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Most of the files that I use are stored on my desktop computer (also acting
as a file server, with RAID5). I keep an Offline copy on my laptop and take
them with me to do work. Everything works fine. When I'm away from the
network, I have nice speedy access to all my Offline files. Also, if I
connect to the network via 100BaseT Ethernet, while a little slower because
it's using the server files over the Ethernet, access is still reasonable.
However, when I'm connected to the network via Wi-Fi, which is the typical
case (like right now, I'm sitting in bed), the connection is very, very
slow. With occasional exceptions (my wife has a third computer and shares
some of these files), I'm the only one who ever changes these files, so I
don't care about being out of sync with the "real" copy on the server.

Is there a way to make Windows XP use the Offline file version of the files
and folders by default? I could still synchronize every time I bring my
laptop back to the network, but that way I would not be forced to rely on
the super-slow network access.

By the way, I don't want to disable the Wi-Fi network and force the computer
to use the Offline files that way, because I rely on the Wi-Fi connection
for Internet access. I only want to use my local copies of the Offline files
and folders, while otherwise interacting with the network normally.

Thanks for any advice,
Colin
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    Hmm--here's something I haven't tried, and it may be absolutely useless, but
    read on:

    The Windows Server 2003 resource kit contains a tool "CSCCMD.EXE" to allow
    command-line interaction with the client-side cache (i.e. offline files.)

    There's an argument cssccmd /disconnect

    which appears to do what you'd like, as (obliquely) cited here:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822888

    And, of course, this article exists because there's a bug, which is fixed in
    XP SP2--so you want to be running SP2 to use this method.

    And, of couse, you need the resource kit, which fortunately, is downloadable
    here:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&displaylang=en

    This seems to me worth trying, unless Jeffrey Randow (or somebody else!) can
    tell us I'm all wet in left field and this absolutely isn't applicable!


    "Colin Higbie" <CHigbie@nospamxxxAptagen.com> wrote in message
    news:%23E1D3z4kEHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Most of the files that I use are stored on my desktop computer (also
    > acting
    > as a file server, with RAID5). I keep an Offline copy on my laptop and
    > take
    > them with me to do work. Everything works fine. When I'm away from the
    > network, I have nice speedy access to all my Offline files. Also, if I
    > connect to the network via 100BaseT Ethernet, while a little slower
    > because
    > it's using the server files over the Ethernet, access is still reasonable.
    > However, when I'm connected to the network via Wi-Fi, which is the typical
    > case (like right now, I'm sitting in bed), the connection is very, very
    > slow. With occasional exceptions (my wife has a third computer and shares
    > some of these files), I'm the only one who ever changes these files, so I
    > don't care about being out of sync with the "real" copy on the server.
    >
    > Is there a way to make Windows XP use the Offline file version of the
    > files
    > and folders by default? I could still synchronize every time I bring my
    > laptop back to the network, but that way I would not be forced to rely on
    > the super-slow network access.
    >
    > By the way, I don't want to disable the Wi-Fi network and force the
    > computer
    > to use the Offline files that way, because I rely on the Wi-Fi connection
    > for Internet access. I only want to use my local copies of the Offline
    > files
    > and folders, while otherwise interacting with the network normally.
    >
    > Thanks for any advice,
    > Colin
    >
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    Left off the best reference:

    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/csccmd.asp

    This looks like it will do what you want--but read the usage information so
    that you understand how it works--you reconnect via doing a synch.

