Jonathan Hardwick has an excellent post on Offline Files support in Windows XP.
I posted some of my annoyances on his post, but today I found something that makes offline files so much more tolerable. My main complaints with Offline files are:
Don't get me wrong. I rely on this functionality to keep my data available on all my PCees. Today I found a great way to do a sync.
Enable the folder you want to sync and logoff. Now when you want to sync you just go to Start->Run and then mobsync /logoff. This will do a full sync and then put you in online mode.