Tech Tip: Win2K date and time attributes/Roaming profiles and offline folders

Learn about the date and time attributes, as well as roaming profiles and offline folders.

Windows 2000 Professional: Change a file's date and time attributes

Windows manages files' date and time attributes automatically, setting and changing these attributes when you create, access, or modify files. Most people never need to give these file attributes a second thought.

But if you use these attributes to generate billing information or perform other tasks, ensuring that they're correct becomes very important.

Making sure your system's date and time are correct is an important step toward ensuring that file attributes are correct. But if your system doesn't adjust properly to Daylight Savings Time or if you incorrectly set the date or time, you might need to modify these file attributes.

Windows enables you to view date and time attributes of files and folders within the Windows interface, but it doesn't provide a way to change them, either through the GUI or from the command console.

However, you can find several third-party applications and script examples on the Internet that can modify these file attributes. One example is AttributeMagic Pro, which you can find on For a Visual Basic script example to change date and time attributes, check out

Windows 2000 Server: Keep roaming profiles and offline folders separate

Roaming profiles enable users to access a consistent desktop and working environment regardless of their logon location. Offline folders provide the means to create a locally cached copy of a network share, making the files available when the remote server is offline.

However, if you choose to use roaming profiles and offline files together, you need to consider a few issues. For example, it's common to use group policy-based folder redirection to redirect a user's working folders, such as My Documents, to a network share and to configure those folders for offline use.

If you're using roaming profiles and folder redirection with offline files, don't place roaming profiles on the same server as redirected folders configured for offline use. Doing so causes synchronization problems for the user's profile if the client determines that the remote share is unavailable, even if the location of the user's roaming profile is still available.

If you use folder redirection, you should also redirect the user's My Documents folder outside of the roaming profile. This keeps the roaming profile and the My Documents folder separate. Finally, make sure you disable offline folder caching for the user's profile folder to prevent user profile synchronization problems.