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Are there types of files or folders that I cannot share or synchronize?

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  •  You cannot synchronize or share the following with Live Mesh:
     
    • Files containing obscene or copyrighted material. Copying or sharing unauthorized materials, including materials that you did not create or you do not have the rights necessary for use, is a violation of the Windows Live terms of use. See the Microsoft Copyright Notice and FAQ.
    • Files whose names begin with a tilde (~)
    • desktop.ini
    • thumbs.db
    • Hidden files
    • Windows Systems folders
    • Your Desktop directory folder (for example, C:\users\[myusername]\Desktop on Windows Vista or C:\Documents and Settings\[myusername]\Desktop on Windows XP)
    • Files and folders stored on removable media (such as an external hard drive, flash drive, or USB drive)
    • Files and folders stored on mapped network drives


    Live Mesh also blocks files that have the following file extensions:

    • .bak
    • .gfs
    • .lnk
    • .mbf
    • .mny
    • .mpc
    • .pst
    • .sav
    • .tmp
    • .wlx
    • .laccdb
    Tuesday, November 18, 2008 4:35 PM

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  • Hi Ben -

    would it be possible to get the official Mac list as well? We've heard of Library and possibly Applications but are there any other ones? This post and the one on help.live.com only focus on Windows.

    Thanks!

    Oren
    Monday, December 08, 2008 12:26 AM
  • Hi Ben,

    Hoping you can confirm this one way or another, or provide some workaround suggestions.

    I build simple websites (HTML, CSS, JS) for friends and family. These websites are an important reason behind seeking a service like Live Mesh.

    My websites are all in a folder which is added to my Live Mesh Folders (along with other subfolders that aren't website folders). The other subfolders all show in both Live Desktop and on my other mesh devices, but the website folders do not. Are they classified as Windows Systems folders, or another type in your list above, or do you need to add 'website folders' to that list?

    Is there a workaround for this except for e.g. zipping the websites?

    Kind Regards,

    divydovy

    Friday, January 30, 2009 10:58 AM
  • divydovy said:

    Hi Ben,

    Hoping you can confirm this one way or another, or provide some workaround suggestions.

    I build simple websites (HTML, CSS, JS) for friends and family. These websites are an important reason behind seeking a service like Live Mesh.

    My websites are all in a folder which is added to my Live Mesh Folders (along with other subfolders that aren't website folders). The other subfolders all show in both Live Desktop and on my other mesh devices, but the website folders do not. Are they classified as Windows Systems folders, or another type in your list above, or do you need to add 'website folders' to that list?

    Is there a workaround for this except for e.g. zipping the websites?

    Kind Regards,

    divydovy



    Hi divydovy,

    Two questions, to begin with:

    1. What is the path for the folder with your websites in it? (You needn't reveal the actual details, of course, just the general path, e.g., C:\Users\<username>\Documents.)
    2. What are the actual file extensions for the files that aren't syncing?

    Thanks,

    Ben.

    Friday, January 30, 2009 7:57 PM
  • Hey, Ben

    IE8 has the Favorites Bar, which is a folder stored under C:\Users\<username>\Favorites\Favorites Bar.

    In reality, the name of the folder seems to be not Favorites Bar, but Links.

    Because of this (most probably), Live Mesh does not sync the links placed in that folder. Works just fine with the rest of the links.

     

    Help! :)

    Friday, January 30, 2009 10:35 PM
  • Is there any possibility of opening up mapped network drives to be shared? At home I use a NAS box as I am sure many other do and I would like to be able to share some of those folders. Is this different if I would be runninng Home Server?
    Thanks for a great product
    ZR
    Sunday, February 01, 2009 12:54 PM
  • Zave said:

    Is there any possibility of opening up mapped network drives to be shared? At home I use a NAS box as I am sure many other do and I would like to be able to share some of those folders. Is this different if I would be runninng Home Server?
    Thanks for a great product


    ZR



    Hi,

    That's one of our top requests (see the Suggestions sticky); to vote for this particular feature, please follow this link (or the link from the Suggestions thread).

    Thanks,

    Ben.
    Monday, February 02, 2009 10:46 PM
  • Ben [Live Mesh] said:
    1. What is the path for the folder with your websites in it? (You needn't reveal the actual details, of course, just the general path, e.g., C:\Users\<username>\Documents.)
    2. What are the actual file extensions for the files that aren't syncing?

