Win 10 – VPN – Offline Folders

What a nice tools, these offline folders are. Synching some network folders locally to the laptop, so they are available, while I’m offline.
The fun starts the moment when I try to synchronize them from outside.
Getting the offline folders back online (see link ) seems not that easy: Fiddling with GPOs and registry keys might not help.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Make a folder available offline from a shared drive, wait until it finished synchronization without errors
  2. disconnect from your corporate network, switch to some public WLAN or other outside network
  3. connect to your corporate network through vpn

The result is that you’re connected to your corporate network, but can’t access other folders on the same drive as your offline folder.
There’s no “Work online” button.


Patience. It may take up to 5 minutes until windows knows it has a connection to the corporate network and puts the folders back online.

IBM Connections – Deleted Folders workaround

Deleted folders don’t go to the trash in Connections 5 and 5.5. Getting them back from the db backup can take some time. If you just need to know which files have been in a particular folder to recreate it, it’s a lot of work.

To make it a bit easier I’ve created this little sql command

connect to files@

export to folderInfo.csv of DEL Modified by NOCHARDEL select folders.title as foldername,media.title as filename, folders.external_container_id as community_uuid, hex(me as fileID ,hex( as folderid from as media right outer join (select folder.ID,folder.TITLE,folder.external_container_id,folder.Label, map.media_id from files.collection as folder inner join files.collection_to_media as map on folder.ID=map.collection_id) as folders on order by folders.title@

Now if someone accidentially deleted the folder instead of the file in the folder I just have to search the csv files instead of the doing a complete db restore.