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Redirecting folders at branch locations

By jon ·
Location 1, server name SERVER1.
Location 2, server name SERVER2.

SERVER1 is the Active Directory PDC
SERVER2 is a backup.

If a user at location 1 whose folders are redirected based on group policy to \\SERVER1\FLDREDIR$\USERS\%USERNAME% logs into a workstation at location 2, provided the two servers are setup properly on a VPN tunnel, would the user be directed across the slower connection to the other server for synchronization?

How could I setup group policy to ensure that the user synchronizes with a replicated folder on the local server instead of over the network.

Also, should I create OU's for each branch and set unique policy for each redirect setting for the users at those branches so they are redirecting to local servers?

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by mm212 In reply to Redirecting folders at br ...

Assuming you are applying this GPO to the Users and not the Computers (via loopback processing), then the folders will be redirected to the same location no matter where the user logs on. I'd recommend setting up separate OUs for each location with separate GPOs applied to each. This allows you to redirect to each locations local server yet still allow people to log on at each location and still have access to their files.

If you want every user to redirect to the local server no matter where they log on and NOT redirect to their same home folder, you would want to set this up on the Computers OU and set the Loopback processing as merge or replace. This allows you to set items that are normally only applied to users to computers instead. You'll find this under Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, Group Policy. Using merge allows you to set a mix of user-applied and computer-applied settings. Using replace allows you to override user-applied settings. We use separate OUs for users and computers, each having certain user-applied GPOs with the computers OU having User Group Policy loopback processing set as merge. This allows us to map local drives for application file shares that you wouldn't want to run over a WAN link and map WAN drives for file shares like their home folder and region-wide file shares.

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