Offline Files in Windows 7 not auto syncing

Graham Hirst
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I installed Windows 7 x64 to a laptop and configured a folder within the home drive to be offline.  The home drive is located on a Windows 2008 R2 server.

All files sync'd ok, but any offline changes to the contents do not sync unless I right click on the folder when online and select Sync selected offline files.

To summarise:

#  Make folder in the users Home directory to be 'Always available offline'
#  Create a file in the folder - Result is both are sync'd
#  Disconnect network cable from laptop and create a file in the folder, from the laptop.  Re-connect network to laptop and wait.  - Result is file not sync'd, even if I reboot
#  Disconnect network cable from laptop and create a file in the folder, on the server.  Re-connect network to laptop and wait.  - Result is file not sync'd, even if I reboot laptop
#  With laptop connected, right click on offline folder and select 'Sync selected offline files'.  - Result is files are sync'd

I cant believe this is by design, so I'd really appreciate some help.
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Commented:
Below two documents will be helpful for you to correct any mistake while configuring the Offline Files in Windows 7

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2512089

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff633429(v=ws.10).aspx

In the screenshots they have give changes to be made in GPO, if you do not have such GPO configured for your Network, you can still check the settings via Local Policies which can be accessed via gpedit.msc
Graham HirstIT Engineer

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Hi Reach2sandeep,

From the links, I found that there were some NTFS permissions missing from the home folders, namely the following:

CREATOR OWNER:    Full Control on <Shared Folder> for Subfolders and Files only

SECURITY GROUP (Containing user):    List/Read on <Shared Folder> for This folder, subfolders and files

SYSTEM:    Full Control on <Users Subfolder> for 'This folder, Subfolders and files'

I didn't need to create a GPO, but I did create a reg entry as per 'Configuring the Offline Directory Rename and Delete registry setting' in the technet link.  However, I created it for specific folders and found that new offline folders not linked to the registry key also sync'd, so it wasnt really required.
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