Work Folders are Now Available for Windows 7

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Work Folders are Now Available for Windows 7

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Added by February 2, 2015

Work folders were introduced with Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows 8.1 being the client.  Work Folders provide domain users with the ability to access corporate data from a network share whether in or out of the office.  Similar to current technologies like Box, Dropbox and 1 drive, but with these technologies administrators cannot control access to the content being made available.

Windows 8.1 client the computers do not require being joined to the domain with the use of the new feature Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  Windows 7 computers must be members of the domain.  Work Folders are supported on both x32 and x64 bit versions of Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate.

Once Work Folders have been configured on a Windows 2012 R2 server, download and install the following files from the Microsoft Download Center.

Windows6.1-KB2891638-x86 – for all Windows 7 x-86 based version:

Windows6.1-KB2891638-x64 – for all Windows 7 x-64 based versions:

Follow the wizard to install the appropriate package.  Once installed go to the System and Security section of the Control Panel to complete the Work Folders setup by clicking on Work Folders.  When configuring your credentials during setup, when prompted for your email address use your UPN within Active Directory Domain Services instead.  Alternatively, Work Folders clients can be configured through Group Policy.

Until next, time Ride Safe!

Rick Trader
Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

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