What is Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2

Work Folders is a new file and storage features introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 and it provides the following benefits:

  • It helps organizations address the “bring your own device” (BYOD) scenario.
  • Provides a consistent way for business users to access their work folders from their personal computers anywhere from centrally managed file servers on the enterprise network.
  • Work folders can co-exist with existing deployments of other file and storage technologies such as Folder Redirection, Offline files, and Client-Side-Caching.
  • It provides a single point of access to work files.
  • Enables users to access work files while offline and sync with the central file server.
  • It also helps in maintaining the data encryption in transit.
  • Security policies can also be configured to instruct user PCs and devices to encrypt Work Folders and use a lock screen password.
  • It is supported with Windows Failover Clustering to provide a high availability solution.

Read more about the Work Folders here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn265974.aspx

About Nirmal Sharma

Nirmal is a MCSEx3, MCITP and was awarded Microsoft MVP award in Directory Services. He is specialized in Directory Services, Microsoft Clustering, Hyper-V, SQL and Exchange and has been involved in Microsoft Technologies since 1994. In his spare time, he offers technical help by writing tips and articles. Nirmal can be reached at [email protected].

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