    Hi Ben,

    Impressed with the responsiveness of this forum - thanks for taking the time to help out.

    1. Folder containing websites: C:\DL PERSONAL\Other Work Stuff

      This contains some normal folders e.g. C:\DL PERSONAL\Other Work Stuff\divydovy files
      and some website folders e.g. C:\DL PERSONAL\Other Work Stuff\divydovy

      There are no consistent differences in paths between website and normal folders

    2. The folders themselves don't sync, neither do ANY of the contents, which are predominantly .htm, .css, .js, .jpg, .png, .gif, .xml and a couple of .asp's.

      We're talking fairly simple FrontPage sites here, XHTML & CSS on the main so not looking at serverside scripting or odd proprietary file types.
    I've done a little more testing (motivated by your willingness to respond and help troubleshoot :) ). When a folder is not a 'website' folder (i.e. it doesn't have the website logo instead of the normal folder - it will sync, including all the peculiar '_private' and other folders that FrontPage(?) adds when you designate a folder a website folder. To test this, I copied all the files and folders out of a website folder into a test normal file system folder (next to the original in the file system) and hey presto, seconds later my mesh is sync'd with that folder including all the files.

    The only difference I could find between the two folders in this test (the original website folder that doesn't sync) was the icon. I thought "well that's not going to make any difference, but for the sake of troubleshooting, let's change the icon". Bang. Straight into the mesh.

    So, a workaround/solution is to change the icon for website folders back to normal folders. I can still run the websites at localhost and FrontPage is still totally happy about opening the site and doing all it usually does. My folders are now all with normal icons and are all sync'd to mesh - w00t!

    I'm happy with this workaround, so hopefully you can help spread the word to others who might be suffering similar frustration. Ideally, you guys can work this into the app for future releases.

    Cheers,

    David

    P.S. I also tried customising folder icons to some other types - e.g. the big red stop button and the folder still sync'd. Seems to be a particular issue with the website icon, although obv. I didn't test them all ;)

    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 8:56 AM
  • divydovy said:

    Ben [Live Mesh] said:
    1. What is the path for the folder with your websites in it? (You needn't reveal the actual details, of course, just the general path, e.g., C:\Users\<username>\Documents.)
    2. What are the actual file extensions for the files that aren't syncing?

    Hi Ben,

    Impressed with the responsiveness of this forum - thanks for taking the time to help out.

    1. Folder containing websites: C:\DL PERSONAL\Other Work Stuff

      This contains some normal folders e.g. C:\DL PERSONAL\Other Work Stuff\divydovy files
      and some website folders e.g. C:\DL PERSONAL\Other Work Stuff\divydovy

      There are no consistent differences in paths between website and normal folders

    2. The folders themselves don't sync, neither do ANY of the contents, which are predominantly .htm, .css, .js, .jpg, .png, .gif, .xml and a couple of .asp's.

      We're talking fairly simple FrontPage sites here, XHTML & CSS on the main so not looking at serverside scripting or odd proprietary file types.
    I've done a little more testing (motivated by your willingness to respond and help troubleshoot :) ). When a folder is not a 'website' folder (i.e. it doesn't have the website logo instead of the normal folder - it will sync, including all the peculiar '_private' and other folders that FrontPage(?) adds when you designate a folder a website folder. To test this, I copied all the files and folders out of a website folder into a test normal file system folder (next to the original in the file system) and hey presto, seconds later my mesh is sync'd with that folder including all the files.

    The only difference I could find between the two folders in this test (the original website folder that doesn't sync) was the icon. I thought "well that's not going to make any difference, but for the sake of troubleshooting, let's change the icon". Bang. Straight into the mesh.

    So, a workaround/solution is to change the icon for website folders back to normal folders. I can still run the websites at localhost and FrontPage is still totally happy about opening the site and doing all it usually does. My folders are now all with normal icons and are all sync'd to mesh - w00t!

    I'm happy with this workaround, so hopefully you can help spread the word to others who might be suffering similar frustration. Ideally, you guys can work this into the app for future releases.

