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User Directory Access on Login RRS feed

  • Question

  • Folks,

    I admit, I have not been deep into networking for a few years, so things may have changed.

    When I designed networks, a user's directory followed them on whatever device they used.  If a device went bad, the moved to a new device, logged in, and had access to their files immediately.

    Recently I have experienced directory access tied to a machine name.

    Specifically, if I do not log into a specific device, I have no access to the network files I have saved to my default directories because my login directory access is tied to a directory that only the machine on which I am a user has rights to access.

    Can anyone explain to me the benefit of this approach?

    The major drawbacks I see are:

    1. Laptops/computers cannot be shared without giving access to default directories
    2. When new devices are issued, IT must manually copy files from one directory to another
    3. When the user receives the device, they must manually copy any files created, updated, or downloaded after the end of IT activity  

    Any direction is appreciated. 

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:22 PM