We have an existing 2003 server with a mixture of XP and Windows 7 workstations. Users are advised to store documents on network drives so that they are backed up. However, some staff just store documents locally (surprise, surprise).
To try to safeguard this local data, the proposal is to implement folder redirection for MyDocuments and Desktop (and perhaps Application Data). At the moment, we are only really concerned about backups, and are not too bothered that staff have the same desktop, etc, when they log on to different workstations. Although that might be a useful byproduct.
Some members of staff log into multiple workstation each with a set of local documents, etc. (eg when working from different offices). Also, many workstations have multiple profiles, because they have been used by lots of different staff.
Do I need to consolidate all the "MyDocuments", etc. across the workstation into one folder per user profile, before before implementing folder redirection? Otherwise, how can the server resolve duplicates, etc.
Or is there a simpler way to solve the backup problem?
All advice appreciated.