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Folder Redirection - Multiple PCs RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello all,

    Could you just confirm some info on the following - using SBS Standard 2011 if I were to enable the Folder redirection and added User X to 2 of the PCs within our network would the files effectively be synchronised so if he saved something in My Documents on PC 1 when he next logged onto PC 2 it would also be there?

    Slightly worried that it each PC would override each others data or even save 2 different sets of data?

    Thanks

    Chris

    Monday, March 19, 2012 6:24 PM

Answers

  • The folder 'reference' is 'redirected' from a local workstation path to a server share. Unless you make available offline copies, then there is only one target folder. There is no syncing. The client workstation access the redirected folder through a server share.

    In the case where the user is logged on to two or more workstation concurrently, then the most recently saved copy is retained. There's only the open file locks to block such an event.

    As long as the workstations being used are subject to the same group policies and version limitations, then the one set of documents are available to any WS.


    /kj
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    Monday, March 19, 2012 9:02 PM
  • Chris, it's not 'sync'd'. The redirected folder is _actually_ in the remote location so any change is recognised immediately.

    Try this quick test:

    Redirect 'Documents' to a share on the server.

    Grab a large file and put it in 'C:\test'.

    'move' the file from the test folder to Documents.

    IF 'test' and 'documents' were actually on the same HDD the move would be immediate, because in such a move the data in the file isn't changed, the OS just changes the HDD 'index' to indicate the changed location.

    With 'Documents' re-directed to a server share, or other HDD, there will be appreciable time while the file is 'copied' and the original file 'deleted'.

    IIRC there's some caching that occurs, 'temporary copy of redirected folders', but if you observe the file in the 'test' folder you should see the delay. The 'move' process sees it as a network copy and delete of original, rather than a change of location on the HDD.

    Monday, March 19, 2012 9:06 PM

All replies

  • I just started using the redirected folders feature last week.  As I see it, I/O to redirected folders are immediately sent to the server.  If you want a mirrored copy, take a look at the Offline Files feature on both the clients and the server.

    - Michael Faklis

    Monday, March 19, 2012 7:41 PM
  • There would be one (redirected & online) server copy version.


    /kj
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    Monday, March 19, 2012 7:44 PM
  • Sorry to be a pain but... can you confirm that as such the data is synced between the user areas (providing the user isn't logged on 2 workstations at once)? So no matter what computer he logged on he would have his documents etc?

    Chris

    Monday, March 19, 2012 8:44 PM
  • The folder 'reference' is 'redirected' from a local workstation path to a server share. Unless you make available offline copies, then there is only one target folder. There is no syncing. The client workstation access the redirected folder through a server share.

    In the case where the user is logged on to two or more workstation concurrently, then the most recently saved copy is retained. There's only the open file locks to block such an event.

    As long as the workstations being used are subject to the same group policies and version limitations, then the one set of documents are available to any WS.


    /kj
    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Monday, March 19, 2012 9:02 PM
  • Chris, it's not 'sync'd'. The redirected folder is _actually_ in the remote location so any change is recognised immediately.

    Try this quick test:

    Redirect 'Documents' to a share on the server.

    Grab a large file and put it in 'C:\test'.

    'move' the file from the test folder to Documents.

    IF 'test' and 'documents' were actually on the same HDD the move would be immediate, because in such a move the data in the file isn't changed, the OS just changes the HDD 'index' to indicate the changed location.

    With 'Documents' re-directed to a server share, or other HDD, there will be appreciable time while the file is 'copied' and the original file 'deleted'.

    IIRC there's some caching that occurs, 'temporary copy of redirected folders', but if you observe the file in the 'test' folder you should see the delay. The 'move' process sees it as a network copy and delete of original, rather than a change of location on the HDD.

    Monday, March 19, 2012 9:06 PM