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we have client with half the business travelling to different parts of the globe.
The use a MS VPN solution. Direct Access. Server 2008 R2 Environment.

the users personal Home drive for us is labeled as H drive. so when I say h. i refer to the users personal Home drive assigned in AD under their profile.

Now the client has issues with the users personal H drive. when they are on LAN saving to the H drive. quick as flash. but when travelling. the H drive works in cached mode when offline or not connected to corporate network. so user can work with files stored. but once online. the files replicate to the server back at the Head office.

issue is when online. if the user goes to save a file to their local H drive. the file reads as saving to \\servername\User personal Home Drive.

while the H drive is a network mapped to the corporate network. it caches fine locally. when when online. users have to wait as rather then save to local machine then replicate to source server.  especially for users with low bandwidth at times, this is a nightmare.

so would like to save locally or know what solutions/recommendations others might have in this space.

thanks

AJ
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by:John Hurst
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I take an entirely different approach. I keep the files on the server and the same files on the local machine. I use SyncBack Pro (2brightsparks.com) to synchronize the sets of files.  The files on the computer are local and the user can use them quickly and efficiently. When they return to home office, they can synchronize back to the server folder to make both sets the same.

It is possible to synchronize over VPN, but that can be a bit slower and should be done as a separate exercise (not while using the files).

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Considering the trouble I've seen with offline files I would suggest a RDS,  Citrix XenApp, Citrix XenDesktop.... For users that work outside the office. If you can't go that direction then a third party app like thinkpads suggests would be a better option.
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Is it possible to have the H drive as explained save locally and replicate to server rather then try to save to source? this way the sync delay in the background wont impact our requirements.

ill check the above also thanks
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The solution above I offered has real files on each end (server and client). From that perspective, both are "source". Synchronization will copy the most recent file to the older file, although you can change direction to get back a backup.

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thanks
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@Ancients - You are very welcome and I was happy to help.

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thanks TP. great advice. sorry it took so long to reward you! my bad. need to point experts reminder email to a current address.
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