What say you ? Offline files with Redirected MyDocs ?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Muffy, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Muffy

    Muffy Guest

    I am rethinking the use of Offline files (assuming redirected MyDocs)

    I have always had it on in the past,
    but REALLY, with good backup/restore procedures,
    is it really necessary.

    Sure, some people could go on working with documents if
    the server goes down, but I don't remember the occassion where that
    has happened. And without offline files, things are a good bit
    snappier and I don't lose all that space to CSC.

    Should I have my head examined before turning it off ?

    What do you all do ?
    Muffy, Feb 20, 2006
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    MDBJ Guest

    laptops, which do go out in the field, need offline files.
    MDBJ, Feb 20, 2006
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  3. Muffy

    Russ Grover Guest

    You have The client PC's backed up on a regular Schedule?

    I personally think ON is better.
    Just ask the CEO if he lost everything in his/her My Document folder right
    Would that be a great loss to you or not?

    It only takes once for the files to be important...

    My guess is he/she would love to keep that information.
    And so would all the other client PC's

    I say you are playing Russian roulette without it.. IMO

    you gotta ask your self, do you feel lucky?


    Russ Grover
    Small Business IT Support
    SBS Rocks!
    Portland/Beaverton OR
    Email: Sales at SBITS.Biz
    Website: http://www.SBITS.Biz
    Russ Grover, Feb 20, 2006
  4. Muffy

    Russ Grover Guest

    sorry I read it wrong..
    I thought he wanted to stop redirect.. LOL
    yes you need offline files..

    Just take the server offline for 1hr and see if people complain LOL ;)


    Russ Grover
    Small Business IT Support
    SBS Rocks!
    Portland/Beaverton OR
    Email: Sales at SBITS.Biz
    Website: http://www.SBITS.Biz
    Russ Grover, Feb 20, 2006
  5. I do not like offline files, ever. I disable it in group policy, and disable
    caching on all the shares I create. For mobile users, I use SecondCopy at
    www.centered.com instead - for LAN users, they access everything directly
    from the server.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Feb 21, 2006
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    MDBJ Guest

    I'm curious, this must mean you don't have 'my folders' redirection as
    mandatory in server management · users setting-- correct? or is there a
    way to create 'exceptions' per pc and leave the setting as is?

    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    MDBJ, Feb 21, 2006
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    Marcio Guest

    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Glad to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't like offline files
    and disable it completely. I can see why one would want offline files
    for mobile users, but for LAN users, I don't see the point.
    Marcio, Feb 21, 2006
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    I use folder redirection for My Documents....I set it up in group policy. I
    just don't use offline files.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Feb 22, 2006
  9. Muffy

    MDBJ Guest

    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    I'm still ever more curious, call me captain oblivious if you must.....
    using redirection in group policy means when the laptops are first connected
    they will redirect/will look for "my documents" in the shared folder on the

    when the laptops are not connected, what happens-where do you keep the

    MDBJ, Feb 22, 2006
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    I don't apply the folder redirection policy to laptop users. :)
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Feb 23, 2006
  11. Muffy

    Muffy Guest

    On Mon, 20 Feb 2006 16:42:51 -0600, Muffy <> wrote:

    Russ, correct me if I am wrong,
    but since I am backing up the Server nightly,
    it is really not necessary to backup the Client PCs, right ?

    As I said, I am still going to redirect, so I will still have the
    server copy of each workstation's My Docs in the users folder on the
    SBS backed up nightly, and the users folder My Docs would always be
    current when the network was up (hopefully always). The most they
    could lose then would be revisions or a new document not yet saved.
    Am I right here ?

    BTW, I WAS referring to workstations - not laptops.
    Laptops would have to have a sync'd offline files, of course.
    Muffy, Feb 24, 2006
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    Pardon my jumping in....

    Actually, that isn't really phrased right. There is no "workstation My
    I usually use roaming profiles & folder redirection, so the cached user
    profiles on the workstations don't matter at all.
    Or another method.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Feb 24, 2006
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