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re-initializing client side cache for many users

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We have upgraded to a new 2003 server and demoted a 2000 server in our domain recently.
Now we are getting the infamous "you are no longer connected to the 'old server'" warning.
On my pc i re-initialized the csc by using ctrl-shift and delete files as i've read in other cases.
This works fine for 'one' pc. However, is there a stable way to do this for many users across the domain,
as opposed to having to visit everybody's pc and manually reconfigure the offline files?
We'd like to avoid any risky registry altering scripts that could go awry, if possible. The dillema appears to be
that there are some files we want to remain available offline and re-initializing the csc is going to render those
settings null and void. Perhaps there is an obvious or unobvious way in Global Policy to assign these folders for availability.
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What you need to do is to "format" the offline files database.  This is a registry key that can be added (manually, by GPO, by script) to your client PCs.  Once the machine is rebooted, all links to offline files are removed - and then the current files marked for offline (on the new server) are automatically readded - and the old ones aren't.  This was a hard-found solution that solved the same issue for me when I got a new server and moved all files that clients had marked as offline.

Simple as adding the registry key, and rebooting - all fixed!

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=230738

Thanks,

Justin
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Thank you very much for that answer.  While we did encounter different responses from different computers,
it let us accomplish what we were shooting for. I think there may have been something not-quite-right when pushing out the script to the pc's. However, this did reset the cache like we wanted. I hope in the future I can learn to get throught the Microsoft KB as well as you were able to obviously.

Thanks again.
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sorry I didn't give more explanation.  If you need any assistance, please post back here!

Thanks!

Justin
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