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Windows 7: Windows Live Mesh - fully thought through?

23 Oct 2010   #1
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 
Windows Live Mesh - fully thought through?

I have a folder on my computer titled "Work" containing all projects which I've considered work including a folder for the PhD I've just started. I'd like the Work folder to be synched between my laptop and my desktop and I'd like the PhD folder within the Work folder to be synched between my laptop and my desktop and the Microsoft Mesh Skydrive so I can access it on Windows XP (i.e. at my place of work). The Work folder is over 5 GB and therefore cannot be synched with the Skydrive although it can be synched between my desktop and laptop. My PhD folder is small enough that it can be synched between all three. However Windows Live Mesh will not allow me to synch a folder that contains a folder which is already synched. Will they fix this?


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23 Oct 2010   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

You must likely won't find any way to sync sub folders with the Live Mesh. With SkyDrive you have to create single folders in the WLM account with the single LM folder on the desktop for dragging individual files no larger then 50mb in size. Those are then uploaded to the SkyDrive folder you have synced.

This works about the same for another 3rd party software the Gladinet CloudDesktop where you see a single folder for doing the same when browsing with Windows Explorer. You simply open that up and drag files into that to see the same. GLADINET - Download Gladinet Cloud Suite

Likely one of the best descriptions for the Live Mesh itself is detailed in the TechNet Magazine. Utility Spotlight Microsoft Live Mesh
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23 Oct 2010   #3
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

Do you agree that it's a shortcoming? Is it possible for MS to fix it? Is it possible to make such requests? Would you expect them to care?
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24 Oct 2010   #4
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

It was never intended to be any type of large capacity storage medium but a convenience for the occassional file sharing with personal contacts like other family members or syncing things for home and work or home and school through the Windows Live Hotmail.

For what you are looking for there for the increased capacity you would need to look into premium online mail and storage accounts for the monthly fee of course. One idea that tends to work that as well as for SkyDrive in general is creating folders with the same names as the sub folders you use in the SkyDrive section and use a common folder for the Live Mesh.

Another option for SkyDrive especially when you have a contact or famility member to share files with or simply wanting online storage would be the live group option for this. Regardless of which version you were booted in you simply log into that to either upload, edit, and download even while at a different machine. The maximum space for that however is 5gb which isn't too bad for free online storage.
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24 Oct 2010   #5
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

Well, the solution that I'm suggesting is not to increase the capacity of Skydrive; my solution is to allow particular folders to be excluded from a sync, so that it can sync with Skydrive while the folder which contains it can sync between computers, without Skydrive. You know what I mean? Increasing the Skydrive capacity would be a work-around for some people, but wouldn't address the issue that I'm getting at.
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24 Oct 2010   #6
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

It wasn't the 5gb capacity since that is larger in some cases then seen with other free providers in that sense for storing things online. The problem there you are going to continue to run into on the other hand is trying to isolate any sub folder when the root folder is synced that is then tied into SkyDrive as well as all contents.

What the Live Mesh does is mount the specific folder in order to synce that with your WL account's SD. It's quite similar to running a VM in one way since you are bringing the SD right onto your hard drive. The same can be in similar way with mounting a folder you have on a storage drive in order to that appear on the C drive where you simply drag file onto the folder's icon while they are being copied to the other drive.

With the Live Mesh the second drive is online there however. The main folder becomes the virtual online drive. Anything inside the folder is automatically part of the sync.

You need to have that particular or any other folder you don't want involved moved or duplicated on the outside of any folder used by the LM. I haven't found anything since first having tried the Gladinet CloudDesktop app or for the Live Mesh that would isolate something once placed inside the virtual folder without some form of security lock anyways like being encrypted where it couldn't be opened remotely by any means.
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31 Oct 2010   #7
paul1149

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1
 
 

Mesh would be pretty good for me, except for the 50Mb file size limitation. That makes it totally useless for cloud storage.
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31 Oct 2010   #8
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That's a limitation seen on the size of files when going to upload them while the total is about 3gb of free storage for your photos, Movie Maker clips, and other files about the max size you would see with any attachment to an email. It's comparitiable to other free mail accounts in that sense.

The Live Mesh part is much on the same idea as seen with the Gladinet program but syncs through WLive rather then just any email client to a Live account for the SkyDrive part. You still see a local folder on the drive you drag files into for immediate upload. The intent is convenience rather then the need to go to the WLM account and open up a SkyDrive folder online and then drag files over to the web page from a WE window to click the add button.
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07 Nov 2010   #9
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

I can connect to my drive at work via a shortcut I created to my networked drive (I can do this from my laptop at work or from home by using VPN). Is it possible, thus, to use Live Mesh or some other program to synchronise the files to this networked drive when available? Windows Live Mesh only seems to synchronise with "devices" and it might not be possible to sync to two places via the same device...
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07 Nov 2010   #10
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

For getting files moved onto a VM last year where I had one of the 7 RCs installed at the time I used the Gladinet CloudDesktop which saw a folder at the root of C as well as the VM's C drive. I uploaded by dragging files into the mounted folder and watched as the upload took place. Later by going to the SkyDrive folder while the VM was running I could download directly to the VHD.

That's probably one of the closest to what you are looking to see there. You would add that along with the use of the Live Mesh as a second program to take up the slack of what the LM is unable to do by itself. The Gladinet program would be the first alternative to try in order to find out if that will work. That sees a free Starter edition in both 32bit and 64bit flavors. GLADINET - Download Gladinet Cloud Suite

VM ware and others also see similar ideas. One place that blogs a lot on Desktop Cloud is seen at ElasticVapor :: Life in the Cloud

Other then that you then start to go into the 3rd party managed cloud services. That won't be free there!
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