> Off line files/MyDocs take some time, synchronizations, and usually a
> couple reboots before they are accessible from the client's machine. I
> speak of via the normal "My Docs" folder, be prepared for this when
> installing 7.
The redirection of the "[My] Documents" folder to the server \\files is
implemented using Group Policy. It can take a couple log-ins for the Group
Policy to apply. There are "brute force" mechanisms available to speed this
along ( as admin, run gpupdate /force ).
> Of course, as Geoff pointed out to me, you have the options to map a
> drive directly to the files to get to necessary files quickly, but it
> can be surprising and even panic invoking if you (and the client) are
> not ready for it.
I would map a drive, but if someone is panicked, you can always browse to
\\file\[netid] as that user to reassure that person.
> In one case, I was suddenly not able to find a client's email profile
> on the "MyDocs" directory where I put it. Then I noticed grey "X"
> marks by some of the folders, a synchronization and reboot cured this
> issue on most folders, the remaining were cleared up after a few more
The Offline Files control panel does let you "sync now." The time this
process takes depends on the size and number of files a user has in her home
> This could present a problem if the client is using a laptop and wants
> to quickly dash out the door before the proper synchronization has
> happened, so I would advise to ensure a full synchronization has
> occurred before departing and warn your client.
> Hope this helps prevent some panic.
Useful advice, Roger. It's always good to set appropriate expectations.