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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Using Home Folders

Home directories or folders are repositories you can provide on a network server for users’ documents. Placing home folders on a network file server has several advantages:

  • Backup of user documents is centralized.

  • Users can access their home folders from any client computer.

  • Home folders can be accessed from clients running any Microsoft operating system (including MS-DOS and all versions of Windows).

The contents of home folders are not part of user profiles, so they don’t affect network traffic when users log on. (A home folder can also be on a client computer, but that defeats much of its purpose.)

Creating Home Folders on a Server

To create a home folder on a network file server, follow these steps:

  1. On the server, create a new ...

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