Windows Mesh won't run on XP... options?
October 19, 2010 3:17 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a good solution for syncing files across several computers with several users. Something like Windows Live Mesh, except I can't use that because several of the computers run Windows XP, which Mesh doesn't support.
posted by Mokusatsu to Technology (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I run a small business with several "agents" out in various distant locations. We've been using MS Live Sync (previously Foldershare) to sync a number of files in a number of directories.
Unfortunately MS is deactivating Sync and forcing everyone over to Mesh. That wouldn't be a problem except that Mesh requires Vista SP2 to run. It does not work on XP. Several of the computers run XP.
I need the following features:
- able to add a number of different users with different levels of access permission. Some would be read-only access for example. There are about 10 different users and 13 or 14 different computers (i.e. some people Sync up laptops as well as their desktops).
- reasonably simple to use. I'm an IT enthusiast and I like bells and whistles. There are some users who are very wary of complexity who will simply refuse to use a product if it involves much setup and maintenance.
- not too costly. Some of the products I've looked at such as Dropbox charge a monthly fee per user. With all these users this product would end up costing us thousands of dollars per year, to replace something we previously got (Sync) completely free.
Most of the computers run Vista or Windows 7 and can thus use Mesh.
I was wondering if it might be possible to piggyback Mesh with something else like Dropbox so that the Mesh computers would sync with each other and we'd also run Dropbox on top of it to Sync some of those same directories with the XP computers. This, if it works, would seem to be an acceptable solution because then only a few users would need Dropbox.
Many of us have Groove 2007. Unfortunately many of us also have x64 machines and Groove 2007 doesn't completely work with x64 platforms.
Can someone knowledgeable of Groove let me know if it is capable of doing basic folder synchronisation like Mesh/Sync on x64 machines and furthermore would Groove conflict with Mesh if they were both running and syncing the same folders?