so that they are backed up.

users are either on Windows XP - or Windows 7 - and the server is Windows 2003 and Windows 2008
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Using offline files is the obvious solution but it causes all kinds of problems if you plan to store any .mdb or .pst files in that location (as is very common).

If you have the ability to configure windows remote desktop services (its gonna cost about 50-100£ per user just for the TS RDP User Cal let alone the extra hadrware  and experitse you will need) you wont get in the same mess that so many others have found themselves in as all the users will be accessing their documents effectively still from inside the network, only the desktop is remoted to the user - increasing security, performance and resiliency in weak connection situations.

Offline files works surprising well when setup correctly (i.e. best inside a domain with domain joined computers) but is not a perfect solution - trust me i have seen (and felt the pain) when it all falls a bit short of your and your users expectations.
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There are other solutions BTW including WAN optimsation (see 'www.riverbed.com') that allows your WAN links to be much more efficient and DFS (Distributed File System) that effectively puts a cache (or only a subset if you prefer) of a shared File pool in each site location.

The latter is quite effective for split site organisations with reasonable levels of hardware at each site but 'RoadWarriors' are generally best put on a TS/RDP or Citrix Server. Microsoft Office Licensing can get a bit complicated when you have PCs (with Office installed) connecting to TS Servers providing Office to the user, so be careful you dont end up with a massive cost if you go down this route (or persuade them to consider Open/LibreOffice which is free or look into Office365 which is licensed per user rather than per device).
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