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    Ok and how do I set the profile to be cached?

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    It does it automatically AFAIC

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    You mean setting up offline files automatically caches the profiles?

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    No, I mean unless you delete them on logoff, the computer caches the profile. See under system properties, user profiles, settings (I think)
    If they have never logged on to a computer then their name will not be here.

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    Right ok so the way for me to test this is to logon to the test laptop in school onto the domain then take it home and see if it can logon?

    I'm making this assumption based on the fact that if I go to one of the domain PC's and check the user profiles I can see those of the staff who have logged on.

    Does that sound right?

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    Yes
    Check the profile of the test user is on the laptop after you have logged on and still there after you have restarted it - Log on as a different user and check to see your test user is still there. Just in case there is some profile deletion software such as delprof running on the network somewhere

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    Configuring Offline Files

    To test it all you need to do is logon a machine with a staff account.

    Make sure the profile syncs in sync center.

    Log off.

    Then turn off your wireless and/or pull out the network cable and attempt to login.

    If you are able to, then check to see if you can see your documents.

    This is how to test to see if you can login with a cache profile.

    Any work they do at home will then sync with the server once they come back in and use the laptop.

    Bare in mind for the teachers that they need to turn on the laptop and login or it won't sync and their files won't be available from any other computer. That's a common question.

    Unless you use VPN or Direct Access of course. Then it will sync over the link when they are at home.

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    Hello again

    Bit of a breakthrough with this due to your continued help.

    I have logged in to the test laptop onto the domain, then logged out, turned off the wireless and logged in again. It asked for my credentials which is no big deal so I know that the laptops can be used at home to an extent.

    Only thing is the sync didn't take place, I don't see any of my documents. Do I need a policy on the Staff Laptop OU to allow this?

    Thanks for your patience

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    The Sync is not instantaneous, obviously if you have a lot of files, it will take its time to sync up.

    Log in again to the domain, go to the Sync Center and see what it says, it will probably say something like preparing/waiting for first sync or something.

    If i were you, to make sure it all works, leave it be. See if it syncs automatically, I have never known it not to.

    Once it has all sync'd then log off, turn off your networking and then log back in, your files should be available then. Then create a bunch of new documents, also edit a few of the existing ones.

    Log out, log back into the domain and see if it syncs them from the computer to the server and see if it updates the previous versions of the documents you edited.

    If it does, then you have successful setup of Offline Files.

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    I find the Windows 7 sync FAR slower than the XP sync used to be and sometimes it can take hours.
    As DEvans says - leave it be for a bit and just see what happens

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    Agree with Witch, It is a question of how long is a piece of string.

    I have seen syncs take ages (depends on how many small files you have). It is essentially just copy and replacing from the server to the client and if the client is on a slow 5.2k Sata drive over a wireless 54Mb/s link. Then obviously we are talking a long time.

    Gigabit to High Performance SSD. Few Seconds. It is amazing how far we have come the last 5 years.

    Once the first sync is done however, it is incremental changes from then on.

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    I will try this but I think I may have found an existing policy conflicting with what I am trying to achieve.

    The policy appears to be applied to all PC's and reads as follows:

    Network/Offline Files
    Policy=Action on server disconnect (Enabled) Action=never go offline
    Policy=Allow or disallow use of the offline files feature (Disabled)
    Policy=Default cache size (Enabled)
    Policy=Remove 'Make Available Offline' (Enabled)
    Policy=Sync all offline files before logging off (Disabled)
    Policy=Sync all offline files when logging on (Disabled)

    Obviously if there is something here stopping it from working then it's affecting the Staff Laptop OU.

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    This is what I mean about migrated networks. Did you use XP before?

    Yeh Enable Allow or Disallow use of offline files feature.

    Disable (Truly disable not choose "not configured" as the computer won't see a change) Remove Make available offline.

    Sync all offline on login and Logoff. You will need to Enable these.

    This is why in Group policy we have three choices. If you set them to not configured, it won't necessarily tell the machine to go back to defaults. Machine will go.. i'm disable.. oh you've changed it to not configured.. well i don't know what that means, so i'll remain off.

    Once you have left it running in the school for a while, go back and change them all to not configured, thus restoring you to defaults. The less policies applying the better.

    Hope this helps,

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    Hello

    Some further progress with this: I made the changes as suggested above and logged into the domain on the test laptop where sync centre appears to have come to life a bit.

    Initially it told me there was a conflict with the Bluetooth folder so I resolved this and forced the sync through.

    When I login offline I now get a Network Drive under Computer (this is good I take it) but there is nothing in it.

    When I go to the *Sync Centre>View your offline files>Mapped Network Drives* I can see a drive with my username and 71% under it, was wondering if this is referring to the space used or the sync progress?
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    What do you see if you go to "Documents" if you log on offline AFTER the sync



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