Turn OFF file synchronization

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Dave Taylor, Apr 10, 2004.

  1. Dave Taylor

    Dave Taylor Guest

    Help,
    I upgraded to SBS2003 and redirected my users "My Documents" to the server
    (they had originally been on local machines). A week after doing this, with
    many complaints of lost files and disconnect/resync problems I am SOOO SORRY
    that I tried using this "feature". I would like to keep the "My Documents"
    folders on the computer, but I want the stupid synch/offline use stuff
    turned OFF. How do I keep the My Docs folders on the server and turn the
    file sync stuff OFF?

    Thanks
    David Taylor
     
    Dave Taylor, Apr 10, 2004
    #1
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  2. See http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;230738 which
    might fix the offline synch problem. Once I did this, it works flawlessly.

    Hope this is useful to you. Let us know.

    rms




    Dave Taylor wrote:
    > Help,
    > I upgraded to SBS2003 and redirected my users "My Documents" to the server
    > (they had originally been on local machines). A week after doing this, with
    > many complaints of lost files and disconnect/resync problems I am SOOO SORRY
    > that I tried using this "feature". I would like to keep the "My Documents"
    > folders on the computer, but I want the stupid synch/offline use stuff
    > turned OFF. How do I keep the My Docs folders on the server and turn the
    > file sync stuff OFF?
    >
    > Thanks
    > David Taylor
    >
    >
     
    Rob Schneider, Apr 10, 2004
    #2
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  3. In news:,
    Dave Taylor <> wrote:

    > I upgraded to SBS2003 and redirected my users "My Documents" to the
    > server (they had originally been on local machines). A week after
    > doing this, with many complaints of lost files and disconnect/resync
    > problems I am SOOO SORRY that I tried using this "feature". I would
    > like to keep the "My Documents" folders on the computer, but I want
    > the stupid synch/offline use stuff turned OFF. How do I keep the My
    > Docs folders on the server and turn the file sync stuff OFF?


    Hi David,

    Thare are two ways of doing this:

    1. On each workstation double click My Computer -> Folder Options -> Offline
    Files and uncheck 'Enable offline folders'.

    2. The second way is a little bit more complicated but it enables you to
    control this setting for all your workstations assuming they are all part of
    the default Smallbusiness Server Client Computer Policy. On the server you
    open administrative tools -> Group Policy Management. Right click the
    Smallbusiness Client Computer Client policy and choose Edit. Drill down in
    the policy Computer Configuration -> Network -> Offline Files -> and Choose
    Diabled for 'Allow or Disaalow use of the Offline Files feature'.

    One thing...offline file should work just fine under normal circumstances.
    Do you have any GPO processing errors in the event log?

    Bye
    Mariette
     
    Mariette Knap [SBS MVP], Apr 10, 2004
    #3
  4. Dave Taylor

    Trevor Home Guest

    Mariette,

    >> One thing...offline file should work just fine under normal

    circumstances.

    What are normal circumstances? If a user has Microsoft Access installed, a
    file called system.mdw is created everytime Access is opened. It can't be
    used as an offline file, and the synchronization crashes every time. Is
    that normal?

    If you make the mistake of redirecting the "application data" folder (as I
    did), you also get the synchronization errors caused by archive.pst - a
    standard Outlook file. Is that normal?

    Like poor David, I thought I was doing my clients a big favor by enabling
    folder redirection. The hell it puts users through is remarkable. After
    four months of use, I still get complaints EVERY SINGLE DAY and I only have
    14 users.

    This "feature" should be removed from the server management console and
    relagated exclusively to the group policy console where idiots like me won't
    be tempted to deploy it.

    Sorry about the rant.

    -Trevor


    "Mariette Knap [SBS MVP]" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In news:,
    > Dave Taylor <> wrote:
    >
    > > I upgraded to SBS2003 and redirected my users "My Documents" to the
    > > server (they had originally been on local machines). A week after
    > > doing this, with many complaints of lost files and disconnect/resync
    > > problems I am SOOO SORRY that I tried using this "feature". I would
    > > like to keep the "My Documents" folders on the computer, but I want
    > > the stupid synch/offline use stuff turned OFF. How do I keep the My
    > > Docs folders on the server and turn the file sync stuff OFF?

    >
    > Hi David,
    >
    > Thare are two ways of doing this:
    >
    > 1. On each workstation double click My Computer -> Folder Options ->

    Offline
    > Files and uncheck 'Enable offline folders'.
    >
    > 2. The second way is a little bit more complicated but it enables you to
    > control this setting for all your workstations assuming they are all part

    of
    > the default Smallbusiness Server Client Computer Policy. On the server you
    > open administrative tools -> Group Policy Management. Right click the
    > Smallbusiness Client Computer Client policy and choose Edit. Drill down in
    > the policy Computer Configuration -> Network -> Offline Files -> and

    Choose
    > Diabled for 'Allow or Disaalow use of the Offline Files feature'.
    >
    > One thing...offline file should work just fine under normal circumstances.
    > Do you have any GPO processing errors in the event log?
    >
    > Bye
    > Mariette
    >
    >
     
    Trevor Home, Apr 11, 2004
    #4
  5. Dave Taylor

    Terry M Guest

    You've got me scared now.

    I wanted to use this for a few desktop clients, as much for backup as
    anything.
    If I disable synch/offline are there still 'issues'?

    Terry


    "Dave Taylor" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Help,
    > I upgraded to SBS2003 and redirected my users "My Documents" to the server
    > (they had originally been on local machines). A week after doing this,

    with
    > many complaints of lost files and disconnect/resync problems I am SOOO

    SORRY
    > that I tried using this "feature". I would like to keep the "My

    Documents"
    > folders on the computer, but I want the stupid synch/offline use stuff
    > turned OFF. How do I keep the My Docs folders on the server and turn the
    > file sync stuff OFF?
    >
    > Thanks
    > David Taylor
    >
    >
     
    Terry M, Apr 12, 2004
    #5
  6. Sync works fine here.

    Hope this is useful to you. Let us know.

    rms




    Terry M wrote:
    > You've got me scared now.
    >
    > I wanted to use this for a few desktop clients, as much for backup as
    > anything.
    > If I disable synch/offline are there still 'issues'?
    >
    > Terry
    >
    >
    > "Dave Taylor" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >
    >>Help,
    >>I upgraded to SBS2003 and redirected my users "My Documents" to the server
    >>(they had originally been on local machines). A week after doing this,

    >
    > with
    >
    >>many complaints of lost files and disconnect/resync problems I am SOOO

    >
    > SORRY
    >
    >>that I tried using this "feature". I would like to keep the "My

    >
    > Documents"
    >
    >>folders on the computer, but I want the stupid synch/offline use stuff
    >>turned OFF. How do I keep the My Docs folders on the server and turn the
    >>file sync stuff OFF?
    >>
    >>Thanks
    >>David Taylor
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    >
     
    Rob Schneider, Apr 13, 2004
    #6
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