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Removing redirected {{My Documents}} and offline files

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  • We have a situation where several of our laptop users, about 100, have their {{My Documents}} folder redirected to a network share and that share is made available offline to them.  I have three things I need to do:

    1. redirect their {{My Documents}} folder back to the default location

    2. Turn off the available offline for these folders on the network share

    3. Move the data that is in the network share to the local PC in the default location for {{My Documents}}

    For #1 I can change the registry to point back to the default locations.

    For #2 I think I can use the group policy under Computer Configuration > policies > Administrative Template > Network > Offline Files. But I'm not sure which setting(s) to use

    For #3 I think I can use the group policy under Computer Configuration > policies > Administrative Template > Network > Offline Files with settings for synchronize all offline files when logging on or off.

    Does anyone have any ideas how to accomplish these tasks?

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 4:49 PM

Answers

  • > For #1 I can change the registry to point back to the default locations.
     
    Only if you have a way to copy the data... Unless you use FR to redirect
    back, you have to take care of copying existing data on your own.
     
    Why not creating a GPO that simply redirects to the local profile?
     
    > For #2 I think I can use the group policy under Computer Configuration >
    > policies > Administrative Template > Network > Offline Files. But I'm
    > not sure which setting(s) to use
     
    You can disable offline availability on the server side (in the share
    settings). Simple manual task :)
     
    Or "do not make redirected folders automatically available offline" -
    but this won't help since they ARE already available offline.
     
    > For #3 I think I can use the group policy under Computer Configuration >
    > policies > Administrative Template > Network > Offline Files with
    > settings for synchronize all offline files when logging on or off.
     
    If it works, yes. But this is only supported up to XP, not since Vista
    and above...
     
    The best solution I think is a script that leverages the
    win32_offlinefiles provider to check for items that are not in sync,
    then triggers a sync and reports success/failure to a log or a database.
    But that's way out of the scope of a GP forum.
     

    Martin

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    Tuesday, January 20, 2015 5:16 PM