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We have a Windows 2008 DC. All PC's and laptops are Windows 7 Pro. We redirect the following folders: AppData (Roaming), Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links. All the PC's I have disabled Synch Center (offline files). The laptops still have Synch Center enabled.

I am in the middle of migrating all the redirected folders to a new server. Since it's not a ton of data, I'm not pre-staging the user folders, but rather just changing the location via the folder redirection group policy and letting windows handle the data migration.
OLD --> \\oldserver\users
NEW --> \\newserver\users

The issue I'm having is with the laptops and synch center (offline files). The laptops still seam to want to synch with \\oldserver\users.

When I log in as Jane Doe on Jane's laptop, browse to \\oldserver\users\Jane Doe\ I can not check mark to disable 'Make Available Offline'.

The laptops users profiles seam to be very inconsistent and the folders don't seam to be redirecting to the new server, unless i log into a PC as the user.

Any insight would be very helpful!
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Oh, also there is a \\oldserver\network share folder that the laptops try and synch to. This network share is far too large to have them try and synch with, so I'd like to delete it. But, again the option seems to be grayed out. I can't find any GPO's that have this.
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You have to disable the offline sync for the client.. Use below link for single workatation
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/48829-offline-files-enable-disable-use.html

Sine u have mentioned the settings is gayed out... It might done via gpo... Use below link
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I actually read that Spiceworks link before posting here. I use and love Spiceworks.

Well I have solved my problem. Disabling offline synch doesn't really help the laptop users, since they wouldn't' be able to log in using there domain account if the laptop wasn't plugged into the network because they wouldn't have any of there desktop, documents, or other redirected folders available to them. In fact, they just get a black screen and an error.

Here is what I did. I did temporarily disable offline Files. I also deleted the users profiles on each laptop. Installed the latest Windows Updates (probably not relevant, but doesn't hurt). Restarted the laptop a few times. Logged into the laptops with each user, effectively creating a new profile on the laptops. Re-enabled Synch center. Now the user can log into their laptop and see all their redirected folders, regardless if they are plugged into the network or if they are at home.
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