Roaming Profiles and Folder Redirection

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Aaron Hoffman, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. Hello,

    We have recently configured roaming profiles and folder redirection on one
    of our servers. Everything is working properly. The reason we made these
    configuration changes was primarily to backup user data.

    The only question at this point is what happens when the server goes down?
    To my knowledge users will be unable to access his/her files. This would be a
    problem. At the current time, we are looking into additional backup methods.
    Users must be able to have access to their files if the server is not
    running. What do you recommend for this? I look forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you,
    Aaron Hoffman
    Aaron Hoffman, Aug 7, 2006
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    I'd really rather someone wrote "what happens *if* the server goes down" -
    as this should not be a regular occurence.
    Invest in decent server hardware, for starters - with hardware SCSI RAID
    (with global hotspare), redundant power supplies, dual processors, good
    managed UPS, regular backups, etc etc etc.
    There's "offline files" but I strongly discourage it, particularly with
    roaming profiles. You might look into another Windows 2003 server running
    DFS (distributed file system).

    Mainly, though, good hardware is the first place to start.

    You're still better off with your roaming profiles & folder redirection,
    note - you don't want to store anything of any importance on a workstation,
    and you don't want your profile folders getting humungous.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Aug 7, 2006
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