Problem with Syncing W8.1 Pro to SBS2008 over VPN

Odd one. Some offline files have been defined on a Windows 8.1 Pro PC on a share to a Windows SBS 2008 Server. There is another share to the same server with no offline files defined.
The trouble is, the share with some offline files usually ONLY shows the offline files, not the combination of offline and online files from the server, when connected to it on the VPN. Conversely, the other share shows all files on that share, on the same server at the same time????
It's like the PC doesn't recognise it is connected to the server so only shows the offline files on the share where they are defined.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have not have much like using Microsoft syncing tools over VPN and gave them up a while back.

So while this is not a direct answer, I use Sync Back Pro and it will back up (sync) over VPN. Go to and I think you can get a trial to see if it fits your situation. I have been using it for over 5 years now.
ajmcqueenAuthor Commented:
That's not much help at the moment as need to sort this. Have the same problem on multiple PCs. What I don't understand is how you persuade a lop top it is really online over a VPN connection and should therefore show both online and offline files?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
VPN is just a secure connection. There is no issue passing traffic over the VPN so it knows both internal addresses and can sync as needed. Addresses and traffic flow are individual by computer address.
ajmcqueenAuthor Commented:
I found the answer. Windows 8.1 (and Windows 10) has a setting called Easy Access under the Home Menu Item on Windows Explorer. Here you can force Explorer to assume all drives are online, even when on VPN, by clicking "Work Offline".

By default VPN is considered a slow connection and only files/folders marked as "Always Available Offline" are available. By following the above advice this behaviour is overridden and you can see offline and online files/folders over VPN.

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ajmcqueenAuthor Commented:
I found the solution and it works!
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