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Hi Experts,

I upgraded windows XP to 7 with a roaming profile.
The problem is that when users are remote, they constantly lose folders in the network shared drive. Sync all offline in Sync Center didn't help.

Sometimes when they disconnect and reconnect the drive manually, they get it back, or I have to hack the registry to add one entry to recreate offline database but this is not the permanent solution.

I need just roaming profiles but don't care the offline folder. I think the offline is a part of roaming profile setup.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance..
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by:Apothis
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Offline Folders is a necessary part of Windows 7. You cannot and should not attempt to disable it. My question - Are you having your 'My Documents' follow your Home Folder Path? - IE, your drive letter?
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by:PAdocIT
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Have you thought about folder redirection instead of roaming profiles?

Offline Files and Folder Redirection - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg277982(v=ws.10).aspx

Folder Redirection Overview - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732275.aspx
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by:Ksean
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Apothis,
My Documents, desktop, and others are OK but k:\ network drive.

PAdocIT,
The reason we use the roaming profile is that when sometimes comptuer crashes, we just build new one right away and log in as a user to download personal files.

Can I disable the offline for the k: network drive? If yes, how?
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by:PAdocIT
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Folder redirection would accomplish the same thing. The only real difference is that instead of the profile being uploaded/downloaded every time, the items just live out on a share. If a machine crashes, you rebuild it. The user logs on group policy tells the computer where to get the users redirected items from and the user has all their items back. Also with roaming profiles if there was any corruption in the profile causing the computer to crash it will come back when the roaming profile gets reapplied.

Anyway, just some things to consider.
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by:Apothis
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I agree with PAdocIT on switching to folder redirection rather than roaming profiles. Roaming profiles has a very specific use, and usually used for other reasons when there are better ways to accomplish your goals. I'm actually amazed your users don't hate you for the lengthy logons/logoffs. Yes, you can deny offline files for a shared folder, however, remote users will then lose access to them when they are away. This is done in the share settings on the file server.

Also to note, with offline files & folder redirection, your remote users will have access to all their documents away from the office.

Generally speaking, Roaming Profiles should never be used for laptops that leave the network.
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by:Ksean
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Thanks for your recommandation but I am not sure I can convince my boss.
How to remove the shared folder from offline folder? If I can do this, that might be it.
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by:PAdocIT
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Have you tried making the network drives for your laptop users "always available offline" or if already checked, unchecking it if you don't want them available offline.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ID/windows-vista/Working-with-network-files-when-you-are-offline
Offline Folders
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by:Apothis
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I'm sorry to hear that your boss isn't willing to change. You should also be able to on the share level deny making the share available offline. If you go to your share on the server, then Properties > Advanced > Caching Tab > Then select No files or programs from the share are available offline.
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by:Ksean
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Apothis,
I am going to do your suggestions.
Since GPO disabled the menu "Always available offline", users cannot turn on and off from their workstation.
If I turn that off, what will happen to the users? Do they notice anything?
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Basically - referring to the screenshot from PAdocIT - the Always available offline button will go away.
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