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How do I share offline folders to another PC using Vista

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My laptop has the "documents" folder pointing to a folder on my server in the office, this is then synchronised using offline files and works perfectly.

Now, when I am at home I would like to be able to connect to the "documents" folder on my laptop using my home PC - I have shared my user area and can see everything (desktop, music etc) except Documents. I can see that it can't "see" them because they are on the server in the office but as they are contained somewhere on the laptop surely I should be able to access them from my home PC?

I know I could connect to my office server using the VPN but we all know how slow that is!
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You can't. Those files get dump in some sort of 'database' and aren't plainly accesible: the offline folders cache in c:\windows\csc
If you want to do something like this you'll need a file sync tool set up. E.g. robocopy. But this is not in the least as user friendly as offline folders.

J.
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OK, shame. Thanks - I will have to carry on as I have been ie copying files onto the desktop and accessing them that way!

Just typing the above gave me an idea which is a workaround that works - I just put a shortcut (or link as they are now) to documents on my laptop's desktop. I can then see this on my PC and click through to documents.
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OK, I fibbed - I didn't realise at first - if I open the shortcut to documents on the desktop share on the laptop it doesn't open the laptop documents at all, it opens documents on my PC!

Oh well, back to plan A.
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I was already wondering how you did that and if that was a feature I overlooked in Vista, although I would not understand how it could work. Thx for the feedback.

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