Data central

4oo computers in my organization, present all systems has c drive and D drive partions, no one stores their data into storage server & they are saved in d drive(Local systems)if system Hard disk Fail then data has loss,recently we loss 2, here i need to  move their data into centralize, please advice me & please let me now to segregate with version controller software.
venkata s  s sharma AradhyulaSr. system administratorAsked:
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Iamthecreator OMIT Admin/EE Solution GuideCommented:
One option would be to use a backup software.
Protect all workstations on to a network share.
Guess VEEAM has a free agent.
Robert LemMrCommented:
I would never have all data on each local station. This is too difficult to maintain, backup and manage. If you have a domain controller and a central place to store all user files, then it is very easy to resolve. Do you have a domain controller?
venkata s s sharma AradhyulaSr. system administratorAuthor Commented:
yes sir i have DC ,can you guide me,how can i proceed,actually present my scenario
we have 2012 DC(Single) and storage server for all users are placed data in that.
some other users are not placed on storage they are storing on their local drive.
so that i am asking you how can restrict to place on his local drive.and also need to store
they working data into storage
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Robert LemMrCommented:
That's good. There are several ways to can do this. The way I did it works for me and has been working for years.

The first thing you need to make sure is that every user has an ID and a profile in the Active Directory. I usually create Groups for different type of users or departments. Then I create all users and put then in the Group they belong to. Under the profile tab in the user properties, under "Home folder" I select "Connect - F: To \\servername\userfiles\%username%. This creates the home folder of each user on the network storage place you want. I have both the "Profile path" on the server somewhere, and the "Home Folder" on the server.

On the server or the storage device you have, both \\servername\userfiles\username and \\servername\profiles$\username are share with the group "Authenticated Users," and the "Domain Admin." Try with one user or a test user and see that when you logon and save a file in "My documents" it actually goes on the network storage device.

Then I create a Group Policy for the first group or all groups and create a shortcut under "User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings" I call it "My files," location = Desktop,  Target path should be \\servername\userfiles\%username%

Other setting on the Group Policy that you could enable or disable are:
- Prohibit User from manually redirecting Profile Folders
- Remove My Documents icon on the desktop
- Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline
- Remove 'Make Available Offline' (if you network is good and stable) no need for Offline files.
- Exclude directories in roaming profile "Downloads;Contacts;Saved Games;Documents;Favorites;Links;My Documents;Music;Pictures;Videos;Searches (this will speed up the login experience, and is not needed because you already have the home folder redirected.
- I so not want users to save their files in the C: drive that I hide it from them, using "Hide these specified drives in My Computer" and "Prevent access to drives from My Computer." In my environment, it works totally fine, as long as they are not working on huge graphic files that will take long to open, close and save over the network.

There are a lot of settings you can enable or disable in a Group Policy. I use many of them to control all workstations, and make sure the users have what they need, and not what they don't need. I do everything from the Domain Controller, nothing at the user station level. Even anti-virus are distributed from the DC automatically.

If you can do the first steps I mentioned above, then I can help you do the remaining. But create a test user, go to a workstation and make sure everything works properly before implementing those settings to all users. Also make sure you copy their current files to the network storage device before you apply these settings. Then you will be able to get rid of the files on the user workstations. You can also do these setting one user at the time, install of all of them at once.

In addition to that the user profiles and files on the network storage device are backed up every day on a second domain controller using the Domain Controller "File Service." But this is another series of steps to do after you are done with setting the users and the access properly.

This is a very short summary of steps. Hopefully, you can use this.

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venkata s s sharma AradhyulaSr. system administratorAuthor Commented:
Thank you sir
venkata s s sharma AradhyulaSr. system administratorAuthor Commented:
what about Network bandwidth,any slow
Robert LemMrCommented:
I have no problem with network bandwidth. I use good CISCO switches. But this also depends on what type of files the users are going to process on their workstations. If they are going to open large graphic files to photoshop, then you might get some slows. I have users open all sort of documents, spreadsheets, pdfs, and they stream a lot of videos due to their trade--no network issue at all.

Hopefully, you have only gigabit network cards and switches.

If they work on very large graphic files, you might want to do something additional for those users. Do they process very large files--larger than 5 GB?
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