Home Directory, Folder Redirection & Work Folders - OH MY!

Posted on 2014-08-04
Last Modified: 2014-08-27
I am in the process of setting up a new domain running Windows Server 2012.  I am working on setting up the file server and have a few questions regarding redirecting client / user information from the local machine to the file server.

1.  What exactly is a Home Directory?  I am familiar with redirecting the users folders My Documents, My Pictures, etc using Server 2003.  To do this in the past, I simply created a GPO to redirect these to individual user folders within my FldRedir$ share.  

2.  From what I have read, Server 2012 introduced Work Folders to keep files synced between multiple devices and for offline access.  This seems like a great feature and is set to eventually replace "Offline Files".  It is my understanding that if I enable Work Folders that each user will have a My Documents and a Work Folder directory on their client PC.  IMO, this could be confusing for my users on where to save docments at.  It seems to make the most sense for users to simply save all of their documents in the Work Folder directory and not use My Documents at all.  Is it possible to have My Documents redirected to Work Folders?

If I am missing anything here then please chime in.  I look forward to reading your suggestions / opinions and thank you for the help!
Question by:csimmons1324
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    Home directories are nothing but special folder with special permissions granted to respective users so that only respective user has full control permissions on respective Home drive
    Home directories need to be setup on file servers and its path needs to be setup in user properties in AD under Profiles tab

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