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Is folder sync with 2003 SBS automatically done when a file is changed?

We have serveral remote computers connected to our sever, but we are not using a domain.  We just connect to the server and sign in.

I have set up folder sync. The computers are online.  It is my belief that Word will look at the local copy first, rathan than the server copy.

If someone locally edits a file when connected, does the changed file automatically get saved back to the server by folder sync, so that another user will see the changes if they open the file?  

We don't want to go through a long sync process, we would prefer that files get saved right away.

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computerlarry
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skcandcoCommented:
Are we talking about folders being made available offline, and the synch that occurs when users connect to the network?  Also what OS are we talking about for the end users, XP or Vista?  Vista handles offline files differently than XP.
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computerlarryAuthor Commented:
The users are XP Pro.
The server is connected over the Internet.

Opening a file from the server over a slow network connection won't do.  Microsoft says to use Offline Folders when the network connection is slow.

I will leave the computers connected all the time.  I was going to turn on folder sync.  I need to know how fast the files will open, and how long it will take a changed file to appear on the server, and whether another person opening the file will see the changes right away.
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skcandcoCommented:
In XP, when you're working online, the network copy is the one that gets opened.  the changes will be seen immediately on the network as soon as the files are saved.  If the speed falls below the threshold so that XP thinks it's "offline" it opens the local copy, and when it's saved it gets stored to the offline cache.  The changes won't be seen on the network until the computer is brought back online and the changes are synchronized.  If these files are going to be frequently opened and changed, you're probably best off working online.  Otherwise there's a good chance that you're going to run into a situation where the online file and the offline file are both changed, and users have to choose which one to keep and which to get rid of.
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