    "Bill Sanderson" <Bill_Sanderson@msn.com.plugh.org> wrote in message
    news:erxNfX5kEHA.896@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > Hmm--here's something I haven't tried, and it may be absolutely useless,
    > but read on:
    >
    > The Windows Server 2003 resource kit contains a tool "CSCCMD.EXE" to allow
    > command-line interaction with the client-side cache (i.e. offline files.)
    >
    > There's an argument cssccmd /disconnect
    >
    > which appears to do what you'd like, as (obliquely) cited here:
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822888
    >
    > And, of course, this article exists because there's a bug, which is fixed
    > in XP SP2--so you want to be running SP2 to use this method.
    >
    > And, of couse, you need the resource kit, which fortunately, is
    > downloadable here:
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&displaylang=en
    >
    > This seems to me worth trying, unless Jeffrey Randow (or somebody else!)
    > can tell us I'm all wet in left field and this absolutely isn't
    > applicable!
    >
    >
    > "Colin Higbie" <CHigbie@nospamxxxAptagen.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23E1D3z4kEHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >> Most of the files that I use are stored on my desktop computer (also
    >> acting
    >> as a file server, with RAID5). I keep an Offline copy on my laptop and
    >> take
    >> them with me to do work. Everything works fine. When I'm away from the
    >> network, I have nice speedy access to all my Offline files. Also, if I
    >> connect to the network via 100BaseT Ethernet, while a little slower
    >> because
    >> it's using the server files over the Ethernet, access is still
    >> reasonable.
    >> However, when I'm connected to the network via Wi-Fi, which is the
    >> typical
    >> case (like right now, I'm sitting in bed), the connection is very, very
    >> slow. With occasional exceptions (my wife has a third computer and shares
    >> some of these files), I'm the only one who ever changes these files, so I
    >> don't care about being out of sync with the "real" copy on the server.
    >>
    >> Is there a way to make Windows XP use the Offline file version of the
    >> files
    >> and folders by default? I could still synchronize every time I bring my
    >> laptop back to the network, but that way I would not be forced to rely on
    >> the super-slow network access.
    >>
    >> By the way, I don't want to disable the Wi-Fi network and force the
    >> computer
    >> to use the Offline files that way, because I rely on the Wi-Fi connection
    >> for Internet access. I only want to use my local copies of the Offline
    >> files
    >> and folders, while otherwise interacting with the network normally.
    >>
    >> Thanks for any advice,
    >> Colin
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    That sure looks like the right thing! Thanks. I'll try and report back.

    - Colin


    "Bill Sanderson" <Bill_Sanderson@msn.com.plugh.org> wrote in message
    news:O0Wj$u5kEHA.1712@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Left off the best reference:
    >
    > http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/csccmd.asp
    >
    > This looks like it will do what you want--but read the usage information
    > so that you understand how it works--you reconnect via doing a synch.
    >
    > "Bill Sanderson" <Bill_Sanderson@msn.com.plugh.org> wrote in message
    > news:erxNfX5kEHA.896@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >> Hmm--here's something I haven't tried, and it may be absolutely useless,
    >> but read on:
    >>
    >> The Windows Server 2003 resource kit contains a tool "CSCCMD.EXE" to
    >> allow command-line interaction with the client-side cache (i.e. offline
    >> files.)
    >>
    >> There's an argument cssccmd /disconnect
    >>
    >> which appears to do what you'd like, as (obliquely) cited here:
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822888
    >>
    >> And, of course, this article exists because there's a bug, which is fixed
    >> in XP SP2--so you want to be running SP2 to use this method.
    >>
    >> And, of couse, you need the resource kit, which fortunately, is
    >> downloadable here:
    >>
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&displaylang=en
    >>
    >> This seems to me worth trying, unless Jeffrey Randow (or somebody else!)
    >> can tell us I'm all wet in left field and this absolutely isn't
    >> applicable!
    >>
    >>
    >> "Colin Higbie" <CHigbie@nospamxxxAptagen.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23E1D3z4kEHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>> Most of the files that I use are stored on my desktop computer (also
    >>> acting
    >>> as a file server, with RAID5). I keep an Offline copy on my laptop and
    >>> take
    >>> them with me to do work. Everything works fine. When I'm away from the
    >>> network, I have nice speedy access to all my Offline files. Also, if I
    >>> connect to the network via 100BaseT Ethernet, while a little slower
    >>> because
    >>> it's using the server files over the Ethernet, access is still
    >>> reasonable.
    >>> However, when I'm connected to the network via Wi-Fi, which is the
    >>> typical
    >>> case (like right now, I'm sitting in bed), the connection is very, very
    >>> slow. With occasional exceptions (my wife has a third computer and
    >>> shares
    >>> some of these files), I'm the only one who ever changes these files, so
    >>> I
    >>> don't care about being out of sync with the "real" copy on the server.
    >>>
    >>> Is there a way to make Windows XP use the Offline file version of the
    >>> files
    >>> and folders by default? I could still synchronize every time I bring my
    >>> laptop back to the network, but that way I would not be forced to rely
    >>> on
    >>> the super-slow network access.
    >>>
    >>> By the way, I don't want to disable the Wi-Fi network and force the
    >>> computer
    >>> to use the Offline files that way, because I rely on the Wi-Fi
    >>> connection
    >>> for Internet access. I only want to use my local copies of the Offline
    >>> files
    >>> and folders, while otherwise interacting with the network normally.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks for any advice,
    >>> Colin
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    Another option, which I much prefer to Offline Files: www.centered.com . I
    think it's a lot better in general - and it's cheap & cheerfu.

