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Removing offline files sync partnership

Removing a offline files sync partnership is not as straight forward as it should be. However there seems to be a way to remove them none the less.

  • Disable offline files in the Sync Center

  • Reboot
  • Go to C:\Windows\CSC\v2.0.6\ and take ownership of the folder
    • right click the CSC folder, chick properties.
    • click security
    • advanced
    • owner
    • edit
    • select or add your username to the list
    • put a check mark in “Replace owner on …”
    • OK
  • Delete the server folder that you want to remove from the partnership
  • Reboot
  • Restore permissions on the C:\Windows\CSC\v2.0.6\ folder
    • Go to the permission tab and make sure the checkbox -include “inheritable permissions from this object’s parent”-
      is checked. Then reboot and verify the permissions are correct.

Offline files should now work again and the sync partnership should now be removed completely.

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Posted by Mischa Oudhof

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  1. So how do you deploy that to several hundreds of windows 7 workstations?

  2. I don’t think this is user or admin-friendly at all, of i change a policy i expect the old partnerships to be removed as well. Maybe i should look at alternatives to offline files.

    • I completely agree on the user friendly part. Microsoft should definately work on this! On the other hand it’s not easy to find good alternatives that work with group policies. If you find any lemme know!

  3. Thanks for this informative writeup, as the Sync icon in the System Tray was bugging the hell out of me after turning it on to try something out. Only question I have is, what should the permissions be for the v2.0.6 folder? It was not originally set to inherit its’ parent’s permissions was it? Before going through this guide I had to take over the folder to access it, but now I can access the folder despite inheriting permissions.

    • It was set to inherit its parents permissions as you can read in the article. If you don’t reset the permissions Offline files will probably not work.

      You can still access it because you’re still set as the owner. Normaly the CSC folder doesn’t have an owner, however you can’t set an empty owner, so Administrator should do the job. You could also set it to System which will also prevent you from accessing the folder.

  4. Ahh, gotcha. Thanks again!

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