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Do I need to create Windows shares for DFS user home folders?

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I am setting up DFS for use with our user home drives.  I have created a DFS path as follows:

<mydfsroot>\UK\<staff user ID> (e.g. \\mydomain.com\UK\ID1234)

The first part of the DFS path (<myfdsroot>\UK) points to a share on my NetApp filer where all my user home folders are located.

The question I have is, do I need to create Windows shares on my NetApp filer for each of the individual user folders? (e.g "ID1234", ID1235" etc...)  I find that if I set the home folder Active Directory attribute to point to the  \\<mydfsroot>\UK\<staff user ID> and set the appropriate NTFS permissions on the user's folder, all seems to work fine and the user gets their home drive mapped.  Is there any benefit to creating individual shares for the users folder?

Thanks.
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Mohammed Khawaja earned 300 total points
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What I recommend is to create one share for the users and then implement NTFS permissions.  You could map the drive for users in the form of \\servername\share\%username%
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I see no benefit in do individual shares.
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by:schmiegu
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While I personally prefer \\server\%username%$ there is no need for individual shares.
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by:carbonbase
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Thanks all for your comments, good to know I don't need to waste time creating over 1000 shares!  

Mohammed's solution is very similar to what I have already done, except instead of using a UNC path I am mapping to a DFS path.
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