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Windows explorer net share refresh problem 2008 Server SP2

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Hi experts

We have a problem with some of our 2008 Servers SP2 (vista kernel). Case:

We have opened a folder (net share) with windows explorer.
Now we open Word or another application and save down a file to this folder.

Problem: The file will not appear until we refresh the folder.

There are some patches out there from MS (i.e.: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960954). But I may not install this patch, an error will prompt and say that this patch is not for my system (according to the page the patch for 2008 Server is included in  the vistas one. Maybe the patch is already inside of SP2). Anyway I think this would not fix the problem. Our system was not upgraded and a newly created net-share will not fix the problem.

Any ideas which property or Regkey have an impact on this manner?
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by:veaceslavz
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Which OS use clients XP/Vista/W7? The problem may be not on server but on clients computers, as described:

File list in the Windows Explorer folder is not refreshed after you create, move, or delete files
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/823291
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Hi veaceslavz

Sorry for the imprecise description. The problem is not on the fileserver we connect to by net share, if I do the same thing with my Win 7 it works properly.

The problem is on the named server above (we use it for Citrix. But the problem consists if we log in local on the machine as Administrator). I found this patch too, but the windows explorer works properly if we make a change directly in the folder.
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There is a regkey for just that behaviour:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

NoRemoteChangeNotify=0

Out of the box there is no such regkey, some hero within our company set this key, probably to prevent network load or prevent delays within "Save As Dialog". Actually with this key set to 0, we have no losings...but net shares that are refresh automatically.
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Found it after some further research.
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