Making sure users always have access to their data is critical for business success. On Windows systems, roaming profiles have long been the answer, but those using Windows XP, Vista and now Windows 7 should consider an alternative—Windows Folder Redirection. In this TR Dojo video, I'll explain how Windows Folder Redirection works, how to deploy it with Group Policy, and why it's often better than roaming profiles at giving end user anywhere data access.
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Derek Schauland 's article, "Keeping user data recoverable with folder redirection," on which this video is based. You can also check out the following TechRepublic resources for more help configuring and troubleshooting Folder Redirection:
- Simplify backups by configuring folder redirection in Windows 2000 Server
- Working with roaming profiles and Folder Redirection
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.