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Folder redirection applied to user OU, however I want redirected files to be cached when user logs in to Laptop

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Hi,

I've seen similar questions been asked before however I dont think these work in my situation.

I have created a a Folder redirect group policy which maps the desktop and document folders to a server share (rather than the default local storage). This is applied to an OU that contains all users. This is to speed up user logins.

I have seperate OUs for Computers and laptops. What i want is for users to be able to access a cached version of their desktop and documents if they log onto a domain joined laptop that they then want to use when not connected to the corporate network.

At present, if they log onto a laptop that doesnt have a corporate network connection they get an error (rightly so) that the folders for their desktop and documents cannot be reached.

Is there a way to apply a GPo to the Laptop OU that allows users to have a cached copy of their otherwise mapped folders on the local laptop? Or, am I going about this the wrong way?

Offline files seems to be switched on. All laptops are Windows 7 pro and server is 2012 r2.
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Double check that offline files is enabled. Also - enable the group Policy setting: Make Redirected Folders Always Available Offline (see this guide: https://deployhappiness.com/extending-folder-redirection-data-deduplication-volume-shadow-services-and-offline-files
With offline files, the user still has to log into the laptop on the network for the files to sync once. After they have completed the first sync, they can access redirected files off site.
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Thanks, offline files are enabled however your link above led me down another avenue which was to check the "allow caching of share" option on the actual share itself. this seems to have done the trick. Thanks for the link.
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