After distributing folder redirection through group policy to about 10 desktops, users are complaining that Office, specifically Word, is locking up when AutoSaving their documents. I believe this is because it has to be written to a network drive every few minutes. I know it would be easy to move this location, but I would ideally take a different route... I imagine that the file would be saved locally, and when the computer is not being used it would sync to the network drive. Is there an option where the file does not need to IMMEDIATELY be stored on the server?
Try using Offline Files.
Also, you could add the auto-save file types (*.asd) into the Exclusion List, but I don't know if that's something you'd want to do.