Offlline files Windows 7

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a laptop running Windows 7 that has a mapped drive to a folder on a 2003 server.  The folder is set to be available offline.  
I need to copy the folder from the 2003 server to a 2008 server.  Below are the steps I am going to take.  Please let me know if they are correct or if there is anything else I need to do.

1) Power up laptop, login to network, run a synch with files on the 2003 server.
2) Turn off "offline files" on Windows 7 laptop.
3) Copy folder from 2003 server to 2008 server.
4) Disconnect mapped drive to folder on 2003 server (on laptop)
5) Re-map same drive letter to folder on 2008 server (on laptop)
6) Make folder on 2008 server available offline.
7) Run a synch of folder on 2008 server.
8) Test as follows:
   a) Make change to a file on 2008 server while connected to the network.

   b) Shut down laptop, power up laptop disconnected from network, see if file changes are there.

  c) Make change to a file while offline.

  d) Shut down, power up laptop connected to network, run synch, see if changes made to file while offline are there.

Let me know if I forgot anything or if there is a better way to do this.

Thank you,
Question by:cja-tech-guy
    LVL 41

    Expert Comment

    I presume there is a reason to go thru the Win7 laptop to accomplish this.... rather than just copy the files from one server to another?

    Author Comment


    The files that are currently on the 2003 server are set up on the laptop to be available offline.  Once I copy the files to the 2008 server the user will no loger have access to the 2003 server, so I did not want the laptop to try to sync to the files on the 2003 server anymore. The laptop will be set up to synch with the files on the 2008 server.  
    LVL 41

    Expert Comment

    I'm not following you....

    1) copy the dang files from server1 to server2 over the network
    2) make any adjustments you need on the laptop to switch from syncing from server1 to server2

    Do you need help with how to copy files over the network?

    Author Comment


    I do not need help copying the files.  I will copy them from the 2003 server to the 2008 server directly.

    I do not want the laptop (synch center windows 7) to try and synch the files on the 2003 server after I copy them to the 2008 server, I do not want any issues when trying to set up offline files with the 2008 server, so should I disable offline files before copying the files from the 2003 server to the 2008 server?  
    LVL 41

    Accepted Solution

    Off-line files is a feature of the client...  and doesn't really involve the server.   So, I'd say it didn't matter if you disabled that feature on the client Win7 PC

    Featured Post

    Are your corporate email signatures appalling?

    Is it scary how unprofessional your email signatures look? Do users create their own terrible designs and give themselves stupid job titles? You can make this a lot easier for yourself by choosing an email signature management solution from Exclaimer today.

    Join & Write a Comment

    Redirected folders in a windows domain can be quite useful for a number of reasons, one of them being that with redirected application data, you can give users more seamless experience when logging into different workstations.  For example, if a use…
    New Windows 7 Installations take days for Windows-Updates to show up and install. This can easily be fixed. I have finally decided to write an article because this seems to get asked several times a day lately. This Article and the Links apply to…
    This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows DVD Burner through its features and interface. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
    This Micro Tutorial will give you a introduction in two parts how to utilize Windows Live Movie Maker to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 operating system.

    755 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    16 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now