I have a windows 2003 enteriprise server. We have 35 users on the network. I'm having a problem every time our ISP goes out with users files. There's a option on group policy that allows a certain server to never go offline. I've set this for a few of the lower end servers, if they would go offline users would go offline for that particular server, and have to resynchronize to be able to continue to work.
If the client pcs were setup to have static ips and group policy was setup to never go offline for the 2003 enterprise server.
Would this stop them from going offline? Basically if we lose connection to our isp, I would like the users to still be able to work online with there files through the network, but when the isp goes out all my users go offline from this particular server, which causes many problems with their roaming profiles.
If I had static ips setup on the network with the client pcs would this stop them from going offline? Because essentially they would not need a new ip address because it would be static, so they would still be connected to the local area network, but not be able to access the internet till the isp is back up again? We're a small business located in the mountains and get frequent winter and ice storms so the isp goes down regularly.
Not normal behaviour....
Try this registry fix.....
Will not lose thier connections even if offline....
Forced silent auto reconnection
When a server has been unavailable (offline mode) and then becomes available again for connection, Offline Files Client Side Caching tries to transition that server to online mode if all the following conditions are true:
There are no offline changes for that server on the local computer.
There are no open file handles for that server on the local computer.
The server is accessed over a fast link. You can adjust the definition of slow and fast by using the SlowLinkSpeed Offline Files policy.
With this hotfix, you can configure Offline Files Client Side Caching to ignore these conditions and transition the server to online mode regardless of whether these conditions exist. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type REGEDIT, and then click OK.
Locate and click the following registry subkey:
Click Edit, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.
In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.