    Cheers,

    David

    P.S. I also tried customising folder icons to some other types - e.g. the big red stop button and the folder still sync'd. Seems to be a particular issue with the website icon, although obv. I didn't test them all ;)



    Hi David,

    Thank you very much for sharing your workaround (hopefully others will find it useful).  The initial problem sounds like a very strange bug to me - and I'd love it if you could open a Connect bug for us (instructions) with the details above, if you can spare a few minutes to do so. :)  If you then post back with the Connect Feedback ID, I'll follow up with our devs.

    Thanks,

    Ben.
    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 6:15 PM
  • I think my question got lost behind another one, so I will "UP" it one time.
    Can someone from the Live Mesh team take a look at this please?
    Thanks

    ----

    Hey, Ben

    IE8 has the Favorites Bar, which is a folder stored under C:\Users\<username>\Favorites\Favorites Bar.

    In reality, the name of the folder seems to be not Favorites Bar, but Links.

    Because of this (most probably), Live Mesh does not sync the links placed in that folder. Works just fine with the rest of the links.



    Help! :)

    Tuesday, February 03, 2009 9:33 PM
  • Hi Ben,

    Haven't done this before so I hope I've done it correctly: https://connect.microsoft.com/LiveMesh/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=411049

    Feedback ID: 411049

    Thanks for your help.

    David/divydovy
    Wednesday, February 04, 2009 2:04 PM
  • Ben,

    Why are certain files blocked?

    I just upgraded to Windows 7 and I lost my MS Money file that had all of my financial data on it for the last 6 years. I had the data file in my Mesh folder and so I had the piece of mind that I would never lose my data and I relied on Mesh to back up my data for me. After wiping my machine and reconnecting the machine to Mesh, I discovered that my Money file wasn't there.  Not cool!  There needs to be a much better way to notify users that files in their Mesh folders are not actually being synced in the Mesh!

    John
    Sunday, August 09, 2009 2:36 PM
  • Ben's not around, so I can't answer "why" certain file types are blocked, just that they are. I suspect that the reason that the Money data file is not backed up may be a function of how Money deals with its own data. It isn't a file that should be synchronized. If you change the file in two locations inadvertantly, there is no merge and you data file is going to be incorrect based on your expectations of entries made in two locations between sync periods. When the conflict arises, one version will be lost.
    I'm very sorry that you lost the Money data file. I would recommend that you *not* rely on Live Mesh to backup your data, though, since it is a beta. Data can be lost - even if the files are of a supported type. Make a copy of all data that you are synchronizing via Live Mesh if that data is important to you.
    -steve

    Microsoft MVP Windows Live / Windows Live OneCare, Live Mesh, & MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator
    Monday, August 10, 2009 12:46 PM
    Moderator
  • Hey David... I'm having the same symptoms... the "My Webs" folder will not sync with Mesh (so therefore I've kept Windows Live Sync running and use it on the web folders instead.)  And I did also confirm that if the folder is not marked as a "web site" in FP (or in my case, Expression Web) then it will sync with Mesh.  I never thought of changing the folder icon... I'm going to give that a try.  Sometimes it is the strange but obvious stuff that works.
    Norm
    Friday, November 20, 2009 12:45 AM
  • Bummer... I haven't found a way to make it work by changing the folder icon.....
    Norm
    Friday, November 20, 2009 1:04 AM
  • Bummer... I haven't found a way to make it work by changing the folder icon.....
    Norm

    Changing the icon isn't going to do anything. I suspect that your issue is caused by the fact that the web site collection folder for Expression/FrontPage contains system files and hidden files. I thinkt that the workaround was to make the entire branch into a normal folder, without any system or hidden attributes.

    -steve
    ~ Microsoft MVP Windows Live ~ Windows Live OneCare| Live Mesh|MS Security Essentials Forums Moderator ~
    Friday, November 20, 2009 2:16 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Norm,

    Sorry it didn't work for you.

    I can think of two possible reasons the icon fix didn't work for you:

    1. Something about the 'My Webs' folder tree scuppers it
    2. We're using different versions of Windows for which changing the icon has different underlying behaviour. I've found this fix to work on Vista.

    Hope you get it working OK. Maybe try copying the websites into folders outside the 'My Webs' tree and then have them as just normal folders?

    Cheers,

    David
    Friday, November 20, 2009 2:29 PM