Our active directory is a mixed domain of 2008 R2 and 2003. It's functional level is Windows 2003, but I'm not sure that it makes much difference.
We use folder redirection for most of our users to put their Desktop and My Documents folder on our file servers.
For laptop users this means we need to have Offline Files enabled so that when they log off they get a copy of their redirected folders locally, otherwise their desktop icons and My Docs folder contents "disappear".
This works great in windows XP, but in Windows 7, which we are starting to deploy on all new laptops, it doesn't work at all.
For one thing, the Offline Files service is set to be started automatically with windows, but it never starts. I don't see any error log messages about it failing and stopping...it just never gets started. So offline files will always say they're enabled but not active in the sync center.
If I manually start the Offline Files process the sync center will let me sync my redirected folders, though I do frequently get errors while syncing that say "The specified network name is no longer available".
My network connection is fine. The files it claims it can't reach are there. As soon as it hits an error the sync process stops completely instead of ignoring that file and continuing. If I manually resync several times it eventually finishes and gets everythign.
But then when I disconnect from the network my desktop icons all disappear. Even though my offline files are enabled and synced, windows won't use them.
Browsing around the internet I see many people complaining of these problems with offline files in windows 7, but nobody seems to have any answers.
We loaded SP1 on this computer yesterday to see if it helped, but it did not.