Tell me more about folder redirection

Applies To: Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Users who store data on their local computers risk losing that data if there is a hardware failure or other catastrophe. To help prevent such loss, Windows SBS 2011 Standard enables you to redirect specific user folders to the default Users shared folder on the server. This is accomplished by using a Group Policy object called Folder Redirection.

Windows SBS 2011 Standard enables you to configure folder redirection in three ways:

When you enable folder redirection for user account folders, you can choose to redirect the following folders to the server:

  • Desktop

  • Documents

  • Start Menu


For compatibility with the Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems, the Pictures, Music, and Videos folders are automatically redirected with the Documents folder.

Folder redirection is almost transparent to users. They continue to access redirected folders as they always have. But instead of the data being stored in a local folder on their client computer, the data is stored in their shared folder on the server.

Redirecting storage of user data to the server offers the following benefits:

  • Redirected folders can be included in the server backup.

  • Users can recover files that have been deleted accidentally.

  • If users log on to various computers on the network, their documents are always available.

  • Offline File technology gives users access to their Documents folder even when they are not connected to the network. This is particularly useful for people who use portable computers.