The Storage Team Blog about file services and storage features in Windows Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
We’ve seen numerous questions lately regarding the use of Offline Files against a NAS device. Customers report that Windows XP clients work fine against a particular NAS device but Windows Vista clients do not. The reason for this difference is that Offline Files in Windows Vista relies on file system behaviors that the XP implementation did not utilize, so if those features are not correctly implemented by the server, Vista can encounter problems.
Many NAS devices use Samba to provide Windows file sharing functionality, so the Samba configuration requirements below also apply to them.
The Offline Files team has provided the following tips for enabling Offline Files against a Samba / NAS device:
The Offline Files team has provided the following tips for enabling Offline Files against an EMC server:
Reminder File-level based storage on non-Windows devices is not supported by Microsoft. Only devices that have been qualified by the Windows Hardware Qualification Laboratory under the Server category are supported by Microsoft for file-based storage. While Microsoft can enable this deployment, the support is assumed 100% by the hardware device vendor in the case of non-Windows devices
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