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Folder Redirection for mobile users?

mrmut asked
Last Modified: 2014-11-29
I am building a network on 2012 R2, and will implement folder redirection for local users.

I would also like to have that with mobile users with notebooks, but don't know how to implement it. The grand idea is that when mobile users connect to network, their local folders sync with server ones.

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Jack LloydTechnical Services Analyst


Folder redirection with offline files is nothing new - it just got better in Server 2012!

You can do the standard folder redirection with offline files enabled - that's been around for some time now.

However Windows Server 2012 R2 does have this great feature called "Work folders" which is incredibly useful. Here's a good guide on setting it up





I've read about work folders, but that is not something that I could implement without much user-related problems.

How do I implement offline files with folder redirection? Do I need to set per user, or I could go thru policies?
Jack LloydTechnical Services Analyst

You set it up with group policies - It's a User policy.

You Go to User Config > Policies > Windows Settings > Folder Redirection and in there you can choose how to do it.




Yes, yes, but what about syncing of remote users? They will connect with WiFi, so I am interested how robust the system is.

The master copy of files is user's notebook, not server.
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Jack LloydTechnical Services Analyst

or just make the share available offline?


I am not sure I will include users in mobile group at all. The problem is robustness of the solution, which must perform flawlessly and without any interaction or knowing of the user.

Folder redirection is very complex to implement, and could pose dramatically more problems than benefits if poorly configured.

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