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How clients can log on locally when a network fails

In case of network failure, I want to find a way to allow client computers to logon locally and access files as they do when they are logged on to the domain (access the same local profile). How can I do this?
This sounds like the same thing as the Make Available Offline feature in Windows 2000 and higher. If you have a mapped drive, you can right-click on it in Explorer and select the "Make Available Offline" feature. This will start the wizard that controls offline synchronization of networked files. If you want to block specific users from doing this, you can implement a policy to do: it's the "Disable 'Make Available Offine'" option is in Group Policy in the Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Offline Files section of GPEDIT.MSC. (If you can't use Make Available Offline for some reason, make sure this is turned off first.)
This was first published in January 2005

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