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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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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-
tion configuration.
Figure 11-22. Checking the sync status
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Synchronization conflicts can occur if you make changes to a file offline that is
updated online by someone else. You can view and resolve synchronization conflicts
by following these steps:
1. In the Sync Center, click “View sync conflicts” under Tasks.
2. Any existing conflicts are listed in the main pane. Double-click a conflict you
want to resolve.
3. You can now:
Click the version you want to keep. To keep the local version and overwrite
the network version, click the version listed as On This Computer. To keep
the network version and overwrite the local version, click the version listed
as being on the shared network location.
Click Keep Both Versions to write the local version to the shared network
location with a new filename. The new filename will be the same as the old
filename, but with a numeric suffix, indicating the version increment.
Devices you’ve used with Windows Media Player can have sync partnerships with
your computer as well. You can view and manage these sync partnerships by com-
pleting the following steps:
1. Connect the device to your computer.
2. In the Sync Center, click “Set up new sync partnerships” under Tasks. As
Figure 11-23 shows, you’ll see a list of devices with sync partnerships.
3. When you right-click the device and then select Set Up, Windows Vista opens
Windows Media Player with the device selected and displays the device’s Win-
dows Media Player – Device Setup dialog box.
4. Complete the setup of the device, as discussed in the “Syncing Your Media to
MP3 Players and Other Devices” section in Chapter 8.
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Figure 11-23. Viewing sync partnerships

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