Work Folders and Offline Files support for Windows Information Protection

Hi all, I’m Jeff Patterson, Program Manager for Work Folders and Offline Files. Windows 10, version 1607 will be available to Enterprise customers soon so I wanted to cover support for Windows Information Protection (a.k.a. Enterprise Data Protection) when using Work Folders or Offline Files. Windows Information Protection Overview Windows Information Protection (WIP) is a… Read more

Offline Files (CSC) to Work Folders Migration Guide

Hi all, I’m Jeff Patterson, Program Manager for Work Folders and Offline Files. Jane wrote a blog last year which covers how to use Folder Redirection with Work Folders. The blog is great for new environments. If Folder Redirection and Offline Files are currently used, there are some additional steps that need to be performed… Read more

Offline Files and Continuous Availability: the monstrous union you should not consecrate

Hi all, Ned here again with a quick chat about mixing Continuous Availability and Offline Files. As you know, we have several public docs recommending against combining CA and Client Side Caching (aka CSC aka Offline Files) because when users attempt to go offline, it will take up to six minutes. This usually leads to… Read more

Storage Tips: Read/write failures even with DFS Failover?

If you opened a file, and in the meanwhile the connection to the server was lost, and you don’t have CSC enabled, any further attempt to read/write will fail. DFS Failover is only performed when the client opens a file or folder. It does not apply for files or folders that are already open. In… Read more

Offline Files Chat (July 10, 2007)

Chat Topic: Offline Files ChatDate: Tuesday, July 10, 2007Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator):Thank you for joining today’s chat with the Offline Files in Windows Vista team.  We will begin the chat in about 5 minutes due to the lateness of the email reminders.  In the meantime, feel free to start queuing up questions!Wendy [MSFT] (Moderator):Welcome to today’s… Read more

Mark your July calendars: Upcoming chats on Backup/Recovery and Offline Files in Windows Vista

I’m excited to announce two upcoming chats on some of the popular Windows Vista features owned by my team. On July 10, we’ll answer questions about Offline Files in Windows Vista. On July 11, we’ll answer questions about Backup, Complete PC Backup, System Restore, and Shadow Copies in Windows Vista. It’s been awhile since we did our… Read more

Synchronizing Offline Files from the command line

A blog reader recently asked us how to synchronize Offline Files from the command prompt instead of from the Sync Center as described in a previous blog post. Good question! Synchronizing Offline Files from the command line is performed using a WMI script. We have published two example scripts that illustrate how to do this. The… Read more

Updating your Offline Files cache in Windows Vista to point to a new server

A newsgroup customer recently asked us how to synchronize his Offline Files with a server after the server had been renamed. Offline Files in Windows Vista provides scripting support to enable users to write custom scripts to perform such tasks. To illustrate this, one of our Offline Files developers created a script that uses the… Read more

How to synchronize Offline Files when you log off of Windows Vista

Several customers have asked us about this recently. In Windows XP, you had the option of automatically synchronizing before logging off. Though this did ensure that your offline cache was up-to-date before you logged off, users often complained about this delay. In Windows Vista, if you want to ensure that your offline cache is up-to-date… Read more

Using Offline Files with Samba / EMC Servers, & NAS Devices

We’ve seen numerous questions lately regarding the use of Offline Files against a NAS device. Customers report that Windows XP clients work fine against a particular NAS device but Windows Vista clients do not. The reason for this difference is that Offline Files in Windows Vista relies on file system behaviors that the XP implementation… Read more