How to use "Offline Folders" in a workgroup mode

Hey All,

I am trying to setup offline folders in a workgroup enviroment. First of all, is it possible without any 3rd party help? And if it can be done, how?? I have searched but cant find anything suitable.

Basically all users have a mapped drive to the file server and I want it so that when they shutdown for the day their files on their local machine "ie My Documents" folder are synced to the server.

I did look at the offline folder options in explorer, but they do not allow any setting for a network location so how does that work?

Thanks for any help in this matter.
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Hi Brian,

What you want is folder redirection + offline files.

This can be setup in the local group policy (start->run->gpedit.msc)

Folder redirection:

Then set up offline files on the share that you're pointing folder redirection to.



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Once you enable the Offline Files in Windows>Folder Options>Offline Files, simply right click a share and select Make Available Offline.....

As stated above, Folder redirection is great. Just remember if this is XP Home, there is no GPO...

And what you will also want to do, is to make sure that the "Caching " mode on teh share is set to Automatic...

On the clients, start>run>mobsync , then select Setup. Make sure you select the options for both logging on and off of the machine, for an automatic sync...
BigRussian63Author Commented:
Thanks guys, I will try and research more. Is there like a step by step tutorial somewhere. I am looking but I cant find one.
Well Brian, there's really very few steps involved. I thought I gave you what you needed.. You just need to read and interpret the advice and link I gave you. If you do this by interpreting instead of following numbered instructions you'll get a better idea of what you're actually doing as well.

"This can be setup in the local group policy (start->run->gpedit.msc)". I wrote this because the KB article I linked to didn't say how to get in to the group policy editor. Then the KB article explains in the "Set up" section how to do the folder redirection. Then after that, find the share that you have the folder redirection going to, right click it, click "make available offline" and follow the prompts.

Keep in mond that XP home does not support offline files.

Also keep in mind that unless your users are going off site, u dont need offline files.  Just use My Docs Redirect by mapping a network drive, then right clicking on My Docs and specifying a new location
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