folder redirection/sychnronisation within an SBS 2003 environment

Posted on 2006-04-22
Last Modified: 2008-01-27

I have a client who has remote workers who VPN into the network, they want to synchronise a folder on the server called common, having looked in the folder redirection part of the Group Policies, I cannot see anything that will allow syncronisation of this folder. So my question is; am I missing something on the server side or do I have to set up the sync on each remote users laptop (which I find difficult to believe).

Thanks for your help in advance.

Question by:markflexman
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    by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
    Hi markflexman,

    This does not have to be done via folder redirection.  That is for redirecting a folder that's on an individual workstation/laptop to the server, such as My Documents.  (which is a very good idea, by the way and can be done with the My Documents Folder redirect wizard).

    For your purposes, however, it is my understanding that this is a network shared folder on the server.  By default, server shares are set to allow OFFLINE FILE SYNCHRONIZATION.  Then, the settings are all done on the laptops, all of which can be done by Group Policy, but it's best if you understand the workings of offline files first.

    The following needs to be done on the laptop:
    Enable Offline Files
    Map a drive to the server share
    Set the mapped drive to be available offline

    To enable offline files, open Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > Offline Files > and check the box for Enable Offline Files.
    Then, map a drive to your server share.  After it's created, right click on the mapped drive and select "make available offline" which will open the offline files wizard allowing you to set any preferences.


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    Thanks for that, I had setup the laptops to syncro with other shares, what I'm trying to achieve is the syncro of a new folder without setting up each of the laptops individually. You say that all of this can be done by Group Policy - can I ask for some detail on that (i.e where to go to set it).


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    This can be set at either the COMPUTER or USER configuration level, and the Group Policy item is
    \Administrative Templates\Network\Offline Files\ Administratively assigned offline files

    You would most likely want to set it on the "computer" level so that it would only apply to the laptops in the case that the user also logs into a desktop machine.

    You can read more about all of this here:


    Author Comment

    Deep apologies for non response.

    The issue is not fully resolved, but that is due to my time limitations - and I think that the respose from Jeff will lead me in the right direction.

    Please award the points.

    Regards and apologies again


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