My Documents redirection, Offline files, laptops and syncronization issues
Posted on 2006-05-04
I have a small network that consists of 7 XP pro desktops, 2 XP pro laptops, and 1 SBS2003 Server. I recently (3-4 weeks ago) enabled "My Documents" redirection for all users in the domain. I disabled "Offline Files" on the 7 desktops, but left it enabled on the 2 laptops. Everything seemed to be working just fine until about two days ago, one of the laptops started giving "Sycronization Failed" messages. It comes up with a long list of files (.mdb, .dbf, .dbk, extensions) and says they cannot be made available offline. Why was it not a problem before? I did not change anything before this started.
The laptop is used by one of my techs to program and calibrate machinery that we manufacture, sometimes out in the field. The files in question are the program files for the PLC's and HMI's. I need them backed up regularly and available when not logged into the domain. My understanding was that "My Documents redirection" and "Offline files" was a perfect fit. My guy has access to his files at all times AND they get backed up regularly with everything else on the server. Like I said everything seemd to be working as planned until this week, yet I haven't changed anything.
If the redirection and offline files just plain will not work is there another laptop backup/access solution that can be implemented? Preferrably one that would not require the user to initiate. The only directory I am worried about is "My Documents" that is where everything important is stored.
Currently I have disabled "offline files" on the laptop so at least I know everything important is residing on the server and being backed up. I also have a network drop in the area he needs to use computer on the shop floor, that covers me in house but obviously will not work out in the field.
Any help would be appreciated.