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how to stop Folder Redirection when logging in offline ?

Posted on 2011-09-14
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Hi all,

we have Windows 2008 Active Directory domain
we have Windows XP Pro SP3 laptop Clients using USB 3G Dongle to access to internet
we have GPO in place for folder redirection based on domain group membership
we have one scenario where the laptop users logging in offline using domain account(cached credentials in this case as they are on the road) and offcourse, the domain controllers are not available
but the Folder Redirection is still working and maps the "My Document" to server
and they have USB 3G dongle, as soon as they connected the laptop to the internet via this USB 3G dongle, the laptop stops responding for a good 10 minutes, as it is looking for the server which is mapped by folder redirection
so the question is :
how do i stop the folder redirection completely when the laptop users logging on offline/when they are on the road ?

this was what i did but it did not help:

i setup a GPO to detect slow link , the exact setting is : "Group policy slow link detection" in either Computer or User configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Group Policy
Again, what i'd like to do when laptop users on the road :
when i select properties of the :"My Document" folder on the laptop, it must point to c:\documents and settings\<username>
not \\server\users$\<username>
thanks!



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What I do (assuming your sync tool is adequate) is point the client to the local machine always. Have them sync first when in the office and last when leaving the office. But now, since they always point locally, they can get to their files easily. Not all sync tools are created equal, so check if this will work in your surroundings. ... Thinkpads_User
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i dont use any sync tool except for the GPO to sync when logging on and logging off.
basically what you recommended is to point the "My Document" to local then sync to server when they are in the office,
what sync tools do you use ?
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I use SyncBack Pro. Why?

SyncBack Pro keeps the local files as real and local files and then has its own sync back a host system with the same real files. So you can open them locally in a split second.

Microsoft likes to mark local files as sync'd copies and in some cases you cannot open them locally or they are very slow to open locally (because the sync'd copy is constantly checking for home base).

I do this myself using my home computer as the other copy, and I have clients doing it with Server (2003, 2008) as their server copy. We all like it because local access is fast.

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SyncBackPro
is it device based license ? if i have 100 laptops, do i have to buy 100 licences ?
about $52 AUD each
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There are two products: SyncBack Pro ($50 1 license) and SyncBack SE ($30 for 1 license). They do have volume discounts. I did this for a client, but I don't have a record here. Ask them for the quantity breaks.

Check to see which version you need. I like the Pro version as it covers all my needs.

Also check Allway Sync (http://allwaysync.com/). It may be a bit cheaper, but I have not used it.

How to proceed:  Take a small test group of users (5 users) and put SyncBack Pro to the test. See if it fits. They do have a trial version. Once tested, if it does what you need and solves a problem, it is inexpensive for the productivity one user gets.

... Thinkpads_User
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by:gsawan
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thanks Thinkpads! that is a possible solution or us, but it costs some money there,
i am still looking if we can use only GPO to do it instead.


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I know.  When I was using XP, I was using the built-in Briefcase tool. It was slow and painful to me and to my clients. With the advent of Windows 7, the built-in tools are not as good a I wanted. My client was eager to try the new solution and they are happy with it.

So it is a two edge sword (cost vs productivity) and you may find that only a smaller group needs it.

I do not wish to push one way or the other, just help you with the options. ... Thinkpads_User
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Hello gsawan - Thank you. I was pleased to assist and good luck going forward.
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Hi Thinkpad_User,
thanks alot for your time!
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