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I setup folder re-direct on a GPO and on every users profile they have a home fodler, which is stored at the Server.
I setup a GPO what has the offline files to disable.
All of the above works correctly, meaning when a users log on they get there home folder which is mapped and there re-directed files/folders are stored in the home folder.

Now I want to enable offline folders, so that if the server goes down or a user with a laptop goes outside the network they can still have there files/folders. Once they reconnect to the network any change made to any file/folder should sync up and all is good.

However when I changed the GPO policy to Enable Offline Fields  I went ahead and did a gpupdate /force on the server and the workstation, I even went as far as to reboot the server and then log back into the network with the workstation and I do get the offline files/folders...

 The GPO is set on the computer side of  the GPO
What I'm missing here???

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Once the offline files option is enabled through group policy, you still have to go to the workstation and set it up to use offline files and specify which folders and files are to by synchronized.  Have you done this?
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no...
can you explain exactly how to do this?

Also if I'm using GPO to re-direct files and folder and GPO to set offline files dose having to go to the PC not defeat all of this?
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The GPO is only controlling (1) whether or not the user can use offline files; and (1) whether the user's Documents folder is local or is redirected to a network location. Now, redirected folders are supposed to be available automatically offline. However, if you originally had disabled offline files, then this would have prevented that from happening.  The end result is that now that you've re-enabled offline files, the redirected folders have to be made available offline again.

To enable offline files and set which files to synchronize, on the local workstation open the File Explorer view, click Tools/Open Sync Center and then click Manage Offline Files. Click to Enable offline files, which turns it on.  Then you can configure the Documents folder to be available offline from the Sync center/Set up new sync partnerships.

I've never been through these steps exactly.  Normally, I don't want everyone's redirected folders to be available offline, only those users who have laptops.  So, I would manually go to the desktops of the users who have laptops and enable offline files and set their Documents folder to be available offline.

I know that if you start out the offline files enabled, then the Documents folder (and any redirected folders) would automatically by made available offline and synched. But again since you had it turned OFF, I don't know if you can force it to go back to synching automatically. There is a setting which, I believe, is something like "Do not automatically synchronize redirected folders." You might try setting that to "Disabled" and maybe that will force automatic synching to start again.
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hypercat...

I understand what you explained, but I'm trying to do all of it via GPO...
Here are my settings...
Maybe this will explain myself better...

Here I enable offline files for the computers

Allow offline files
Here are the setting for the client side.

Client side offline files settings
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hepercat

FYI...

With the above setting I got it working correctly.

I turned off the D/C and added a txt file to the documents folder on the workstations, rebooted the workstation and when I logged back into the D/C I was not able to see the added txt file in the documents folder for the workstation.
After rebooting the workstation the txt file sync and I was able to see it in the documents folder of the workstation on the D/C...

Remember, this set up is just for practice, so while I'm doing everything from the D/C I would not do same in a working network..
Now going to try this setup on a laptop.
my goal is to have to GPO.
1- for desktop users without offline files 2- on for laptop users with offline files.

Tanks for all of your help hypercat.
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You're welcome.  Sorry I didn't get back to you last night - real life interfered.  Glad you found the proper setting.
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No worries...
Again, thanks for all of your help.
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