Active Directory and User Files

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February 24, 2010 at 20:22:50
Specs: Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation
I am considering switching to an active directory on
my small network for my small business. I was
wondering how individual user's files are stored. Will
individual users be able to save to the desktop on one
device and access the file on another device? is there
a centralized place on the server for these files? I
would really appreciate it if you could help me out, or
just give me a link to a site that does. i have been
looking all over, but I haven't found any info.

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February 25, 2010 at 09:43:56
Active Directory doesn't store files. It is a 'directory' primarily of user object and computer objects. It is obviously much more complicated than that.

It is not a directory like a file directory or folder on your computer.

If you want to create a shared folder on a computer where users store their data, you can do that. It has nothing to do directly with Active Directory, although the authentication of users who can access the data would be handled via AD accounts.

Do a Bing search on Active Directory. There are millions of topics on it.

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February 25, 2010 at 10:50:01
Thanks, but I don't think I articulated my question well. I know
what active directory is. I know the directory stores the
accounts and everything, but what happens in the following

*)User logs on to a computer in the directory with their
*) user makes a word document and saves it to the desktop

Where is the file they create stored? is it on the local
computer, or somewhere on the domain controller?

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March 5, 2010 at 11:17:48
Given the scenerio of saving a file to their desktop, the file is on the local machine and can be found under the users desktop folder under their name under Settings and Documents.

Sorry to say but you really don't understand active directory or the client/server model.

A user does not logon to a "directory". They logon to a domain. By their membership and rights assignments in the domain, Active Directory sets what they can access and at what level.

I would suggest the following topics to google

client server model
peer to peer networking
purpose of drive mappings
folder redirection.

These topics should give you a basic understanding of microsoft networking and how files/folders can be redirected vs just saving locally or via a mapped drive.

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