Unable to turn off Offline files and redirect folders

Posted on 2011-10-15
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I reinstalled XP on a couple computers on our SBS 2003 domain, I redirected My documents to our Server and after that I lost the ability to turn off Offline files, it is greyed out. I also lost ability to redirect the My Document folder, the buttons have been removed.

I read several posts on Experts Exchange. I Then changed the Group Policy on the Server as follows:

Open up the Server Management Console > Advanced Management > Group Policy Management > Forest: Yourdomain.local > Domains > Yourdomain.local > Group Policy Objects.  

First, be sure to back up all your GPO's.

Then, right click the Small Business Server Folder Redirection Group Policy Object and select Edit.

Open User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network/Offline Files > and the last item should be "Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline".  Change that to "Enabled".

Close the editor and then open a command prompt and enter GPUPDATE /Force

Logged off the local machines, logged back on. The blue arrows indicating Offline files is gone but still cannot redirect and the Offline files is checked on and greyed out. Please advise.

Question by:slimjim1437
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    Expert Comment

    Is there any machine which is working fine?
    If yes, run gpreault in both & compare.
    If you can't figure out post them here.

    Make sur both machines are at same level, means same OU.

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    Expert Comment

    by:Rob Williams
    Yopu cannot enable redirected folders and disable offline files. They are tied together.
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    Expert Comment

    Actually, you can. We do it in our VDI implementation. There is a GPO that specifically instructs the machine NOT to make the redirected folders available offline.....

    "Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline" is the policy name.....

    Also have the Enable Offline Files Computer Policy DISABLED as well for added measures... It is a beast to disable....
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    by:Rob Williams
    Sorry I agree in that scenario. I was assuming Redirected Folders were to be available offline but no others.
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    Expert Comment


    In all honesty, I didnt even read the question, just subscribed to it earlier, so I had forgotten what the topic was.

    Whats the errors in the Event Log regarding Folder Redirection?

    Accepted Solution

    It seemed to be a Group policy issue, but I'm not sure exactly what change I made fixed it.

    Author Closing Comment

    I graded myself low because I dropped the ball on communicating with Experts Exchange and lost track of the solution

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