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    disk cleanup and offline files

    We've got mainly windows 7 clients and server 2008 R2

    Noticed a lot of staff are storing jpg's to their "My Pictures" which is redirected to the server

    Some staff also have the "My Pictures" folder available offline.

    I want to clean up e.g. move / delete these jpgs from the server (and the avi / mp4 / mov in their My Videos !)

    but what will happen if I do this on the server ? Will offline files just sync them back to the
    server when their laptop connects to the network again ?

    If so does anyone have any advice on how to "fix" this.

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    Filetype restriction policy on the user share should prevent their storage, may throw a bunch of errors on the sync though

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Filetype restriction policy on the user share should prevent their storage, may throw a bunch of errors on the sync though
    Interesting, I didn't know there was such a policy. I've thought about quotas but tricky to do given some staff already have "exceeded" their quota.
    Also thought about turning off offline files via policy but again they are useful for some people.

    I guess I'll just have to do an experiment and see what happens.

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    Just had another thought: wonder if I could turn off folder redirection (e.g. set as not configured?) for pictures, music and videos and just
    leave on for documents. Has anyone got any experience of doing something similar ?

    At the moment folder redirection for pictures, music and videos is just "Follow the Documents folder"
    So ends up on the server.

    I've asked staff to put their pictures/videos/music on a separate share I've created for them but they keep ending up in My Pictures.
    E.g. they plug in a camera via USB in windows 7 and import wizard imports them to "My Pictures"

    (Might post as new thread as going off topic a bit here)
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    They are in separate reg keys and gpo settings if using Vista or above so yes you can redirect locally but any transfer happens without user feedback at logon so could cause chaos if they are on wifi and have stacks of stuff with the hour plus logon with no progress, it won't fail gracefully when they force restart either. A script may be the best bet to do the transfer out of the folders

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrstrong View Post
    Just had another thought: wonder if I could turn off folder redirection (e.g. set as not configured?) for pictures, music and videos and just
    leave on for documents, especially when using free disk cleanup tools. Has anyone got any experience of doing something similar ?

    At the moment folder redirection for pictures, music and videos is just "Follow the Documents folder"
    So ends up on the server.

    I've asked staff to put their pictures/videos/music on a separate share I've created for them but they keep ending up in My Pictures.
    E.g. they plug in a camera via USB in windows 7 and import wizard imports them to "My Pictures"

    (Might post as new thread as going off topic a bit here)
    I turned off folder redirection before, trust me; it's doesn't really solve the problem.



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