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blocking saving anything on the Local HDD rather on the shared folder

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Block all users to save anything on their local HDD

AD 2008 R2 already in place

Any laptop users can able to do work while out of local lan and once they are on domain update the files.
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Configure a GPO to set up Folder Redirection and redirect the user profile's Documents, Music, Videos, Desktop, Downloads etc. folders to your fileserver (which must, of course, be adequately equipped to handle all of the file storage needs of your network). Combine that with Offine Folder Caching so that when the users are off the network, they can still access their files, and Windows will handle maintaining the offline cache and syncing with the server once the user comes back online.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/cc732275.aspx

You can also use the GPO "Hide these specified drives in My Computer" to hide local drives in Windows Explorer, which makes it more difficult for users to put files directly on the local disk.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc975948.aspx

It's important to make a best effort to "hide" the drives rather than actually configure security ACLs that prevent writing to the disk, because if you prevent the user from writing files to the local disk you'll run into all manner of system stability issues, crashing etc. Too many programs simply assume that writing to the local disk is possible, so you can't restrict it.

You CAN, however, hide the drives and make it difficult and un-intuitive for the users to access the local disk.
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which is the best practice
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