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Active Directory Home Folder Path

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Our users get mapped to their "home folder" via Active Directory Home Folder (AD -> Profile Tab -> Home folder -> Local path:) My question is when a laptop user shutdown at work, goes home, and logs back in, does the home folder still map, even though they are not connected to the network (pre-VPN)? When does Windows make this connection? During login, assuming they are connected to the network, not using cached credentials.

We are running Windows Server 2008 R2 on Domain Controllers. Windows 7 on clients.
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Alan Gunn earned 500 total points
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Hi!

If the user goes home and there is no VPN then it is possible that the "Mapped" Home drive is actually an offline copy of the contents of the share.
This is supported by what Microsoft call "Client Side Caching".
Any changes made to the cached share would be re-synchronised next time the network was re-connected.

It is also possible that there is a direct access system set up with access gateways.
In this case the drive is really connected.

:-)

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Thanks. My question is really just confirmation. For the most part, users do not see there Home folder being mapped when at home. GPO mapped drives are still mapped, just not AD Home folder. Confirming this is how this should be.
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

The question has either no comments or not enough useful information to be called an "answer".
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I believe my answer was accurate and pertinent.
I also support laptops that have the Home  drive apparently available when off-line.
They also connect to our servers when on the internet using a Direct Access VPN.

I have described these two situations and the requestor is apparently satisfied with my answer.

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