    </shameless plug>

    Colin Higbie wrote:
    > Most of the files that I use are stored on my desktop computer (also
    > acting as a file server, with RAID5). I keep an Offline copy on my
    > laptop and take them with me to do work. Everything works fine. When
    > I'm away from the network, I have nice speedy access to all my
    > Offline files. Also, if I connect to the network via 100BaseT
    > Ethernet, while a little slower because it's using the server files
    > over the Ethernet, access is still reasonable. However, when I'm
    > connected to the network via Wi-Fi, which is the typical case (like
    > right now, I'm sitting in bed), the connection is very, very slow.
    > With occasional exceptions (my wife has a third computer and shares
    > some of these files), I'm the only one who ever changes these files,
    > so I don't care about being out of sync with the "real" copy on the
    > server.
    >
    > Is there a way to make Windows XP use the Offline file version of the
    > files and folders by default? I could still synchronize every time I
    > bring my laptop back to the network, but that way I would not be
    > forced to rely on the super-slow network access.
    >
    > By the way, I don't want to disable the Wi-Fi network and force the
    > computer to use the Offline files that way, because I rely on the
    > Wi-Fi connection for Internet access. I only want to use my local
    > copies of the Offline files and folders, while otherwise interacting
    > with the network normally.
    >
    > Thanks for any advice,
    > Colin
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.work_remotely (More info?)

    Those are the best resources out there, Bill.. :)


    Jeffrey Randow (Windows Networking & Smart Display MVP)
    jeffreyr-support@remotenetworktechnology.com

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    be answered depending on time availability....

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    On Sun, 5 Sep 2004 18:57:38 -0400, "Bill Sanderson"
    <Bill_Sanderson@msn.com.plugh.org> wrote:

    >Left off the best reference:
    >
    >http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/WindowsServ/2003/all/techref/en-us/Default.asp?url=/Resources/Documentation/windowsserv/2003/all/techref/en-us/csccmd.asp
    >
    >This looks like it will do what you want--but read the usage information so
    >that you understand how it works--you reconnect via doing a synch.
    >
    >"Bill Sanderson" <Bill_Sanderson@msn.com.plugh.org> wrote in message
    >news:erxNfX5kEHA.896@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >> Hmm--here's something I haven't tried, and it may be absolutely useless,
    >> but read on:
    >>
    >> The Windows Server 2003 resource kit contains a tool "CSCCMD.EXE" to allow
    >> command-line interaction with the client-side cache (i.e. offline files.)
    >>
    >> There's an argument cssccmd /disconnect
    >>
    >> which appears to do what you'd like, as (obliquely) cited here:
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;822888
    >>
    >> And, of course, this article exists because there's a bug, which is fixed
    >> in XP SP2--so you want to be running SP2 to use this method.
    >>
    >> And, of couse, you need the resource kit, which fortunately, is
    >> downloadable here:
    >>
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9d467a69-57ff-4ae7-96ee-b18c4790cffd&displaylang=en
    >>
    >> This seems to me worth trying, unless Jeffrey Randow (or somebody else!)
    >> can tell us I'm all wet in left field and this absolutely isn't
    >> applicable!
    >>
    >>
    >> "Colin Higbie" <CHigbie@nospamxxxAptagen.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%23E1D3z4kEHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >>> Most of the files that I use are stored on my desktop computer (also
    >>> acting
    >>> as a file server, with RAID5). I keep an Offline copy on my laptop and
    >>> take
    >>> them with me to do work. Everything works fine. When I'm away from the
    >>> network, I have nice speedy access to all my Offline files. Also, if I
    >>> connect to the network via 100BaseT Ethernet, while a little slower
    >>> because
    >>> it's using the server files over the Ethernet, access is still
    >>> reasonable.
    >>> However, when I'm connected to the network via Wi-Fi, which is the
    >>> typical
    >>> case (like right now, I'm sitting in bed), the connection is very, very
    >>> slow. With occasional exceptions (my wife has a third computer and shares
    >>> some of these files), I'm the only one who ever changes these files, so I
    >>> don't care about being out of sync with the "real" copy on the server.
    >>>
    >>> Is there a way to make Windows XP use the Offline file version of the
    >>> files
    >>> and folders by default? I could still synchronize every time I bring my
    >>> laptop back to the network, but that way I would not be forced to rely on
    >>> the super-slow network access.
    >>>
    >>> By the way, I don't want to disable the Wi-Fi network and force the
    >>> computer
    >>> to use the Offline files that way, because I rely on the Wi-Fi connection
    >>> for Internet access. I only want to use my local copies of the Offline
    >>> files
    >>> and folders, while otherwise interacting with the network normally.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks for any advice,
    >>> Colin
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
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