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How do I stop offline files from opening in read only mode.

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The VP at my company brought in his laptop he uses at home and we joined it to the office domain, windows server 2003 and XP clients, then we copied his local user profile over his network user profile on this machine so that he would have his usual settings when he logs in under the network username. All users on the network have their user folders mapped to their machine as a "U" drive. I took this "U" drive and made it available offline for him. Pointed his my documents folder to it, etc.. Now when he logs in and clicks on the my documents folder it is not finding the offline folders. I set up a simple batch file to map his drives when using the VPN, so if I run the batch file the drive will map and the offline files are available then. The next problem is that when I try to open an offline file it says "that the file is either in user or specified as read only, you can edit the file but you must save it as a new name".

I am really not sure what is going on here or where it went wrong. Any help would be great.
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First thing I see.....

then we copied his local user profile over his network user profile

Thats never good to do. You should always migrate the files, dont ever just copy on top of it.....

You might have hosed up some permissions ion doing so... I would create a NE domain profile to start with, and then se how the Offline Files cache behaves.....
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Do you think deleting  this network profile from this machine and recreating it would be smart here? Also, how do you recommend migrating the files over?
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The network profile has to have the ability to function with all the programs, etc. that the local account did.. he is essentially going to be using solely going forward.
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In a domain environment, you want to create a fresh profile built specifically for the domain user. You dont want to break the permissions an the rights invvolved with that by dropping a workgroup profile on top of it.

The network profile should function just fine, if it is created properly with ANYthing his ID has rights to. I would just use Explorer to copy Favorites/Desktop/Email and PST/Signatures etc....

Most things under %appdata%, other than the Microsoft Folder will rebuild on it's own.

Most things under "Shell:local appdata", besides the .QAT files under Microsoft \Outlook are not needed.....

From the root of the profile folder....

Cookies
Favorites
Desktop
Nethood
Recent

You can also export things like Network Printers, drive mappings, ODBC connections, IE Stored passwords from the old profile, to make the transition easier....

And by all means, I do not mean to delete the existing profile. I never delete the profiles, but rename them to username-OLD.

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Thank you very much for the help.
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Everything worked ok after creating a new profile?
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