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All posts tagged "windows live sync"


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Windows Live Sync/Foldershare Service Ending March 31st, 2011

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

http://mesh.live.com

"You're receiving this message because you installed Windows Live Sync (previously known as FolderShare) for Windows or Mac. On March 31, 2011, Windows Live Sync will stop working. After March 31, this program will no longer sync your files between your computers and you won't be able to access your files remotely from sync.live.com. Please read below for actions we recommend you take. With the new release of Windows Live services, we've made a series of changes and improvements across the products. We realize they will have an impact on you and we want to make that as easy as possible for you. We thank you for your continued support of Windows Live."

Like it or not, using the above-mentioned products is going to be impossible by March 2011. It's nice that the team is leaving the service in place that long; my hope is that by the time March 2011 rolls around, there will be another update for Live Mesh that will make it pain-free to use. The final release was better than the beta in terms of performance, but not by much - I still routinely get Windows Defender start failures on a reboot, and if I stop Live Mesh from starting at reboot I get no such errors. Large libraries can grind even a powerful system to a halt for hours - or days - and on the flip side, even relatively small updates (100 files, 500 MB) can take hours.

Is anyone aware of a similar sync program? The catch I've seen is that many of them - SugarSync, Dropbox - place things in the cloud as well as local PCs. All I want is the data on my PCs, not in the cloud. I want to push around 77 GB worth of data, but I don't want any of it in the cloud. Ideas?


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Windows Live Essentials 2011 Now Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:39 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_...wnload-now.aspx

"We are pleased to announce that Windows Live Essentials 2011 for Windows 7 and Windows Vista is now available for download! (Releasing in 48 languages over the next few hours, so if your language is not yet available, it will be very soon.) Windows Live Essentials 2011 was designed and built to connect your PC to the services you use every day. We're also announcing today that Dell will be the first global PC manufacturer to ship PCs with Windows Live Essentials 2011 and Windows 7 pre-installed, just in time for your holiday purchases. Many other PC manufacturers are also planning to make Windows Live Essentials 2011 available and we'll continue to keep you updated as they start releasing."

I can't find a list of exactly what's new compared to the beta - one presumes it wasn't just bug-fixing - but, regardless, the 2011 suite of Live products is ready for download. It's a bit too early for me to tell if they've fixed some of the really ugly and really frustrating problems with Live Sync Mesh. After installing the new Sync Mesh client on all my computers, I've watched as it tells me it needs to re-sync tens of thousands of files (in my case, well over 40K files) - but in reality, it's simply re-indexing them all across my machines.

Unfortunately, some serious performance hits come with this re-indexing - my machines are noticeably sluggish while this process is under way, and it's a process that can take hours and hours to complete if you have a large library. The performance hits of the beta seem to be a little less painful; while I saw the MOE.exe process use up to 61 MB/s of hard drive throughput at one point, it has settled down to the 3 MB/s to 18 MB/s range and rarely goes above 20% CPU usage. This is better than it was, but it still makes my PCs feel like they're under-clocked to 400 Mhz. Once this ugly re-sync process is completed, I'll get a better feeling for how well the new Sync Mesh client works.

UPDATE: It's been a few hours since I installed the software, and the Live Sync re-indexing is just brutal...I'm actually going to shot a video about it just to demonstrate how ugly the performance hit is. I'm extremely disappointed in the quality of the Live Mesh product and will be looking for an alternative solution. I'll do a different post about that...

UPDATE #2: I've managed to get Live Mesh working properly, but it took a long time and a bit of effort. After installing the final 2011 software, I let my machines sync for over 24 hours...and they still weren't finished! It's like the software was caught in a death spiral because the libraries were so large (about 40,000 files in total). I disabled all of the libraries except for one, and once I did that, it started to respond normally. Once that library was finished, I enabled the next one, waited for it to update, then went on to the next library. While this was happening, my systems were practically useless due to the system load that Live Mesh places upon it. Now when Live Mesh is running a sync, I can definitely see my system slowing down, but unless I'm synching a huge number of files, the process is finished fairly quickly. I'll be sticking with Live Mesh for now, but I'll be keeping my eyes open for alternatives because Live Mesh leaves much to be desired...


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Windows Live Sync to be Re-Named Windows Live Mesh? Seriously?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 12:00 PM

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows_..._medium=twitter

From the very first day I discovered FolderShare, created by Byte Taxi and later purchased by Microsoft and re-named Live Sync, it's been a transformational technology for me - literally changing the way I'm able to work on multiple devices. Over the years, Live Sync has been ignored, improved, then ignored again - a clear sign that the leadership at Microsoft didn't know what to do with it. And the obvious overlap with Live Mesh didn't help its cause. Things seemed to be getting better about a year ago when Live Sync really started to get some effort put into it, but took a drastic turn for the worse when the Live Sync beta came out in June.

FolderShare was truly dead; the lightweight, super-fast client was replaced by the heavy and slow Live Mesh client. Worse, the performance issues - specifically, the hard drive access load - virtually lock up several of my computers when a sync is happening (and were talking about a Core i7 system with 6 GB of RAM in one instance). It wasn't all bad news though - the 20,000 file library limit was raised to 100,000, so I was finally able to re-unite my photo collection. All in all though, I've been very disappointed in the performance of the new Live Sync client. Read more...


Friday, October 23, 2009

New Windows Live Sync Update a Disaster on Windows 7 Computers

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 10:00 AM

Yesterday morning, Microsoft's Live Sync service wasn't working for me. It has its glitches here and there, so I waited and assumed it would start working again. Hours passed, and it still wasn't connecting. That's not normal, so I checked the Sync Web site. Nothing posted there. I posted in the newsgroup, and discovered it was planned maintenance - evidently the Live Sync team expects people to check their updated-a-few-times-a-year blog regularly for announcements. Why they wouldn't have pushed out a message via the client is beyond me - they have the capability to do so, yet they don't use it when they should.

I upgraded Live Sync on five of my computers today, and the install went smooth. I noticed that after installing the client it still doesn't auto-run itself - which is silly and would confuse most users - so I ran the client, re-entered my username/password, then watched what happened. Nothing happened. Read more...


Monday, December 29, 2008

Dealing With The New Windows Live Sync Quirks

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

FolderShare has gone away, and it's been replaced by Windows Live Sync. For the most part, this has been a marked improvement. The product is finally out of beta, and performance is good - I'm seeing my files and folders kick off a sync faster, and complete faster, than with FolderShare. And because most users were stuck at the 10,000 files per library level, the new limit of 20,000 files per library allows them to do much more with Windows Live Sync than they could ever do before.

However...Windows Live Sync is causing me some significant frustrations. The first frustration, and by far the worst of the two, is the fact that I'm capped at 20,000 files per library. Way back when FolderShare was owned by ByteTaxi, I was happily paying $60 USD per year for a professional level account - and that account allowed for 20,000 files per library, and perhaps a bit more, because up until just recently I was able to keep my Pictures folder in sync across all my computers - and that folder has about 22,000 photos in it. Suddenly that became a big problem. Read more...


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