Implementing Folder Redirection

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Folder Redirection is simple to configure and manage. While Folder Redirection reduces the disk space that is required on the client, it requires network shares to accommodate the redirected folders. By combining Folder Redirection and roaming user profiles, you can decrease logon and logoff times for roaming and mobile users. Besides the improved availability and backup benefits of having the data on the network, users also have performance gains with low-speed network connections and subsequent logon sessions.

By using Folder Redirection in conjunction with roaming user profiles, you can also provide fast computer replacement. If a user’s computer needs to be replaced, the data that a user requires can quickly be re-established on a replacement computer.

For information about deploying Folder Redirection on newer versions of Windows, see Deploy Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and Roaming User Profiles.