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I would like to set up my 2000 server to use Offline Files.
All instruction that I found said that I have to
1.     Open  My Computer.
2.     On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
3.     On the Offline Files tab, make sure that the Enable Offline Files check box is selected.
But I have to Offline Files tab under Folder Option; I have it in Win Professional and in XP, but not in the Server.
Is any chance that someone sat it up for server, please let me know how
Thanks
Peter
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by:YarnoSG
ID: 8182794
Is the folder you are focused on a local drive to the server?
You only have the option on NETWORK drives.

-HTH
-Steven Yarnot
http://yarnosg.home.insightbb.com

ps:  do you REALLY want your SERVER playing around with offline files?;  sounds like a big performance hit.

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by:psimonov
ID: 8182860
Yes,
It’s on the Network Drive, the problem is I can not Enable Offline Files on my serve, by default it’s disable.
Actually that I am doing, I want to replicate few folders between trusted domains, they are not in the same AD and I can not do file replication or DFS. I fought that file synchronization can be good solution, rather use third party software for replication.
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by:aftershoq
ID: 8184116
Try going to the "share" tab (within the server) and click on the "Caching" button to allow caching of the folder/files.
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aftershoq earned 400 total points
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Sorry, not a very good description...  When you setup the "Share", there is a "Caching" button on the Folder Properties window (share tab).  That's where you allow it - we set ours to "manual".
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by:psimonov
ID: 8195875
Oh, thanks,
I never know that it could be set up though cashing.
Can you tell me how you configured client on another server to mark the shared folder and make it available offline. (On workstation my computer/File/Make available offline)
Thanks
Peter
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by:psimonov
ID: 8195879
Oh, thanks,
I never know that it could be set up though cashing.
Can you tell me how you configured client on another server to mark the shared folder and make it available offline. (On workstation my computer/File/Make available offline)
Thanks
Peter
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by:aftershoq
ID: 8203032
Once connected to the share, you should be able to right-click the file/folder and select "make available offline".  Then, under your Tools menu -> Folders Options -> Offline Files, you can specifiy your options.  Hope this helps.
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by:psimonov
ID: 8203920
Nope,
Even I done That you told me and cashed the folder for offline I still can do not have offline folder tab under Folder Option and can not make file available for offline.
Any clue
Thanks
Peter
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by:dtoepoel
ID: 8637393
Hello Peter, I ran into the same problem,

let me guess, you have Windows Terminal services enabled on your Server?

Here's what M$ has to say about it:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;288135

Especially the workaround (uninstalling TS on your server) was a real laugh... Tsghhh...

But if installing VNC is an option (if you only used it for remote administration purposes) then you could do it. (uninstall TS and enable offline folders)

Hope that helped,

Dennis.
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by:psimonov
ID: 8639676
Hi Dennis,
I can not use that at all.
I manage remotely my servers in Australia from Montreal.  I’ll be happy to try but it could cost me a fortune.
Thanks any way.
I almost forget that I posted this question.
And how is your problem, have you got it run?
Peter
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by:dtoepoel
ID: 8642670
Well, what I did was I installed VNC (downloadable from here: http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc/download.html ) on a server first... (using Terminal Services to connect to it first) ; installed VNC from Control Panel --> Add/Remove Software  and then installed it like that, set it up as a service... set a password on it (this is important cause you can't 'take over a machine' with an empty password with vncviewer), and then closed the terminal server session, and connected to the machine using VNCViewer... that worked, and then I proceeded uninstalling terminal services and after a remote reboot, it was running just VNC and indeed I could enable offline folders from My Computer --> Tools --> Folder Options --> Offline Folders tab.

So if you only use Terminal services for remote administrating purposes (and not multi-user Terminal Services), this will work.

The trick is not to uninstall Terminal Services before you have your VNC solution working. (or another tool that allows you to 'take over' your computer) ; be sure what you're doing though, I can imagine a trip to Australia from Montreal isn't cool at all ;) ; if you're not sure, or if you're not sure about VNC, try to setup a test with two pc's -locally- first... and test all you need.

Servers used were Windows 2000 servers with SP3 installed.

It worked like a charm for me.

Greetz, Dennis.
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by:psimonov
ID: 8651811
Hi Dennis,
I have a PC anywhere as back-up for my remote connection. Today just is not best to try, but I’ll do one day.
You said if I use TS only for remote administration there should be no problem, but I use it only for my needs. I never configured this server for application mode. Should I stop service, got my offline option and start it back. My offline option will stay after.
Thanks again and have a nice day.
Peter
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