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I am trying to setup offline files to a network drive at my company and would like for it sync up as soon as im connected to the network or VPN. I am having trouble getting my mapped network drive to always be available (via offline files). It tells me it cannot setup offline files. Is it not possible to make a mapped network drive available online?

I am using Windows 7 Professional

Steps taken:

  1. Go to computer
  2. Right click the mapped network drive on the bottom
  3. Go to properties
  4. Offline Files
  5. Put a check in Always available offline
  6. Next thing that happens is when it tells me it cant be used for offline files

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I believe you'll have to log into the server hosting the share and enable it there, not on the end PC.

Windows 7: Right click on folder > properties > sharing > advanced sharing > caching

2003: right click on folder > sharing and security > caching

2008 R2: Same as windows 7


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I will give that try in a few minutes and report back. – Mike K Feb 22 '12 at 17:27
I do not see the option on the server level to turn on offline files for that specific folder. Do you know why that is? – Mike K Feb 22 '12 at 18:46
Are you doing it on the share or on the folder of the share? – Shawn Feb 22 '12 at 18:57
Folder in the share, but to access that folder, I need to have the share available offline first. – Mike K Feb 22 '12 at 19:06
You have to do it on the machine hosting the shares, as if you're actually sitting there. C:\blah you can't do it through \\share\blah. If you're not the administrator for that server you might have to ask them to do it for you, or they may have offline files disabled. – Shawn Feb 22 '12 at 19:13

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