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It uses existing file server management technologies, such as file classification and folder quotas, to manage user data. You can configure security policies to instruct user PCs and devices to encrypt Work Folders and use a lock screen password, for example. You can implement Failover Clustering together with Work Folders to provide a high-availability solution.
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52 CHAPTER 3 Storage Considerations for Work Folders When planning for the implementation of Work Folders, you need to be aware of the following considerations: Backend storage is provided by on-premises file servers and Work Folders must be stored in local storage on the file server (for example, data can be on local shares on a Windows Server 2012 R2). Users sync to their own folder on the file server—there is no support for syncing arbitrary file shares (for example, sync the sales demos share to my device). Work Folders doesn’t provide collaboration functionality such as sharing sync files or folders with other users (we recommend using SkyDrive Pro if you need document collaboration features). Comparison between Work Folders and other data sync solutions The table below compares the different underlying technologies used and intended usage scenarios for Work Folders, FR/CSC, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Microsoft SkyDrive Pro. Sync solution Data location Access protocol Intended usage scenarios Support for personal devices Work Folders File server HTTPS The user’s work data Yes FR/CSC File server SMB (on-premises or VPN) The user’s work data No SkyDrive Public cloud HTTPS The user’s personal data Yes SkyDrive Pro SharePoint Online in Office 365 or on-premises SharePoint 2013 HTTPS The user’s work data and team work data Yes Setting up Work Folders The following is a brief overview of how to set up and use Work Folders. Note that additional steps are required to enable the client computer to be able to retrieve Work Folders settings and connect to the server across the Internet. For more detailed information see the Work Folders Test Lab Deployment Guide referenced in the Learn More section at the end of this chapter.
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Work Folders CHAPTER 3 53 Work Folders requires an Active Directory environment. Start by installing the Work Folders role service on a file server running Windows Server 2012 R2. The Work Folders role service is part of the File and iSCSI Services role service for the file and Storage Services role: Installing the Work Folders role service will also install some components of the IIS (Web Server) role. A new Work Folders page will be added to the File and Storage Services canvas in Server Manager. To configure Work Folders, you first need to create a sync share, which maps to a local path where all the user folders will be hosted under and to the group of users who can access the sync share:
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54 CHAPTER 3 Storage Creating a sync share simply allows the user to access the data hosted on the file server through the Sync protocol. Selecting the New Sync Share task, as shown previously, launches the New Sync Share Wizard:
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