What is Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2

by [Published on 21 May 2014 / Last Updated on 21 May 2014]

Tip explains “Work Folders”, a new feature introduced 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 nirmal_sharma@mvps.org.

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