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Anonymous
December 26, 2004 7:15:43 PM

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I have a laptop, installed with XP Professional 2002 SP2. When I'm at home,
it's connected to my home network (Windows 2000).

I am a computer programmer by trade, and frequently do work at home, rather
than stay late at the office. Also, I am a keen amateur genealogist, and I
want to be able to set up my offline files so that my genealogy research
files (which live on my server) are automatically synchronised between the
server and the laptop at log on/off time. The problem is, I only seem to be
able to select my entire home folder, which I don't want, since there are a
lot of files in there that would take an age to sync.

I suppose I really have two questions:

1. Is it possible to set up the offline files synchronisation so that it
doesn't attempt to synchronise my entire home folder, and it's sub-folders?
2. Is it then possible to select individual folders within my home folder
for individual synchronisation?

I hope someone can help me with this.

TIA



Ian Henderson
Anonymous
December 26, 2004 7:15:44 PM

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Hi Ian,

You can setup specific files to be synchronised so that they are available when you are offline. You
can get more information about offline files here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/learn...

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Anando
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"Ian Henderson" <ianhendersonis@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:cqmo3f$85t$1@sparta.btinternet.com...
>I have a laptop, installed with XP Professional 2002 SP2. When I'm at home,
> it's connected to my home network (Windows 2000).
>
> I am a computer programmer by trade, and frequently do work at home, rather
> than stay late at the office. Also, I am a keen amateur genealogist, and I
> want to be able to set up my offline files so that my genealogy research
> files (which live on my server) are automatically synchronised between the
> server and the laptop at log on/off time. The problem is, I only seem to be
> able to select my entire home folder, which I don't want, since there are a
> lot of files in there that would take an age to sync.
>
> I suppose I really have two questions:
>
> 1. Is it possible to set up the offline files synchronisation so that it
> doesn't attempt to synchronise my entire home folder, and it's sub-folders?
> 2. Is it then possible to select individual folders within my home folder
> for individual synchronisation?
>
> I hope someone can help me with this.
>
> TIA
>
>
>
> Ian Henderson
>
>
>
December 26, 2004 7:15:44 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics,microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

Ian Henderson wrote:
> I have a laptop, installed with XP Professional 2002 SP2. When I'm at home,
> it's connected to my home network (Windows 2000).
>
> I am a computer programmer by trade, and frequently do work at home, rather
> than stay late at the office. Also, I am a keen amateur genealogist, and I
> want to be able to set up my offline files so that my genealogy research
> files (which live on my server) are automatically synchronised between the
> server and the laptop at log on/off time. The problem is, I only seem to be
> able to select my entire home folder, which I don't want, since there are a
> lot of files in there that would take an age to sync.
>
> I suppose I really have two questions:
>
> 1. Is it possible to set up the offline files synchronisation so that it
> doesn't attempt to synchronise my entire home folder, and it's sub-folders?
> 2. Is it then possible to select individual folders within my home folder
> for individual synchronisation?
>
> I hope someone can help me with this.
>
> TIA
>
>
>
> Ian Henderson
>
>
>

I have been using Unison to do a similar function. It offers a lot of
control that can be set up with control files. An advantage in my case
is that it works on both Windows and Linux.
http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/

Roger
Anonymous
December 27, 2004 7:20:15 PM

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Hi Anando

Thanks for the tip. The problem that I currently have is that for some
reason the system seems to be hell-bent on synchronising the whole of my
home folder, which is about 5Gb worth of stuff. If I try to right-click on
a folder to select "Make Available Offline", that option is greyed out. It
doesn't matter whether I try to do it through the file menu, or the
right-click context menu - it doesn't let me select the option at all.

Is there a reason for this?

Ian
"Anando [MS-MVP]" <anando@mvps.org> wrote in message
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> Hi Ian,
>
> You can setup specific files to be synchronised so that they are available
> when you are offline. You can get more information about offline files
> here:
>
> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/mobility/learn...
>
> --
>
> Anando
> Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User
> http://www.microsoft.com/mvp
> http://www.mvps.org
>
> Folder customizations
> http://newdelhi.sancharnet.in/minku
>
> Protect your PC!
> http://www.microsoft.com/protect
>
>
> "Ian Henderson" <ianhendersonis@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:cqmo3f$85t$1@sparta.btinternet.com...
>>I have a laptop, installed with XP Professional 2002 SP2. When I'm at
>>home,
>> it's connected to my home network (Windows 2000).
>>
>> I am a computer programmer by trade, and frequently do work at home,
>> rather
>> than stay late at the office. Also, I am a keen amateur genealogist, and
>> I
>> want to be able to set up my offline files so that my genealogy research
>> files (which live on my server) are automatically synchronised between
>> the
>> server and the laptop at log on/off time. The problem is, I only seem to
>> be
>> able to select my entire home folder, which I don't want, since there are
>> a
>> lot of files in there that would take an age to sync.
>>
>> I suppose I really have two questions:
>>
>> 1. Is it possible to set up the offline files synchronisation so that it
>> doesn't attempt to synchronise my entire home folder, and it's
>> sub-folders?
>> 2. Is it then possible to select individual folders within my home
>> folder
>> for individual synchronisation?
>>
>> I hope someone can help me with this.
>>
>> TIA
>>
>>
>>
>> Ian Henderson
>>
>>
>>
>
>
!