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Windows 2000's Offline Folders feature enables users to maintain a local copy of a shared folder so they can work with the folder and its contents when the server on which the folder resides is unavailable. While this feature can help boost productivity, you might need to prevent users from caching a particular folder in some situations. For example, you might want to restrict a folder because it contains sensitive data.
You can configure the properties for a shared folder to restrict offline caching or to control how the system caches the folder. To configure caching on a particular folder, follow these steps:
- Right-click the shared folder, and choose Sharing.
- On the Sharing tab of the folder's Properties dialog box, click Caching.
- In the Caching Settings dialog box, deselect the Allow Caching Of Files In This Shared Folder. Enabling this setting allows users to cache the folder offline.
- Click OK to close all dialog boxes.
If you prefer to allow caching but want to be able to control how the system caches folders, leave the Allow Caching Of Files In This Shared Folder option selected, and choose one of the following options from the Setting drop-down list:
- Manual Caching For Documents: This default option allows users to manually specify which files the system will cache.
- Automatic Caching For Documents: This option causes the system to cache any file a user opens from the share. The system doesn't cache unopened files.
- Automatic Caching For Programs: Use this option for programs or other files that won't undergo changes. The system caches files on the user's systems once, reducing network traffic by using the cached copies rather than the copies stored on the server.