I have a problem with a windows XP machine that is connecting to a
Small Biz Server 2000 (w/ SBS SP1). My XP machine keeps bringing up
a dialog box about Synchronizing. Somehow the Offline folders got
turned on for My P drive and even though it is empty, it keeps
checking it to see if it needs to sync.
My P drive is actually a share on the server. I have my My Documents
folder mapped to P:. So My documents is effectively a share on the
Everytime I put anything into it, even a new document, it gets that
little logo (2 blue arrows in a circle that are pointing at each
other, like the symbol for recycling) that means that it thinks it
needs to make this available offline. When I look at the P share
under My Computer, the whole share has that symbol on it.
When I right click on it and try to uncheck the Make Available
Offline, it wont let me. It is grayed out. It is checked, but
still grayed out.
When I copy a document into it, even a new document, it gets that
little logo on the documents icon. When I right click on the
document, and try to uncheck the Make Available Offline, I cant
because it also is grayed out.
I want to get my P drive (my share) back to normal.
I tried wiping out the share, and making a new one. That didnt work.
I rebooted the server and the XP machine several times each, and that
I disconnected the P map, created a new folder on the server, shared
that folder, and remapped P to the new folder, and that worked (until
I rebooted the machine, then it went back to the recycle logo).
I tried making another share, mapping the new share to the letter I,
and then rebooting. This worked until I remapped my My Documents
folder to it. Then it would get the logo again (after the first
reboot). I tried changing the drive letter, but whatever letter I
assign my My Documents folder to it goes the logo.
I have had to disable my offline folders entirely, which is a problem
because there actually a small folder that I want to have synced. I
want to put that small folder in the P drive, among plenty of
I am trying to figure out why this is happening and how to prevent it
in the future. I am using a roaming profile. Could my roaming
profile have gotten some kind of corruption?
I spent a lot of time creating this profile, and getting it just
right. When I add new users tomorrow, I plan to duplicate this
profile to avoid doing those many hours of work again. My testing is
showing that the problem gets duplicated also. I really need to solve
this mystery so future profiles are problem free.