Solved

Syncing Issue

Posted on 2012-04-03
13
225 Views
Last Modified: 2012-04-05
I have a policy that has My Documents redirecting to a folder on a server.  I have do not automatically make redirected folders available offine enabled.  however, it's still trying to sync the "My Documents" folder.  I do not want this to happen.  What can I do to stop this issue? Please not the file server is a 2008 server.
0
Comment
Question by:WellingtonIS
  • 8
  • 5
13 Comments
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:strivoli
Comment Utility
Open the Properties of the shared folder on the server, move to the Sharing Tab, click the Caching button, select the last option "Files or programs from the share will not be available offline".
0
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:strivoli
Comment Utility
The step-by-step instructions relate to W2003. W2008 is quite the same. Please let me know.
0
 

Author Comment

by:WellingtonIS
Comment Utility
The button check is Only the files that users specify are available off-line.  I have maybe 3 laptops that need to have off-line files but the majority are desktops that do not.  Is there a "happy medium"?
0
 

Author Comment

by:WellingtonIS
Comment Utility
One more question.  I realize if I turn off the off-line files completely, then my laptop users will not be able to sync.  However, the question is if I do that do you think it may reset if I turn it back on?
0
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:strivoli
Comment Utility
You can leave server settings unchanged and modify settings on the clients. Which method is best to modify the settings on the clients depends on the number of clients. If you have 3-6 desktops I would change settings directly on the Sync Center (simply exclude My Documents from Syncing). If you have a higher number of desktops consider setting this option using a GPO. As always, any change should be checked using a fake user. When things work as expected apply the changes to the real users.
The 2nd question: yes, you can turn it back on. You might have conflicts if the share is used by more users or the same user accesses the share from different clients. My Documents is by default used by one user only (the owner) and as a result, the first condition is not met (no other users will be able to access the share). Only you know if there are users that access their My Documents share from different clients. Anyway, when you turn off-line on back again, in case of conflicting files, the system will ask the user what to do: keep the file on the server, keep the file on the client or keep both.
Please let me know how will you modify the clients (manually or via GPO).
0
 

Author Comment

by:WellingtonIS
Comment Utility
Thx that helps.  I have a GPO for the folder redirection.  The GPO's network settings have the Do not automatically make redirected folders available offline enabled.  Everything else is not configured.  In addition I have a 2nd GPO with off-line folders enabled and syncing only for my laptop users. I'm going to try to turn of the syncing on the server for a day and then turn it back on.   We'll see what happens.  the actually user folders are only used by each individual user and it's not shared.
0
Top 6 Sources for Identifying Threat Actor TTPs

Understanding your enemy is essential. These six sources will help you identify the most popular threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).

 

Author Comment

by:WellingtonIS
Comment Utility
I have turned the Caching off for now.  But I will have to turn it back on.  I'm not sure why having the box "Only the files and progrmas the users specify are available offline is causing everyone's machine to sync.  Is there away to get that "box" to uncheck from the XP machines?  I've enclosed a picture of what I'm talking about.  The majority of my users are still using XP.  The box Enable Offline Files is checked and "grayed" out on most machines.  I've tried everything I can think of to get this box unchecked via GPO and I'm having no luck.

there are about 20 users that do need to sync which is why I can't turn it off completely.
example.png
0
 
LVL 19

Accepted Solution

by:
strivoli earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
You can check/uncheck the "Enable Offline files" (see the pic you attached) using GPO and setting the appropriate options in Computer Configuration->Administrative Templates->Network->Offline files. The settings are Computer related and affect every user that uses the Computer. You should reboot the computer in order to apply the changes done at the GPO level. If you did not reboot the computer after you made same changes (at the GPO level) you mentioned with your last post, this might be the reason why you did not get any result (on the computer). Please let me know.
0
 

Author Comment

by:WellingtonIS
Comment Utility
I will try and get back to you.
0
 

Author Comment

by:WellingtonIS
Comment Utility
Here's what I'm looking at in terms of the GPO I'm just not sure which one will accomplish what I need.
offline.png
0
 

Author Comment

by:WellingtonIS
Comment Utility
I think I figured it out.  Let me wait a bit and see.  thanks for the info.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:WellingtonIS
Comment Utility
Yes that did what I needed.  Thanks for your help!
0
 
LVL 19

Expert Comment

by:strivoli
Comment Utility
I'm glad I did help. Thank you for closing the question. Have a nice day!
0

Featured Post

Threat Intelligence Starter Resources

Integrating threat intelligence can be challenging, and not all companies are ready. These resources can help you build awareness and prepare for defense.

Join & Write a Comment

ADCs have gained traction within the last decade, largely due to increased demand for legacy load balancing appliances to handle more advanced application delivery requirements and improve application performance.
For both online and offline retail, the cross-channel business is the most recent pattern in the B2C trade space.
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows Live Photo Gallery and show you various editing filters and touches to photos you can apply. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Photo Gallery on Windows 7 operating system.
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…

744 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

16 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now