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Posted on 2010-08-19
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Hi everyone,

I currently have a site which was using roaming user profiles. I am converting them over to use local profiles. What I am doing is moving all the documents they had in their profile, over to their home share that gets mounted at login. But this is where my problem starts, the machines are laptops that people take home. All of their documents are in a share and when they are not in our network clearly they cannot mount their share. I didn't know if anyone had any idea/recommendation to make it so that:

-The user has a full copy of their documents in their home share and in My Documents
-When they make changes to a file off the network, it updates the changes to what they have in their home share.

Thanks for any help or direction!
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Question by:WindhamSD
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What your looking for is a GPO setting under 'User Configuration'>'Windows Settings'>'Folder Redirection'>'Documents' etc. That will redirect the user documents to the server, however it will be synced upon logon/logoff (like offline files).
Which brings me to my next point--have you considered offline folders for the users who go off site?
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I think you can enable offline file syncronization for the network shares which users can access when offline also.
Please check the link below.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307853
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by:WindhamSD
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Thanks guys,

Neo, the link you gave, which is good, doesn't apply to GPO's I will have to look around for a GPO version of that.

Josh, that is what I originally did but it didn't sync the files.

I think what I am really looking for is to be able to have their network share be available as offline files.
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by:WindhamSD
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So I created a GPO that has folder redirection on for this path:

\\wmsserver\teachers\%username%

It works in the fact that the share appears and I can see the name of all the items but everything is X'ed out. I am using windows 7.

Any ideas?
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by:WindhamSD
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I had to click on sync folder and it worked thanks guys.
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