[gptalk] Re: Offline Files for redirected folders sync issues

  • From: "Matthew McComas" <mmccomas@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2007 11:50:26 -0500

Yeah, I've tried synchtoy...there was no way to centrally configure it
so it had to be done on a per user basis.


The auto-reconnect feature has never really worked for us...Two MS cases
and no go...I mean, it works, but sparingly and not with any
consistency.  Our slow link detection is set at zero...


I've really been through the gamut of things that can be done...I just
thought I'd see if anyone had done anything different since the last
time I tackled this.


Also, my boss doesn't seem to get it...he thinks it should be an easy
thing to do ("everyone uses offline files, why can't we?")  He's right,
a lot of people use it, just not the way we are trying to.  The way were
are trying to use it happens to expose one of Microsoft's greatest
weaknesses in their offline files architecture-namely how to handle
synch and caching over slow WAN vpn link without a local server.


The best solution may be a small local file server used purely for
offline files, and then a robocopy job to synch with the central file
server back here.


Matt McComas

Information Technology

Westdale Asset Management, Ltd.


From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Darren Mar-Elia
Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2007 11:37 AM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Re: Offline Files for redirected folders sync issues



The auto-reconnect should happen on its own if the client isn't
detecting a slow-link. I agree that its not perfect however. Maybe you
should try lowering the slow link threshold and see if that helps. As
for 3rd party alternatives, someone on another list recommended this MS
utility the other day, but I've not used it:




From: gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:gptalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Matthew Bilsky
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 6:02 PM
To: gptalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gptalk] Offline Files for redirected folders sync issues


I am working on setting up a windows domain system, and I am running
into a 
problem when it comes to syncing redirected folders for use offline. 

The system is small, around 6 users, and 2 server 2003 servers. Myself
and a 
couple other users have laptops, which we use both in the house, and
we have internet outside, and other times not. I have my docs, app data,
the desktop redirected to my central server through folder redirection 
in group policy. I need for my users to have access to their files
so that they can still work even if they don't have internet. The
problem i 
am having is with the 
synchronization. Since all of my users are still using xp, i am stuck
the outdated, annoying product. The laptops require the users to
initiate the 
syncs, by clicking on the computer in the task bar, in order to
re-connect to 
the server. They sometimes need to sync multiple times before everything

starts to work again. I need it so that they system auto-syncs whenever
detects the server, and doesn't interrupt the user if it doesn't,
the computers just work, no user interaction required. Also, certain
generate sync errors, saying that those type cannot be synced. 

A friend of mine is a sys admin, and said that a few years ago he used a
party tool to replace the windows sync completely, and it worked great.
only problem is that the name escapes him. 

I was hoping that you could either suggest a tool, or a way to fix my 

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