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What kind of problems can occur if offline files on a Win XP computer are enabled for a Server 2008 R2 DFS file share?

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What kind of problems can occur if offline files on a Win XP computer are enabled for a Server 2008 R2 DFS file share?

The DFS file share consists of two Server 2008 R2 computers.
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If your user's cancel the synchs, they can frequently get fodlers that are empty, or do not appear through the DFS paths. If you synchronize, they magically appear. It has to do with the way XP doesnt transition the servers where offline files are held, to an online state UNLESS you synchronize.... Bottom line, if You have files on ServerA that are made available offline either as user pinned, or Administratively Assigned, and you cancel your synch, Windows will not ven attempt to search for ServerA, as it thinks it is "offline".

This can usually be bypassed by mapping via FQDN/IP....

The CSC is all users. Bobby logs on, and synchs thier files. Then Billy, and Jenny do the same thing. Then the Senior VP logs on, it synchs theirs. Now when the next person logs on, it will try and synch ALL user's files. Needless to say, this could cause a privay issue. There are methods to eliminate this. "Purge Non Primary User's Files" comes to mind....

CSC corruption is always a concern with Offline Files. Once you get a few errors in the logs about "A portion of your Offline Files Cache has become corrupted. Please restart your computer to repair", you WILL see performance issues badly. A reboot doesnt help it. You have to reinitialize the CSC. But ONLY after you have extracted the locally modified files....

If you change/decomm a server, it is not an automatic process to stop the clients from synching to that old non existent server. It requires a reinitialize/reg key deletions of a handful of keys to stop it. There is an option with csccmd.exe to assist this process, but I have never had much luck with it. I have a scirpted solution that extracts the local data, and resets all the reg keys and rebuilds it....

I think thats about it of the top of my head... If you have more detailed questions, just ask...
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