Windows 7 offline file sync

I have a windows 7 laptop and use folder redirection for "My Documents." I want to enable offline file sync, but cannot seem to figure out how to do it.

I can set offline file syncs for folders/files on my drive, but how do I do it for a redirected "My Documents" folder?

This was so simple in XP. Please help.
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GISCOOBYDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Not exactly sure if this is what you are looking for, but you could open to the network location of your My Documents redirection, right click the parent folder and select 'Always Available Offline'. If that doesn't have the correct options for you, the Sync Center has replaced the Offline Files configuration. To open the Sync Center, within Windows Explorer, select Tools \ Open Sync Center...
lenivanAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure if what you're suggesting would actually keep the "My Documents" folder in sync locally on the laptop as well as in the redirected location on the network.

It seems in Windows 7, most files/folders allow you to right-click and select "make available offline," but it doesn't give me that option on the "My Documents" folder.
GISCOOBYDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Going the method I suggested, it allows the My Documents folder to be access while offline. Even offline, you can also browse the network and see the server \ share \ redirected folder. In my environment I have this assigned through Group Policy, but it is basically the same. Once you have set the option to make it Aways Available Offline, a new option on the Right-Click becomes available to Sync for a manual synchronization. The local copy of My Documents (now just called Documents) isn't stored in the C:\USERS\%USERNAME%\Documents folder. It is stored in a hidden location in the operating system.

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lenivanAuthor Commented:
I tried doing what you said, but I still can't make it available offline. I can't click on the parent folder because it's a hidden share.

This is rediculous. Is it that hard to setup an offline file sync with a networked folder? This was so simple in XP. What am I doing wrong? Shouldn't you just be able to click on a folder and select "make available offline?" I dont' see that option anywhere.

Can someone help?
GISCOOBYDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
With the parent folder set up as a hidden share the only way I could find to make the folder offline was to first map network drive to the hidden share. Then right click the mapped drive and select Always Available Offline. Once set up, I then disconnected the mapping and the offline files connection remained to the UNC path.
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