Windows off-line folder synchronization

Is there any way with Windows off-line folder synchronization between a Windows 2008 server and Windows 7 workstations connected via  VPN  for the files on the local computer to stay 'put' e.g. people create documents off-line but when they  connect to the server, the files are copied onto the server but kept on the local drive as well. It seems right now that when they connect the files are 'moved' to the server and if for some reason after such a synchronization the server became unavailable the users would not have any local copies of the files.
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lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Sorry but we don't use third-party software per policy at the site in question. I am looking for configuration  recommendations involving the built-in  Windows folder synchronization tool  if there are indeed such options.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
do the users have that folder/share configured to always available offline?

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That's exactly what Offline Files does, keeps copies of whats avialable on the network.... Course the master copies are synched to the network, and not locally.....

What policies are you implementing?
lineonecorpAuthor Commented:

Thanks. I'll check into this.
carltonvassellTechnical solutions architect Commented:
I use the Offline FIles option in Win7 and it works great.

When you make a network file, or all files in a network folder, available offline, Windows creates a copy of the file or folder on your computer. This is called an offline file. The next time you disconnect from the network, you'll still be able to open, modify, and save the file the same way you would if you were still connected. And when you do connect to the network again, Windows will automatically sync the offline file on your computer with the corresponding file on the network to update it.

To setup, just right click on the network folder or file and select "always available offline"

btw. if you have Win7 starter, home basic or premium offline files will not work.
lineonecorpAuthor Commented:
Great. Let me look into and I will get back to you.
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