Delayed Folder Redirection File Screens with PowerShell

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Folder Redirection

File Screens, a feature of the File Server Resource Manager tool, allows administrators to restrict the type of files that can be stored on a share. It is both useful and infuriating. Useful to me as I can enable it on our student’s redirected folder location. Infuriating for students because they can’t save any EXEs in this location.

File Screens has a downside though. It is an all or nothing approach to file type filtering. In the example above, users are either allowed or blocked from saving executable files on the HomeFolders location. The result is dependent on if the rule is active or not.

Let’s say that you don’t really mind that a user saves an executable to their redirected downloads folder. You might have asked a user to download an application so you can deploy it. Or a user might need to run a small application once (such as a online meeting plugin). When file screens are enabled, your users get a nasty accessed denied error. What is needed is something a bit more flexible – say, a PowerShell script (or two).


Saving Space by Shrinking Pictures – Reduce Picture Size with Folder Redirection

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Folder Redirection

Pictures and videos consume the most space in the redirected folders of my users. While I don’t have a great solution for videos yet, I cobbled together a few PowerShell scripts into a single solution. The script below will search a root folder (\\Test\FR\Staff\) and work through each user’s subfolder (\\Test\FR\Staff\jmoody\). It will find any picture greater than your specified resolution and reduce it to a more appropriate size. Even small environments could save several 100 GBs!


Extending Folder Redirection: Data Deduplication, Volume Shadow Services, and Offline Files

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Folder Redirection

So you enabled Folder Redirection and got pulled off to another 100 projects. Believe me, I completely understand. Though Folder Redirection is working for you, you can take it so much further! Welcome to part three of our Folder Redirection series. To get the most out of Folder Redirection, we will configure three technologies to save you space, time, and a few headaches – in order: Data Deduplication, Volume Shadow Services, and Offline Files.


Configuring Folder Redirection – Part 2 – Group Policy and Security

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Folder Redirection

When properly configured, Folder Redirection manages itself and untethers the user from their computer. With our DFS Namespace created, it is time create our folder redirection structure and configure our Group Policy Object. Navigate to your namespace (ex: \\Test.local\Data\) and create a new folder named “FR”. All redirected folders will be kept in this sub

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Setting Up Folder Redirection – Part 1 – DFS Namespaces

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Folder Redirection

Over the next few posts, we are going to cover folder redirection and the other tools you can use to extend it. These will include DFS namespaces, data deduplication, Volume Shadow Services, Offline Files, Security, and remote file access. As you can see, we have a lot to cover! Today, we are going to setup a DFS Namespace. Our next post will enable folder redirection and configure our file system security permissions.