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We have a windows 2003 server setup doing active directory. Recently we have added our first non XP machine. This is a windows 7 pro laptop. All is working fine on the user aspect side of this equation except when the person takes their laptop off network. Normally in xp you would have locally cached files that would later sync when on the net. How ever in windows 7 this does not seem to work. It basically breaks down once the user leaves and they are unable to access their data off network. Is this changeable. All I see online are folder redirection concepts but I dobut this is how i want to approach this.

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Are you talking about just roaming profiles or offline files? They aren't the same thing. – GregD Jul 27 '10 at 17:09
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There's a lot of clarification in the comments - it might help people to understand/answer your question if you could organize that information & edit it into your question. This takes a lot of patience from both asker and answerers at times. – Kara Marfia Jul 27 '10 at 19:05
Sorry for the misplaced edit, the original question was quite confusing and looked (at least to me) a lot more related to offline folders than to actual roaming profiles. – Massimo Jul 27 '10 at 19:44

If you want it to work the same as you have described your XP machines work, just find her profile via the UNC, right click the folder, and make it available offline. Windows Sync should* take care of the rest.

*I say 'should' because Offline Files has a long history of working only most of the time.

This answer did not solve the problem; this does solve another common problem in Vista/Win7 however, and the comments contain quite a bit of information, so I'm not deleting it.

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+1, and i share your sentiment about 'offline files' I don't know what I dislike more, those, or roaming profiles. – DanBig Jul 27 '10 at 17:14
Are you using any form of redirection, folder redirection, home directory, etc? Or are you using profile location in AD with cached Roaming Profiles? Also, the questions says "it breaks down ... unable to access their data off network" - what error messages are you getting, what exactly do you mean by this. It sounds like you're trying to get at a home directory or something similar. – Chris S Jul 27 '10 at 18:14
In Win7 his profile is in C:\Users (there is nothing in C:\Documents & Settings). Also in XP the %userprofile%\Local Settings was the only folder not part of the Roaming Profile. In Win7 %localappdata% is the only folder (by default) that is not part of the Roaming Profile. XP and Vista/Win7 profiles are very incompatible with each other, even if they look similar. USMT (part of WinAIK) is a tool MS created to move profiles from one format to the other:… – Chris S Jul 27 '10 at 18:26
A Server 2003 R2 DC (older is more questionable) should be able to set GPO for a Win7 client to use Roaming Profiles correctly; but the user can not have an XP profile in the location, if one is there it must be migrated or removed. I'm still confused as to what happens when the user leaves the network; their profile no longer loads, or is there some other error? – Chris S Jul 27 '10 at 18:33
@Chris S - Just a minor correction. The user can have a Windows XP profile in the same location, you just have to name the Win7 profile something different. – GregD Jul 27 '10 at 18:39

our csc cache would get corrupted alot and it was always the compination of nic mismatch ie running half duplex vs auto and not running uphclean. Well with win7 uphclean is builtin but I'd still check the network settings.

forgot to mention that maybe the source SHARE does not have CSC enabled

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