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The issue with having all the files in a single computer NAS-style is I'd have to train everyone to use that instead of just saving the files on the local disk. This is easy for you and I, but we're talking people who are well into their 40's and don't have much computer experience to boot.

I'm guessing I could setup the computer with NAS software to make it easier to automatically back-up certain folders. I could also get Windows to do automated back-ups of their e-mails (VERY mission-critical) regularly.

I guess the main concerns I have right now are: disk size and what software to use.

Use network drives. We just save everything to P:\ instead of C:\ now... the computer users don't even need to know the drive isn't physically in their computer lol.

It doesn't sound like disk space is going to be a large concern... I'd just get the largest drives that don't seem overpriced.
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Use network drives. We just save everything to P:\ instead of C:\ now... the computer users don't even need to know the drive isn't physically in their computer lol.

It doesn't sound like disk space is going to be a large concern... I'd just get the largest drives that don't seem overpriced.

Yea, I guess that might work. Is it possible to point the desktop to a folder on the NAS? Or maybe have a folder sync the NAS and the desktop? I know you can do that with the My Documents folder. The reason I ask is that's where they save most of their stuff in.

EDIT: Now that I think of it, having the desktop somewhere on the network may cause some problems. I'll just try and figure a way to sync the files on the desktop to the server.
Edited by nolonger - 2/21/13 at 3:39pm
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Yea, I guess that might work. Is it possible to point the desktop to a folder on the NAS? Or maybe have a folder sync the NAS and the desktop? I know you can do that with the My Documents folder. The reason I ask is that's where they save most of their stuff in.

EDIT: Now that I think of it, having the desktop somewhere on the network may cause some problems. I'll just try and figure a way to sync the files on the desktop to the server.

I wouldn't put the desktop itself on the network, but you can link my documents or any other folder onto it without any problems.

Making the network drive is super easy- In windows 7, just open "my computer" and "map network drive" is an option at the top. This will be the same as having a new hard drive as far as they would be concerned... just make sure your server is on a static IP so your pointer always goes there.

Another folder linking option I like to use is the one used here to move diablo 3 without the game knowing: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5642269402. This allows you to move C:\my documents\ to your network drive P:\My documents\. When "Fred" saves something to C:\My documents, it really saves it to your network drive P:\My documents... without any difference to Fred. If most of the files being opened are under 100mb each, it's likely "Fred" wouldn't even notice this ever happened if you did it on a weekend and didn't tell him.
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I wouldn't put the desktop itself on the network, but you can link my documents or any other folder onto it without any problems.

Making the network drive is super easy- In windows 7, just open "my computer" and "map network drive" is an option at the top. This will be the same as having a new hard drive as far as they would be concerned... just make sure your server is on a static IP so your pointer always goes there.

Another folder linking option I like to use is the one used here to move diablo 3 without the game knowing: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5642269402. This allows you to move C:\my documents\ to your network drive P:\My documents\. When "Fred" saves something to C:\My documents, it really saves it to your network drive P:\My documents... without any difference to Fred. If most of the files being opened are under 100mb each, it's likely "Fred" wouldn't even notice this ever happened if you did it on a weekend and didn't tell him.

So basically what it does is point to the network drive every time the folder is accessed? Gotcha!
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