2003 - Redirected Folders & Offline Synch

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Snack, Oct 30, 2004.

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    Snack Guest

    We've enabled My Documents Folder Redirection for a Win2003 Domain XP/Win2K
    client LAN. For some reason Offline Files / Folder Synchronization was
    enabled by default with no options in Folder Redirct menus to manage this
    feature. I can find no mention of how/where/why Offline files was magically
    turned on or where to manage it's relationship to Redirected Folders.

    The issue is we have a 10gig data limit and log offs are taking up to 10+
    minutes with clients synching the entire My Documents folder on every log
    off. How can we prevent a "full" synch at every log off, synching only
    changed or new files/folders? Not fun for a laptop user looking to catch a

    - Not using intellimirror at the moment
    - Found Offline file settings in the Admin Templates of the GPO but all
    Offline settings are "not configured".
    - Where/how do you exclude MDB files since they cause client side Synch
    errors when logging off (Microsoft assumes all MDB's require a network
    Snack, Oct 30, 2004
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    Todd J Heron Guest

    Must have been turned on by either a local, OU, domain or site policy.
    Offline folders in group policy is "not configured" by default, as you have
    seen. ALso, .mdb files are excluded by default, so you are seeing behavior
    suggestive of someone manually implemeting a setting somewhere in either
    local or group policy. You can reverse this by disabling Offline Files
    altogether at all policy levels (OU, domain and site policy), the below
    demonstrates for Default Domain Policy.

    Default Domain Policy
    Computer Configuration
    Administrative Templates
    Offline Files (Settings)

    Allow or Disallow use of the Offline Files Feature: Disabled
    Disable User Configuration of Offline Files: Enabled
    Synchronize all offline files before logging off: Disabled
    Disable "Make Available Offline": Enabled
    Prevent Use of Offline Files folder: Enabled
    At logoff, delete local copy of user's offline files: Disabled
    Subfolders always available offline: Disabled

    Default Domain Policy
    User Configuration
    Administrative Templates
    Offline Files (Settings)

    Disable User Configuration of Offline Files: Enabled
    Synchronize all offline files before logging off: Disabled
    Disable "Make Available Offline": Enabled
    Prevent USe of OFfline Files folder: Enabled
    Todd J Heron, Oct 30, 2004
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    gfisk Guest

    Thanks for the reply Todd but this is a brand new test server right outta
    the box. We added 5 users, then turned on Folder redirection for My
    Documents in the Default Domain Policy. Nothing else has been implemented,
    edited or changed on the server or client. My Documents Redirect is the
    only change period. Still hunting for what, where and how...!
    gfisk, Oct 31, 2004
  4. Disable offline use on the share(s) on the server. Same with your profiles
    parent folder share, if you use roaming profiles.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Oct 31, 2004
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    gfisk Guest

    Doh! It was at the client end. XP Pro SP2, Offline Files Enabled by default
    with Synchronization at logoff. We weren't controlling any user or computer
    aspect from the server except Folder Redirects.

    In XP, set by default
    Tools-> Folder Options -> Offline Files
    - Enable Offline Files
    - Synch All Files before logoff
    - 10% of disk

    Not sure whether to turn off Offline files with Policy or let end users
    manage it. With our large Quotas (10g) it's painful how long it can take to
    log off once you get past a gig of data (change a file or not it's
    sloooow). Hmmm scheduled Synch, user initiated...
    gfisk, Oct 31, 2004
  6. Why do you want offline files in use on computers on your LAN? This is
    generally used by remote/laptop users. I don't like offline files myself
    anyway - I prefer www.centered.com for syncing.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Oct 31, 2004
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    gfisk Guest

    We don't necessarily but that's apparently the default with MS clients. I
    was trying to figure out how to manage Offline files (on, off, partial,
    whatever!) and was stumped until I relaized that it's the client that is ON
    by default and not a setting on the server we had made. We are now
    preventing Offline file use by LAN desktops through the Offline Policy
    template and will play with it for mobile users.
    Yep that would be my thinking, still baflled why Offline is on by default
    with XP and never mentioned as an issue in any tech doc I read for Folder
    Redirects. But then again I'm still baffled why I can't use a standard
    template policy to place My Documents on all desktops.
    Thanks I'll check it out.
    gfisk, Nov 1, 2004
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