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Chapter 8. SHARING RESOURCES ON THE NETWORK > Working with User Directories

Working with User Directories

So far we have been looking at shared folders and directories as repositories of data that will be accessed by a number of users on the network. Another type of directory found on network servers is called a home directory or folder (again, depending on the NOS you are using). It is a share configured for one particular user. It supplies that user a private directory on the server to store important files.

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Setting up home directories for users makes a lot of sense. Home directories supply users with a place to keep their data (rather than locally on their computers), which makes the data a little more secure. Also, encouraging users to save their files in their home directories on the server makes it easy for you to back up users'data when you back up the server. Backing up a server is discussed in Chapter 14, "Protecting Network Data," in the section "Backing Up Data."



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