Weird synchronizing that won't go away

Posted on 2009-05-26
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
We're having a problem which I'm sure is an easy fix, once I'm told where the specific option is hidden.I just don't know where the option is hidden.

We have domain A (an old NT domain) and Domain B (an active directory domain).  We're migrating from A to B and we're banging out the plan to copy over people's local profiles (all machines have XP pro) so that they have all their user settings when we go over to the new domain.  The plan is as follows-

-define the roaming profile location on theor domain B accounts
-Sign onto the machine with the domain A admin ID and join it to domain B
-sign onto the machine with the domain B admin ID and copy the users' profile to a shared drive
-sign onto the machine with the domain B user ID, allow it to copy the profile, select the user profile, and change the type to local profile from roaming profile.
-Log off and remove the roaming profile location on their domain B accounts

Now, this does everythign we want it to do, BUT in addition, every time the user logs off we get a synchronizing status screen as it apparently synchronizes the local profile with the roaming profile location on the shared drive. Nothign we do will make it stop this synchronizing, not removing the  settings for the roaming profile, not selecting the system to use the local profile in XP, not even deleting the location on the shared drive.  Even more weird is that when I join the machine back to the old domain, which never had any profile, it *still* synchronizes upon logoff, regardless of the account that's logged on and regardless of the domain the machine is on.

Clearly, I'm either telling it to synchronize via some unknown option regardless of the ID or domain , or, I'm making a critical mistake somewhere and it's synchronizing becuase I'm unknowingly sabotaging the mechanism that tells it to not synchronize. Either way, it's clear my procedures to copy the profiles over is flawed, somewhere.

I'm almost there.  I just need to get it to stop this [censored] synchronizing every time the user logs off.

Any ideas...?  Thanks!
Question by:goodoldave
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by:Britt Thompson
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Sounds like the machines are using Offline Files. Have you tried this?

   1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
   2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
   3. Click the Offline Files tab.
   4. Select the Disable Offline Files check box, and then click OK.
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Britt Thompson earned 2000 total points
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This could also be set in group policies on the server

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BINGO!  That's what the problem was.  The group policy for Synchronize Offline Folders was set to Not Configured,which apparently still does a thirty second synchronization as a default.  That explains the OTHER puzzle why it continued to do this when I put it back to the NT domain- the GP already sent the settings to the machine and changing the domain wouldn't have turned it off.  Now that I know what the problem is, I just gotta figure out how to turn the whole synchronization bit off.

Thank you!  Have some points, with my compliments.  

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