Thinking of how you Sync Files and Folders remotely before might have been a pain – What’s new in Windows 8.1 and 2012 R2

Thinking of how you Sync Files and Folders remotely before might have been a pain (nightmare) –
Introducing what’s new in Windows 8.1 and 2012 R2 that can help.

Thinking of how you Sync Files and Folders remotely before might have been a pain (nightmare), offline syncing
was not easy and you had to be connected to the LAN or connected via a VPN.

Over the past years this has got better in Windows 7 and then Windows 8 and now in Windows 8.1 and
Window Server 2012 R2 the options have got better and more.

Options available: How Work Folders Compares to Other Microsoft Sync Technologies

  

Consumer / personal data

Individual work data

Team / group work data

Personal devices

Access protocol

Data location

SkyDrive

X

  

  

X

HTTPS

Public cloud

SkyDrive Pro

  

X

X

X

HTTPS

SharePoint / Office 365

Work Folders

  

X

  

X

HTTPS

File server

Folder Redirection / Client-Side Caching

  

X

  

  

SMB (only from on-prem or using VPN)

File server

Microsoft have published a few links and walk thoughts how this  

Microsoft Working Folders

Work Folders address the bring-your-own device (BYOD) scenario, enabling users to store and access work files on personal PCs and devices as well as corporate PCs. Users gain a convenient location to store work files and access them from anywhere, while organizations maintain control over corporate data, storing the files on centrally managed file servers and optionally specifying user device policies such as encryption and lock screen passwords.

Work Folders can be deployed alongside existing deployments of Folder Redirection, Offline Files, and home folders. Work Folders stores user files in a folder on the server called a sync share, and you can specify a folder that already contains user data, enabling you to adopt Work Folders without migrating servers and data or immediately phasing out your existing solution.

Here is some of the functionality that Work Folders includes:

  • Provide a single point of access to work files on a user’s work and personal PCs and devices (Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, with immediate plans to follow up with Windows 7 and iPad support and other devices likely in the future)
  • Access work files while offline and sync with the central file server when the PC or device next has Internet or network connectivity
  • Maintain data encryption in transit as well as at rest on devices and allow corporate data wipe through device management services such as Windows Intune
  • Use existing file server management technologies such as file classification and folder quotas to manage user data
  • Specify security policies to instruct user PCs and devices to encrypt Work Folders and use a lock screen password, for example
  • Use Failover Clustering with Work Folders to provide high-availability solution

Microsoft Working Folders Overview
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn265974.aspx

Microsoft Working Folders

http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2013/07/10/introducing-work-folders-on-windows-server-2012-r2.aspx

Work Folders Test Lab Deployment
http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2013/07/10/work-folders-test-lab-deployment.aspx

 

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