Setting Folder Redirection to update server copy at regular time intervals

I'm trying to setup folder redirection to occurr at a time interval instead of/ inclusive of logon, Finding it hard to get any info at all. Any ideas?
213jonAsked:
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Adam RayCommented:
I found what may be a termporary work around.  A way to configure an individual computer to "sync when idle" which will keep them more up to date.

From the workstation open up My Computer.  Tools Menu -> Synchronize...  -> On Idle tab.  And play around with the options.

If this can be configured on the worksation then it can probably be pushed down through a GPO (even if you have to push a custom registry setting or file instead of an actual GPO option.)

If you were looking for a solution that involves syncing at a specific time you may look into seeing if Vbscript or command line can be used to trigger a sync, and then just add it as a scheduled task.  (You may want to include some basic error checking before running the sync (i.e. make sure the laptop can currently ping the server before trying to sync) if this method is used--in order to avoid error messages on the user's computer.

Or even a quick and dirty way of running a command on all the workstations in your network is to use sysinternal's psexec.  I wouldn't reconmend it as a long term solution but it works wonders for short term or one-time tasks.
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ctbtechCommented:
I don't mean to ask a question to a question, but why would you want to redirect at time intervals?
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213jonAuthor Commented:
maybe not time intervals but certainly when a file is saved to, for instance, the My Documents folder, which is at present redirected to a share using GPO. This is to make sure that there is always an upto date copy of the users data on the server. Quite alot of our users dont logoff before they undock and take their Laptops home.
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Adam RayCommented:
A common reason is if users in the environment rarely sign off, the the admin wants to ensure their offline files are reasonably up to date if they unplug from the network (without signing off.)
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213jonAuthor Commented:
Thanks wcllc, a more acurate and concise point.
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213jonAuthor Commented:
On another of our sites they are creating a mapped drive on logon and telling their users to put anything they want backing up at this location. The user shouldnt need to do anything other than their 'house keeping' it's upto the company to look after its own data not the user.
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Adam RayCommented:
I'm sorry I can't actually look up the solution to your problem right now, but I believe it is possible.  Windows 2000 had a utility to schedule the syncs from the workstation side.  And an old employer of mine stated that "Offline files were sync'd every day at noon," but I wasn't a member of the IT team there so I don't know how it was implemented.
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213jonAuthor Commented:
I hope you're right. Its 0200 here, this is my first question and am at a loss what to organise with you. Thank you for your feed back so far, if there are any more details please enquire. Not knowing where you are in the world i wouldnt know when i could answer your Q's and it is time critical.
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ctbtechCommented:
This has been a good question.  Also I am going to post another question concerning this.  I have a question about the display when the users log off.  Is there a way to remove that so they want have to see it.  Anyway 213jon I'm sorry I can't give anymore input on this question, I will continue to research it.  Wcllc has a good idea, I will play with this myself.  Look for my question if you like... I will title it -- Offline folder syncronization dialog box appears.  

I will chime in if I find anything

Regards,
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213jonAuthor Commented:
Thank you again for your input ctbtech and wcllc. I have little knowledge of VB unfortunately, but i will be looking into the Sync options.
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ctbtechCommented:
I just followed what wcllc was saying, and went through my computer -- tools -- Synchronize.  It not only gives you the ability to disable accounts, do it on logon or logoff,  but it looks like it will allow you to use the scheduler for syncing as well.  

My computer  Tools  Synchronize  setup -- scheduled

Regards,
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213jonAuthor Commented:
The Question next is, how to get this applied via GP. I'm now starting to move away from the original Question but this must be possible, I'm still looking into this myself, so please don't give up on me.

Cheers, you've been great so far.
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Adam RayCommented:
I don't have time to do this myself at the moment, but here are some ideas in getting it done via GP.  (This is a work around method, there may be an actual GP template out there for this I don't know about.)

Download Process Monitor from Sysinternals.com (Unfortunately owned by M$) and start monitoring registry and file activity.  Then make changes to the scheduler and then examine the Process Monitor logs to find out where the settings are kept.  (Probably in the registry.)  And then push down the specific registry settings (or files) via the standard GPO provision.

Note: Expect VERY large logs with Process Monitor.  Shutdown everything possible before caputuring or use some clever filtering to minimize the grunt work in finding the key entries.
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213jonAuthor Commented:
Cheers wcllc,

I'll get cracking.
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