Configuring Shared Folders for Offline Files

When making files available for offline use, remember that the shared folder hosting these files must support the offline files feature. You can configure a shared folder on a computer running Windows 7 to support offline files by performing the following steps:

  1. Edit the properties of the folder that you want to configure to support offline files.
  2. On the Sharing tab, click Advanced Sharing.
  3. In the Advanced Sharing dialog box, click Caching. This brings up the Offline Settings dialog box as shown below:

You can select one of the following offline availability options for each shared folder:

Only the files and programs that users specify are available offline. This is the default option when you set up a shared folder. By using this option, no files or programs are available offline by default, and users control which files and programs they want to access when they are not connected to the network.

No files or programs from the share are available offline. This option blocks Offline Files on the client computers from making copies of the files and programs on the shared folder.

All files and programs that users open from the share are automatically available offline. Whenever a user accesses the shared folder or volume and opens a file or program in it, that file or program will be automatically made available offline to that user. Files and programs that are automatically made available offline will remain in the Offline Files cache and synchronize with the version on the server until the cache is full or the user deletes the files. Files and programs that are not opened are not available offline.

If you select the Optimized for performance check box, executable files (EXE, DLL) that are run from the shared folder by a client computer are automatically cached on that client computer. The next time the client computer runs the executable files, it will access its local cache instead of the shared folder on the server.

For more information about Offline Files go here.