Getting rid of the 'Sync to Offline Server' and server that is not there anymore.

Posted on 2008-11-16
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Hi All.
This is my PC i have an issue with.

Removed my PC from circulation about 3 months ago and used another one. During this time we re-installed our SBS2003 server and all is fine - However I now need to re-use my old PC and so have bought it back into the network.

Because the server was re-built from the ground up (even used a slightly different server name and domain name) the old PC required 're-connecting' to the new domain - All this is fine and all is running fine however - during the log on and log off when the server is 'SYNC'd the OLD server is in the sync list (along with the new one - which syncs fine) and this constantly fails (As you would expect it too)

There is constantly that little white PC icon in the bottom right and periodically I get the message saying the server is not available for re-connect.

if I hover over the icon I get the message - 'offline files - Computer(s) offline' - which I know it is as the server no longer exists.

My question is - how do I permenanetly remove the server from the list and how do I stop if from trying to Sync - I have tried the usual config options of removing the 'tick' from logo on and log off for Lan connection in the Synchronisation settings - but to no joy.

Can any one help me get rid of this forever please!!!!.

Thank you and Regards
Question by:AndyKeen
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Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 22972074
In Vista (I can see you are using XP), when I tried Syncing to another machine, there was a property on the synchronized file that showed it was a sync copy. In my case, the host machine was an XP machine and there were no indicators on the host files.

For me to break the relationship, I had to break it at the folder and sometimes the file level.

I don't think I can explain this well, because it has been a while and I left Offline Files behind. Check the properties of the sync'd folders and files on your XP machine. ... T

Accepted Solution

jazpuk earned 2000 total points
ID: 22972467
Please try the solution accepted in the following post (steps 1 and 2 at the bottom) to reset your offline files and hopefully remove the redundant servers name:


And I'm unsure which part you want to turn off?  The sync when you log out of windows... or do you want to turn offline files off totally?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31517385
Absolutely spot on - I have had this issue before and never found the resolve - but the link you provided had the perfect answer - thank you.

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