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    Offline files read only when opened offline

    It appears that files are being cached for offline access however trying to open one in work for instance gives a message that it is open by another user and then gives you the options of opening a read only copy, merging it later and another option which I forget.

    Has anyone seen this behaviour before?

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    This is bugging me now as I cannot get offline files to work with Win 7.

    This is the situation I currently have.

    Newly installed laptop.

    Users documents all show the status of "always available" and appear to be synced.

    When offline if I try to open an existing document I can only do so as a read only copy, the document does however open.

    If I launch word and create a new document I can save this to the users my documents and then I can subsequently open this normally both online and offline.

    I've reset the cache database and checked that the files are not encrypted which they are not.

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    Any difference when you force the sync?
    Administratively assigned offline files or user-configured?
    Are you syncing \\server\share\user or \\server\share\user\Documents ?
    What happens if you sync a newly created test user? (if you're not already doing that?)

    For us....

    Administratively-assigned offline start menu - works without issue.
    Administratively-assigned offline Desktop - works without issue.
    Administratively-assigned brand-spanking-new userdir - works without issue.
    Administratively-assigned existing userdir - works after fiddling with permissions on the userdir.

    User-configured offline userdir - may have issues, but that may be my users not letting it sync correctly.

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    Forcing sync makes no difference.

    Administratively-assigned existing userdir -
    Are you setting that in:

    computer config - policies - administrative templates - network - offline files

    Administratively assigned offline files?

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    User Config, but same path.

    User Config > Policies > Administrative Templates > Offline Files > Administratively assigned offline files.

    They're configured as UNC paths using the %username% variable.

    So: \\server\users$\%username%\Documents

    Then redirect Documents / My Documents as you would normally.

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    Set that to %homeshare% same result allthough it doesn't explain why I can create new files offline without a problem, will have to compare file information.

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    Ok I've compared the two files and the only difference is that the file that I created whilst offline that allows me to open it properly online and offline is a docx file created in Word 2010 and the other file would be a .doc created in Office 2003.

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