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I am looking for a solution for my roaming laptop users where they do not connect to network all the time, they sometime work offline. I want to have them save files on local computer and network when connected. I have use windows 7, offline feature but it causes more problem when it fixed. Is there a better solutiion than the one that is being offered with OS?


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by:Jon May
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Hi Officertango,

We use a Citrix based client/server software that we install on all of our mobile devices (over 300 people).  I'm guessing you might be dealing with a smaller group?  Have you looked at using Dropbox?  Dropbox allows you to place a folder on your desktop and place files in there and once it sees an internet connection it will sync the files.  I've not used it a ton, but from what I've seen of it you may give it a try.   Other than that I would've said the "Offline Files" feature, but you don't like using it.  If setup correctly it does work quite well.
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by:comfortjeanius
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You can look into GoodSync and here is some instructions "How to use GoodSync to replace Microsoft Offline Files synchronization and My Documents Redirection"

Plus SyncBack they have a Free,  "SE" .and "Pro" version

Finally have you tried Microsoft Version SyncToy 2.1
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by:officertango
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Comfortjeanuis,
What did you end up using?
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by:comfortjeanius
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I use the SyncToy2.1 since it free and it is from Microsoft...

Plus if you want some instructions on  Using Sync Tool 2.1; "Synchronize Folders Between Computers and Drives with SyncToy 2.1"
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I'd like to throw in a reminder that synchronization is not backup -- and in some cases, it's anti-backup.  Suppose a user makes unwanted changes to an important file -- they delete data out of a spreadsheet by mistake, or accidentally and unknowingly select and delete a large block of text before saving a file.

When they next connect, synchronization will cause that "bad" file with its unwanted changes to overwrite the last good copy you may have.  This is considered Not Good.  Make sure you are backing up data so you can recover from this situation.
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

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