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    Media Files Synchronization

    Alright, so I've been in the stages of writing file sync. software with my front end (lots of delays as I'm working full time and finishing up my degree.)

    At work, however, I was setting up a clients two laptops to use Windows File Sync. Basically she had baught a new GIANT dell laptop and it was too big for her to carry around, but she liked the size of the screen and decided to buy a smaller more mobile laptop for her road trips and use the larger laptop for her "Home" computer.

    We recommended that her outlook on both machines be "Global" meaning when she recieves new e-mail when she's on the road that her road machine updates her home machine with the new contact.

    After some research and very easy tweaking with gpedit.msc I created a shared folder that had her outlook.psd (with archive.psd) from her home machine. I set up her away machine to "Offline browse" the shared folder. From here, if you tried to sync. the machine's the .psd file is typically not allowed to transfer... But with some research I got everything include .exe's (to transfer)

    I did this work 2 weeks ago and while hammered New Year's eve, go bless beer, it hit me! Why the hell should I write custom software to transfer files across a network to sync my car machine with my home machine when I can just use the same technique I did with my clients machine, DUH !

    Basically here is what you do... Create a Shared network between your car machine and home machine... make sure they both show up on your network. Now on your home machine create a Shared folder. On your car machine select the folder and right clickj to properties then click (View offline)

    Now use these next directions:

    go into GPedit.MSC
    ->Admin. Templates -> Network -> Offline Files -> Click on "Files Not Chached". From here enable this service in the text box type: *.xxx (the * has to be included beleive it or not)


    Your going to have to reboot the machine, and you can change more settings in the offline files policy properties... but basically.. your shared folder on your home machine will automatically sync. with your car machine when ever your car machine connects to the home network. So you can then point your Car Front end to the Offline Shared folder, and your music will be sync.'d

    So what do you guys think ? Someone else try this... nLited user's might have to re-build thier OS ( I did, because I had file sync. turned off)
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    People have had trouble with delays and other problems with
    offline files. I haven't played around with it enough to see if it
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    Hmm, I wonder what the delays were.. I wonder if the problems were because they never used GPedit.msc and changed the file chacheing ... I'd be curious to know exactly what the problems were...

    Thanks for the response tho.
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    Gpedit?? how or where do i get to this? I need to try this out....as i dont have any syncing happening right now.

    -J
    Vehicle: 2003 Mistubishi Evolution
    PC Specs: 1gHz Nehemiah M10000
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    80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache HDD
    UI: MediaEngine 2.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by supralightning
    Gpedit?? how or where do i get to this? I need to try this out....as i dont have any syncing happening right now.

    -J

    Ahh your in luck my friend because today Gpedit.msc is free ! Go to: Start-Run-> and type GPEDIT.MSC, then click 'Run' This should open a window called: Group Policy Administration, here is where you can follow my instructions.
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    512MB RAM
    OEM GPS (embedded)
    nLite WinXP pro on
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    Carnetix 1260 startup/ DC-DC regulator
    Software: Still, re-Writing my existing front end in .Net

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    I thought thats what it was...but i asked because it doesn't work on one of my computers LOL...weird...thats the comp the needs the sync folder tho too...so what if it doesnt work..?

    -J
    Vehicle: 2003 Mistubishi Evolution
    PC Specs: 1gHz Nehemiah M10000
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    80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache HDD
    UI: MediaEngine 2.1

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    GPEDIT.MSC is only available in windows 2g and Windows XP
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    512MB RAM
    OEM GPS (embedded)
    nLite WinXP pro on
    1GB Extreme III CF card
    Carnetix 1260 startup/ DC-DC regulator
    Software: Still, re-Writing my existing front end in .Net

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    XP Home have it? Becuase my XP Pro machine loads it fine, but my Xp Home Machine can't find it... ideas?
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    Answered my own question...

    "GPEDIT.MSC (Group Policy Editor) isn't available on XP Home Edition, partly because XP Home cannot join a domain by design."

    It says the solution for this in xp home is to edit the registry directly (since thats what gpedit is doing anyhow). Where in the registry would this part you are chaing be located??? You have any idea? Can the syncing work without this change? Am i just screwed LOL? Thanks for all your attention to this matter.


    EDIT: I just kinda saw something in your original post....this gpedit tweak, does that happen on the home comp or the car comp? Thanks (Praying for car, and it kinda makes sense it would be)

    -J
    Vehicle: 2003 Mistubishi Evolution
    PC Specs: 1gHz Nehemiah M10000
    512mb RAM
    Windows XP Professional
    80gb 7200rpm 8mb cache HDD
    UI: MediaEngine 2.1

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    IntellaWorks,

    This is OT, but if your client's on exchange 2003 and outlook 2003, you should look into the cached exchange feature and running RCP over HTTP. It allows your email clients to mirror each other transparently and its fast...

    For me, this makes running the outlook thick client at home exactly the same as at work AND on my laptop. All you need is an internet connection and the above criteria.

    Best of all, it syncs EVERYTHING, contacts, global address books, e-mail, attachments, calender, everything a person uses in outlook =)

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