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When you log on to your network from a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer, the files in Offline Files disappear.
This problem may occur if you try to connect to your network over a remote access or a virtual private network (VPN) connection, and all the following conditions are true:
You use Group Policy to redirect folders from your computer to a share on your domain controller.
You use Group Policy to make the redirected folders Offline Files.
You synchronized your Offline Files while you were connected to your local area network (LAN).
You have an offline-enabled connection to the server share where your folders have been redirected, and all Offline Files have been cached for offline use.
This problem occurs because Windows 2000 does not detect a network connection when you connect to your network over a remote access or a VPN connection. Your connection status remains offline. When Group Policy updates, Windows 2000 receives the policy over a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) connection. However, Windows 2000 cannot access the Group Policy template for Offline Files over a Server Message Block (SMB) connection because the session to the domain controller is marked offline. Therefore, Group Policy does not update correctly, and Windows 2000 deletes the cached offline files.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.
If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.
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Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
You must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.