We have joined several Windows XP and Windows 7 PCs to an Active Directory Domain (2008 Servers but set to Server 2003 function level). We are redirecting the users' "My Documents" to \\Servername\users\username\my documents\.
When users are on the LAN their PCs try and work on the "online copy" of the documents. Some users experience that it takes 20-30 seconds to open, save or close word and excel documents. When opening or saving a document the Word or Excel screen displays "contacting servername..." and eventually does what it needs to do (open / save / close document).
We would like to know if there's a way that we can set the folder redirection (via a Group Policy perhaps) so that the PCs work on the "offline cached copy" of the user's documents rather than the online copy as this would be much faster. We also connect to a VPN and also sometimes sit at other sites that connects with a slow WAN Link to the user's site and because it can see the server over the WAN it also tries to work on the Server Copy and is extremely slow (we are not really interested in the "detect slow link" options, for several reasons we want the default to be for PCs to work on the local copy of a redirected folder and only sync to the "online copy" when the user manually choose to sync, logs on or log off.
We don't want user intervention (e.g.: user must click "work offline") as a lot of users won't understand the concept and won't be willing to always do it or even forget to do it.
Bottom line is that the user's My Documents must still be available offline on the Server but when he/she works it must be on the "cached copy" of the documents.
Thank you for any advise or assistance.