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By john.harrison2 ·
I spend a lot of time travelling. I have a W2K laptop which when connected synchronizes with the servers at my home base. While I was away someone decided to move directories from one server to another and then decommission the old server and told no one. I can see the directories again after making them available offline again from their new server. However whenever my laptop synchronizes it keeps trying to connect to the server that no longer exists. I cannot find a way to tell it to stop synchronizing to the old server and directories.

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by RJBoudreaux Contributor In reply to Synchronize Files Problem

There is a way to manually configure synchronization from within the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Local Group Policy settings. If you have administrative rights to your W2K laptop then you can modify these settings. At the command prompt type in MMC, then in the Console click Console, Open and browse to C:\Winnt\System32\GPEDIT.MSC, this will get you into the Group Policy Settings console for Local Computer Policy. There are two locations for modifying the Synchronizaition settings. UnderComputer Configuration go to Administrative Templates, Network, Offline Files. The policys listed in the righthand window will need to be modified. Specifically the following policies, Enabled (Enabled), Synchronize all offline files before logging off (Enabled), Action on server disconnect (Work Offline), Non-default server disconnect actions (Enabled, and enter the new server name for the Add Value Name and the designation of 0 for Work Offline), you can also Administratively assign offline files (put the new server URL and folder location i.e. \\SERVERNAME\Folder). And if you want event logging Event logging level (set to 3).
The second location for modifying the settings are User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Network, Offline Files, and you will find the same policies listed here, you can also add the same settings here as well.
Upon exit you will need to save the settings. Also, be sure the C:\Winnt\System32\Group Policy folder has the following security property settings: Administrator - Full Control, and Everyone Full Control. If you want to lock down the access settings on the laptop then you will need to modify the security settings.

I hope this brief overview helps!
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by RJBoudreaux Contributor In reply to Synchronize Files Problem

Also, you can enter multiple server and folder locations for offline files. Just keep adding multiple URL and sever names in the appropriate policy settings.

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by Tictag In reply to Synchronize Files Problem

Remove (delete) the placeholders for the files from the old server in the 'Offline Files Folder' WINDOWS EXPLORER / TOOLS / FOLDER OPTIONS / OFFLINE FILES / VIEW FILES

HTH,
Regards,
Tictag.

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