Redirected folders and network traffic

Does the use of redirected folders increase network traffic?  

I'd assume that anytime someone opens a file that it is pulled from the server thus using some kind of bandwidth.

Are redirected folders a good thing or bad?
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAsked:
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Re-directed folders are great for helping keep your organisation's important data in one place that is easy to back up and secure (e.g. a file server).

Some drawbacks are that yes, you need to be connected to the server to access the files. However there workarounds for this nowadays, with cached copies kept on your local PC.

Yes, it will increase network traffic when compared to files kept locally on PCs.
Michael MachieIT SupervisorCommented:
the server will accept a request to access a specific folder based on the path. When a redirect is in place, that request will generate a secondary command redirecting to the second location. There would not really be any additional network traffic per se - just the delay when the Server processes the redirect and then feeds that info to the PC.

Unless of course the redirect points to a different Server - then the redirect would send a response back to the PC telling it to look elsewhere for your requested info.    

In my experience many people like redirects for the purpose of masking a Server name or to point to a new location for information without needing to touch individual PCs.
Example 1:
I have 200 staff using a particular folder as a file repository. I now have a need to move that data to another location. This folder is accessed via a shortcut on the desktop of the Users. Instead of changing the icon on each the Users' desktops, you can set a folder redirect to the new folder as a simple way of pointing t that new folder without touching the desktops.  

Example 2:
I have a web server and people hit my main web page. I now want to add a Landing Page but do not want the URL people use to change. So, I could either edit the page people go to or just put a folder redirect in place. When redirected to that other folder on the Web Server, that page will display instead. This is often used for Site maintenance too.

In general it is not a bad thing but you should have a decent reason for using it.

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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
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