Formatting Offline File Cache and Disabling
Guys and Gals
We have taken over the management of the IT at a school and we have put in a new server, there are 80 or so pcs and laptops, we want to remove offline files from the computers but leave it on for Staff laptops.
Thats easy enough we can just disable the offline files using the following GPOs
Computer Config > Admin Templates > Network > Offline Files
Allow or Disallow use of the Offline Files feature - Disabled
Prohibit user configuration of Offline Files - Enabled
Synchronise all offline files when logging on - Disabled
Synchronise all offline files before logging off - Disabled
Remove "Make Available Offline" - Enabled
This removes the Sync Manager on logoff, which is what i want, but this leaves all the Cache in c:\windows\csc sometimes there over 20GB in here, doing the CTRL SHIFT trick on each PC isnt an option really.
So we decided to do the registry entry as suggested in KB230738 which involves adding the key called FormatDatabase in the netcache key, we did this with a startu script and on reboot it didnt clear the CSC folder, so i did it as a shutdown script this and it didnt work either, the scripts where running as i made it echo, finally i made a GPO ADM file and ran gpupdate /force and you can see the key appear as it should but this didnt work either.
SO i turned off the GPO: Allow or Disallow use of the Offline Files feature
And then upon reapplying the policy and rebooing it worked it cleared, so great, it seems that the offline files cannot be off to format the cache (UNLESS ANYONE KNOWS DIFFERENTLY, as i cant find anything the back this up), but now the sync manager shows on logoff, and starts to sync all Redirected folders, so i set loopback polices to set the Policy: Do not automatically make redirected folders offline
This worked to stop the files syncing but the sync manager still shows briefly, which can be clicked to setup a few things which i don want. Even options for sync on logon and logoff are ticked even though GPOs say not to.
What i really want is to clear the cache and disable offline files INCLUDING the sync manager, does any one know how to achieve what i need to do?