i have 4 laptops that have windows 7 home premium on them and cannot join domain. i am setting up the server 2008 standard in workgroup mode right now because they do not care about permissions. the problem is they have files on the server they want to access on their laptops like personal stuff that i will have on server. how do i get offline files to work without the machines on the domain? can offline files be setup? can i do folder redirection in a workgroup? do i setup active directory in workgroup mode or do i leave it not installed? i have always setup a domain but all of their machines cannot join domain.
should i just to make my life easier make them buy win 7 pro for each laptop? then i can setup sync center with offline files and what they do offline will sync with the server when they come back on the network? also then i can setup folder redirection.
All they need the server for is quickbooks and office files. they take their laptops home and to the office. All their shares neeed to sync when they come back in. any help would be great.