Configuring offline file synchronization
When offline files are enabled, other settings also need to be
configured to enable the files to synchronize. Because a number of
services are available that Windows 8 can synchronize with, the
settings have been placed in Control Panel under a Sync Options
heading. Selecting this option displays all the items the computer can
currently synchronize with. If nothing has been configured to
synchronize, no items are displayed. Figure 4 displays the Sync Center in Windows 8.
Figure 4. Managing the services or files that synchronize with a computer
Because offline files require the synchronization of items between the network and the local computer, they are also managed in Sync
Center. Selecting Manage Offline Files from the navigation pane on the
left side of the Sync Center displays the Offline Files dialog box
shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5. Configuring Offline Files
The Offline Files dialog box has the following tabs and features available for configuration:
All Offline Files Shows the amount of disk space being consumed by files available offline
Temporary Files Shows the amount of disk space used by temporary files
Change Limits Opens the Offline Files Disk Usage Limits dialog box, which enables disk space for offline files and temporary files to be controlled
Delete Temporary Files Removes temporary files from the computer
These settings allow the files that will be available offline to be selected and managed on the remote computer. Policy
settings described earlier might disable or control some of these
settings when the two groups of settings are used together.
Configuring policy settings for device power
As more devices become portable or mobile
and can support an operating system such as Windows 8, the amount of
configuration for Windows available through policy will likely grow as
new features become available. In Windows 8, a number of power
management settings are available to help centrally manage the actions
taken with regard to power. One useful feature can ensure that Windows
restarts when certain actions are taken; for example, when the user
accounts within a certain organizational unit log off. If the computer
used by one of these employees is not restarted very often and some
updates require a restart, this can ensure that the computer receives
updates during restart.
The configurable policy options for power management include the following:
To configure power management policy objects, complete the following steps:
Launch the Local Group Policy Editor by searching for gpedit.msc on the Start screen or typing gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box (Windows logo key+R).
Expand the Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Power Management path.
Double-tap or double-click the policy object you want to work with.
Configure other options, if available, as needed for your organization.
Document the changes within the object’s comments dialog box.
Tap or click OK to save the changes for the setting.