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raoming profiles and redirected folders for remote laptop users

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I have set up roaming profiles and redirected folders in an sbs 2011 domain, using GPO.
I have configured desktop and documents to be redirected, and everything else as a roaming profile.

For laptop users I assumed that when they took their laptop home that the desktop would be available offline, and then would sync again when they connected to the windows VPN.
However, when at home the desktop is not available and thus produces an error - until they connect to the VPN AND refresh the desktop.

The server is sbs 2011
the clients are mostly windows 7, with some XP SP3.
The VPN is windows routing and remote access VPN

What is the correct setup for this scenario (most laptop users work in the office but occasionally take their laptops home at the weekend).
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Did you use SBS's console to enable Folder Redirection? No need to create GPO's to do this in SBS since its already part of the main install, to enable it you go into the console, Users and Groups - right click on username and select Properties, in there is a section for Folders and you enable Folder Redirection...

Sounds like the desktop folders are not syncing...if they haven't fully sync'd with the server then they will not show up when offline(i.e when at home)

So either something is wrong with the GPO you created...or just the sync isn't complete, need to let it complete fully next time they are onsite and it should work

In Windows 7 - control panel - sync center - check that everything is ticked green in there
When you login in the office you should see the green Sync icon in system tray - right click and select Sync full to force this...

Any reason you created GPO's to do this? Or was it you just didn't realise SBS had the function builtin? I'd use the SBS default method as I use this on a ton of sites and never an issue...
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sorted now - it turned out that offline files was turned off on the laptop! I had just assumed that you couldnt make redirected desktop available offline.
Thanks guys.
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