Published on May 1, 2009
Folder Redirection in Active Directory Almaty 2008
Agenda • Introduction • Redirection modes • Advantages • Constrains • Warnings • Consequences • Conclusion • Related subjects
Introduction • Folder redirection is a new approach to user profile folder allocation on server. • Four special folders are to be redirected in AD by default – Application Data – My Documents – Desktop – Start Menu • Group policy/User Configurations/Windows Settings/Folder Redirection/%Folder Name%
Redirection modes • Basic - Redirect everyone's folder to the same location – Target folder location • Redirect to the local user profile location • Create folder for each user under the root path • Redirect to the following location • Advanced –Specify locations for various user group
Advantages • Supports utilizing of slow speed networks • Offline file(cached file) technology lets users utilize “My Documents” even if network connection is failed. • User data can be archived during ongoing administration what is to be more secure since user is isolated from the process • Administrator can limit disc quota allocated for certain folder • User data can be redirected to HD of the local computer from another HD where system files are stored. It plays safe user files if OS reinstallation will be needed. • Whilst profile redirection you will not move folder itself but only network path, so data does not move between client and server making logging process faster. • Backup copies of data are safely stored on server
Constrains • Only members of Administrators, Group policy owner and Enterprise Administrator groups • Utilization of the facility makes sense if folder forest has been already evolved and it is to be superposed with new ones • Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP Home Edition doesn’t support redirection into home directory • You must the owner of the folder tend to be redirection location else redirection will be cancelled.
Warnings • Redirection into home directory should be used only if backward compatibility necessity occurs • Administrators will have total control over “My Documents” folder if redirected • Even if Grant the user exclusive rights to My Documents option in Folder Settings of “My Documents” is checked. • Try to grant access to the home directory only to limited number of people working with it
Consequences • Triggered on: – Special folder will return to the local user profile location – The content will be copied (not replaced ) back to profile location – The content will not be erased from the redirected folder location – User will have acces to the content only on the local computer • • Triggerred off: – Special folder will return to the local user profile location – The content will be relocated to profile location • Attention! – If the content was not copied into user profile location he or she will not be able to see it – Special folder will leave in new location – The content also will leave in new location – User still have access to the content in redirected location
Conclusion • Folder Redirection is very efficient and valuable facility of network management
Related Subjects • Offline files • Group policy • Permissions and rights • Security groups
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