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Windows Domain - Best practice for PST files with folder redirection

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Good Day,
I am running a windows domain and we currently have folder redirection enabled.  This is for data redundancy and ease of use with users using different computers.

What we are struggling with is the PST files.  Each user has a mailbox size of about 5GB.  Currently folder redirection is not syncing the PST files as they are always in use with Outlook.

What is the best way to configure the PST files in conjunction with folder redirection (if at all)?
A few things to consider:

We are stuck with PST due to it being a franchise and have no option in email host.  
We are looking for PST to reside on the domain controller for data redundancy.
Server is running Server 2016 Standard

I was just considering keeping the PST files on each computer, and setting up a very basic backup to run once a week of just that folder to the server.

What are peoples thoughts?
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Actually, POP can be configured to leave a copy of incoming email on the server too.

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I have read through that microsoft document.  Doesn't help with this small network.
I have spoken with the email host, and they are adamant that a 250mb mailbox is large enough.  Which also rules out IMAP.  Ideally I would have just done this.  But can't unfortunately

I've never set up the Essentials role on the server for backing up workstations.  Can it be configured to replace folder redirection and offload some of the network load to set times?  I don't want to fill up the server too much, so only one set of data would be required.
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For the script to function, does the user need to remain logged in?
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it is done as part of the logoff. when the user selects logoff it closes all programs and then runs the script.  The user is technically still logged in at this time so you could use %username%

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I've never run this kind of script. Is there a guide you could step me through?
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