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iFolder 3 & existing locations

We have used iFolder 2 for a long time, and have recently upgraded to
iFolder 3. We have a couple of users who used iFolder 2 to sync the
Windows desktop on their laptop with the machine at their desk. When
they worked at their desk they would maintain their files in folders on
the desktop, as well as keeping active files directly on the desktop.

When they took their laptop on the road, they would sync up first and
have all their files right on the desktop as they did on their work
machine. When they returned to the office, the changed files would
automatically sync to the desktop of their office machine. The other
good news about this is their files are also backed up to the server,
and are accessible through iFolder web access from other machines, as well.

I'm having problems doing this with iFolder 3, because it will not allow
an existing location to be the target of an ifolder already on the
server. Obviously, the Desktop folder exists on both machines.

What I want to do is sync the contents of a folder that already exists
on 2 machines with the same name. This worked fine with ifolder 2. I
really like some of the new features of ifolder 3 and don't want to go
back to iFolder 2.

Any suggestions?

-- Geoff
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Re: iFolder 3 & existing locations

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Re: iFolder 3 & existing locations

Let me rephrase the question:

A user uses 2 computers a workstation at the office and a laptop on the
road. They use the Windows Desktop to manage their folders and files. On
the office machine they want to make the following folder an iFolder:

c:\Documents and Settings\username\Desktop

This works great, and all the data is synchronized perfectly.

Now, on the laptop they want the desktop to be synchronized with the
iFolder created from Computer A. They want the same folder path above to
be the destination of the iFolder on the server. This generates an error
because the path already exists on the laptop. That destination cannot
simply be deleted, because it's the Windows Desktop.

Can any manual steps be taken make the laptop's Windows Desktop folder
the destination of the iFolder created from the office machine?

Thanks,

-- Geoff

Geoff K. wrote:
> We have used iFolder 2 for a long time, and have recently upgraded to
> iFolder 3. We have a couple of users who used iFolder 2 to sync the
> Windows desktop on their laptop with the machine at their desk. When
> they worked at their desk they would maintain their files in folders on
> the desktop, as well as keeping active files directly on the desktop.
>
> When they took their laptop on the road, they would sync up first and
> have all their files right on the desktop as they did on their work
> machine. When they returned to the office, the changed files would
> automatically sync to the desktop of their office machine. The other
> good news about this is their files are also backed up to the server,
> and are accessible through iFolder web access from other machines, as well.
>
> I'm having problems doing this with iFolder 3, because it will not allow
> an existing location to be the target of an ifolder already on the
> server. Obviously, the Desktop folder exists on both machines.
>
> What I want to do is sync the contents of a folder that already exists
> on 2 machines with the same name. This worked fine with ifolder 2. I
> really like some of the new features of ifolder 3 and don't want to go
> back to iFolder 2.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> -- Geoff

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Re: iFolder 3 & existing locations

Hmmm... can you log in as the local Administrator, rename the real
user's Desktop directory to something else, setup the iFolder using the
real users's iFolder account (it's not related to the logged in Windows
account), then login as the real user then use and sync the
iFolder/Desktop?

Something about this sounds very dangerous to me, and honestly I don't
recommend it, but if you try it anyway, please post your results.

bd
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Re: iFolder 3 & existing locations

Thanks for the feedback. I thought of this on Tuesday, and I tried this
last night. I did the following:
* Logged in as administrator on the laptop
* Renamed the Desktop folder for the user
* While still logged as Administrator then logged in to iFolder as user
* Sync-ed to the docs & settings\user location

This seemed to work fine, and when I logged in as the user the Windows
Desktop was fine and had all the files from the office machine. However,
the iFolder still shows as "not set up" and would not sync while the
user was logged in. The only way to sync is to log off & log back in as
Administrator. There the iFolder shows as set up and automatically syncs
properly.

This is certainly a step forward, but it's not a solution. I shared the
concern you voiced below, and it seems the initial step worked. However,
the active sync is still not working. Very puzzling.

Any next steps? I'm stumped.

Brad Doster wrote:
> Hmmm... can you log in as the local Administrator, rename the real
> user's Desktop directory to something else, setup the iFolder using the
> real users's iFolder account (it's not related to the logged in Windows
> account), then login as the real user then use and sync the
> iFolder/Desktop?
>
> Something about this sounds very dangerous to me, and honestly I don't
> recommend it, but if you try it anyway, please post your results.
>
> bd
> NSC Volunteer SysOp
>
>

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Re: iFolder 3 & existing locations

In article <tnvci.2859$%54.1328@prv-forum2.provo.novell.com>, Geoff K.
wrote:
> Any next steps? I'm stumped.
>

2 things come to mind that you might want to look at... permissions to
the original Desktop directory vs. the new one you created, and
registry settings -- maybe there's something in the registry for the
Administrator user account that can be copied to the user's account
which would make the iFolder app believe the iFolder is setup for the
user.

And again, a caveat... "Don't try this at home, kids." 🙂

bd
NSC Volunteer SysOp


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