Offline files disabling itself

I have a couple of laptops running W7 on an SBS 2008 domain which have suddenly started disabling Offline Files (which is a pain because  i use Folder Redirection). If i enable offline  files i get  the message that it's not active yet and needs a restart but after the restart it has been disabled again. I have tried enforcing offline files through Group Policy (although no other computers have been affected)

Any suggestions?

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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Can you check to enusre that the REG_DWORD registry values is set to zero for:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\NetCache\Enabled
HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\ Windows\NetCache\Enabled
Since you're using folder redirection, you might want to check the user's folder for a desktop.ini file and remove it to see if that helps.
chrisryan43Author Commented:
The first key didnt exist so i have created it (i set it to zero but presumably zero disables offline files?) and


doesnt exist either
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Can you check in group policy to see if its disabled?  Also before you setup folder redirection I would have edited the folder redirection policy and removed the exclusive rights option.
chrisryan43Author Commented:
It's not disabled in Group Policy (all the other machines arent disabling themselves so i dont think it's a group policy issue). I have removed desktop.ini but still no joy unfortunately

Any other ideas?
Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
Can you open up the Services (services.msc) and check if the offline files service is disabled?
chrisryan43Author Commented:
Sorry i should have included that on my original post. When i am at the stage of having enabling offline files but being told i need to restart, the offline files service is set to Automatic but not yet running. When i start it manually the sync centre is happy that offline files is now fully enabled but i cant actually cache anything. When i restart the machine everything goes back to being disabled again

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chrisryan43Author Commented:
I never did resolve it, i reformatted the machine so just closing the open question
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