I moved a domain user's My Documents folder to his home drive on a Windows Server 2003. As a result My Documents was automatically added to Offline Files.
Offline files is set to sync at log off. One of the user's data files is several hundred MBs. It takes maybe 30 seconds to sync. I noticed that if that data file is open, then closed and the user logs off right after closing the file, an error is generated that the file is in use on the file server. A little investigation revealed that this is because the data file is updating after the user closes it on his workstation. If he closes the data file, waits long enough for it to update on the file server, then logs off, the error does not occur.
So it appears the file is syncing in real time. I thought Offline files stored a copy of the file locally, then synced to the remote location at log on / log off. I attempted to remove the file from Offline Files to let it be used from the remote folder, but that option is grayed out even though the user is an Administrator on the local machine.
So I have 2 questions: How can I get Offline Files to only update files at log off, instead of in real time when the server is available? Failing that, how do I remove the file from Offline Files?