Cached Drives/Mapped Drives

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Chris, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Chris

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    We just lost our "Data" drive which had all our shares and mapped drives. I
    was able to re-partition and restore the data back to their locations .

    The challenge is, our workstations seem to have Offline Files on or
    something. When the click the drive letter, no files are shown.

    If I disconnect the drive and try to map using \\servername\sharename i get
    an error. Even trying to go to \\servername\ to see all shares I get only one
    Share named "Users" - which is our User's drive (not restored yet)

    There is no netlogon even to re-execute the login script.

    If I manually disconnect the drive, and than map using the \\ip
    address\share it works. However, printers and other resources do not.

    I did notice the "Offline Files" with the computer is present. I cannot
    disable it (grey). I have reviewed the Group Policies on the server and there
    does not appear to be any settings for it, enabled or otherwise.

    The only way I've been able to fix it thus far is by sitting at the local
    machine, logging in as local admin and

    1) Turn off Offline Files
    2) Disable it for the computer in local GPO
    3) Release IP, Flush DNS, Renew IP and Register DNS
    4) Reboot the computer

    This seems to sovle it.

    Trying to figure out what this has to do with - is it Offline Files, is a
    DNS cache issue?
    Chris, Sep 29, 2008
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  2. If offline files stuff is grayed out, it is definitely enabled by group
    policy (and it is enabled by default, if you used folder redirection). You
    can disable it via group policy. Run rsop.msc and you'll see where it was

    I *disable* it via group policy - you can choose to do this for users, or
    for all workstations. I don't remember what GPO controls this by default in
    SBS as I always set up my own.

    Your post illustrates one of the many reasons I do not like offline files.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Sep 29, 2008
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