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W. Curtis Preston Published: 16 Oct 2012

Backup your own If you use Windows 2000 or XP, familiarize yourself with Offline Files. This feature -- introduced in Windows 2000 - provides a centralized backup of several users' desktops or laptops to one desktop. Suppose you have a laptop, and you want to back up of all of your documents to the desktop. You must first colocate your documents and copy them to a directory on the desktop. Then create a Windows share of that directory back to the laptop. It makes things easier if you assign a drive letter to it. On the laptop, right click on the network share and select "Make Available Offline." Click OK, and Windows makes a local copy of all documents in that network share. You're now free to work on these documents on your desktop or laptop. By default, changes on either machine will be synchronized when you log off of your laptop. You can change these preferences to synchronize on a regular basis, or to synchronize when you log on to your laptop. You can also force synchronization at any time. If there's ever a conflict with a file that has been changed ... Access >>>

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