Sharing Your Data
Working Ofﬂine and Syncing
Whenever your computer is not connected to the local area network (LAN), you are
considered to be working offline. When you are working offline, you can access only
network folders that are cached on your computer for offline use. When you recon-
nect to the network, Windows Vista automatically will synchronize any changes you’ve
made to the files while offline. Sometimes there may be conflicts between changes
you’ve made to files and changes other people have made to files. You can manage
conflicts and the synchronization process in the Sync Center, shown in Figure 11-22.
In the Sync Center, you’ll see a sync partnership for every shared folder that has
locally cached contents. You can work with the Sync Center by following these steps:
1. Click Start
➝ Control Panel. In the Control Panel, click Network and Internet.
2. On the Network and Internet page, click Sync Center.
3. In the Sync Center, currently defined sync partnerships are listed according to
name, status, progress, conflict count, error count, and category. You can now
manage syncing using the following techniques:
• To manually sync all offline files and folders, click Sync All. Sync All is avail-
able only when no individual sync partnerships are selected.
• To manually sync a specific network share, click the sync partnership that
you want to work with and then click Sync.
• To check for errors, click “View sync results” under Tasks. You can use the
sync details to determine when syncing was started, stopped, or com-
pleted, and to determine whether there are problems with the synchroniza-
Figure 11-22. Checking the sync status