syncing Windows 8.16.3 to Server 2008 R2

I have a new Client with 2008 Server all patches applied Setup on a Domain

All of Their PC's do not have the Ability to Attach to the Domain due to their Version

Hence Since they cannot login to the Domain and utilize Redirected Folders.

What would be the Best Course of Action to sync user profiles to Server:

1) when they login to the computer and 2) sync changes when they log off

I would appreciate Full Details of Action including Steps

Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT ConsultantAsked:
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I don't understand what you mean by clients not being able to connect to the server due to version. Any operating system from at least Windows 2000 to Windows 10 should work by default. Now, folder redirection is only available to Windows Pro/Ultimate/Enterprise. Windows Home or just Windows 8/8.1/10 (not Pro or Enterprise) do not have Active Directory domain functionality and need to be upgraded to Windows Pro.

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Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Yep Your Right as per my Question

this is a non-profit and I am looking for a solution

that will address this

Before attempting to really implement a "spit and duct tape" fix, wouldn't it make more sense to look into non-profit licensing from Microsoft and get supported OS versions?

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Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
How I did it !!!!

Removed complexity from Server down to 4 Chars pass to never expire
forced update

Matched the Logins on computers to that in AD

Created a Home Directory on the Server Data Volume

Created Hidden directories for all 15 users and assigned proper rights

Created Desktop, Documents and Picture folders in all home folders

Did following actions on all Three Folders:

Right click on "Documents" and selected Target Tab....Changed path to:


Clicked Apply and it moved all contents to server


NOTE: I did have to recreate the documents folder in local profile and move the "Outlook Files"
            folder back there so outlook would work.

and there you have it......

Redirected Folders to a 2008 Domain Using win8 home and works like a Champ.
Wow, that's a total hack job. If I was the next MSP I would be cursing your name. :( I mean, if they were a business and had to pay $200 per Windows license..but it's $15.
Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Cool it Kevin,

Everything is Documented ( Now that I am there) no documentation before

When the Non-Profit has NO money and I am NOT getting paid

Ya gotta do what you have to to make things work.

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