Windows 7 Sync center

Posted on 2011-05-03
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I have a user that travels a lot.  Typically she connects to the plant through a baracuda VPN.  On occasion though she has to work on documents "Offline".  She does this buy using sync center that comes with windows 7.

these documents are physically located on a share on my server.  Other people sometimes update these documents as well.

My question is this, if the traveling user updates a document while off line and a user in the plant updates the same document, what happens to the document when the traveling user links up and syncs??

Are two copies of the document made??  Is one users changes lost??
Question by:HDM
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    What will happen it will choose the document with the most recent changes, one of the users changes definitely will be lost.
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    It should gice you a sync warning and tell you that both files have been changed, and let you pick which one you want to keep. There is no way to "merge" the files, though, so one way or another you'll be losing one of the files. The offline files sync is designed to have only one user access those files, and assumes that only one set of files (local or remote) will be modified between syncs. You really shouldn't allow offline sync if the files on the server are being changed at the same time that the remote user is also changing them.

    In tat scenario, you'll want to sign up for a cloud backup/sync service, like Dropbox. It will do the samething as the Windows sync service, just a bit better. And if there are conflicting files, it will create 2 separate copies so that you can manually do something with them later.

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    Ok, so how do I break the sync then??
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