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# Saturday, March 21, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009 10:53:30 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00) ( SaaS | Sync/Offline )

I've been using Mesh everywhere I can, and once we start using it I think the concept of "My laptop is my life" simply starts to fade way.

Last week my laptop had a problem in the only mechanical part I'm using: the CPU FAN. Since I'm not able to use it until it gets fixed, I've been using borrowed machines in the office and at home. TO ADOPT A NEW MACHINE, my current experience is as simple as:

  • Create an account in the machine (or use my domain account if the machine belongs to the DEVSCOPE domain)
  • Open Outlook and setup my account - autodiscover just works - and some minutes later all my email, calendar and contacts are ready and offline searchable
  • open http://mesh.com, sign-in with Live ID, add the device to my ring installing the LiveMesh.exe and configuring it to sign-in in automatically
  • Initially Mesh creates all my folder links in the desktop, so I select all of them and delete them all to keep the desktop clean
  • Then I click only the Mesh folders I will need, and select a proper folder to store them (eg. my documents)

This has worked very, very well and after a week I noticed that I'm already running Mesh on one Windows XP (an old office desktop), two Windows 7 (home and office) and one Windows 2008 Server. Since the last one gave a strange error during the setup, I've decided to post here the workaround:
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Live Mesh
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This installation is forbidden by system policy.
Details about this problem can be found here.
[80070659] This installation is forbidden by system policy. Contact your system administrator.
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OK  
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the work around found here http://www.saunalahti.fi/janij/blog/2009-02.html lead me to add this key with regedit.exe:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Installer]
"DisableMSI"=dword:00000000

Still a lot of people asks me: Did you backup already your data? I must say not yet, although all my data is already replicated in properly managed servers/services in our hosted services (Exchange Server), corporate servers (CRM, Sharepoint and source code) and the rest is a very complex set of folders have in Mesh, from company docs, to per project folders with partners, to per team folders for the MBA, etc..

So, my life (data) is in the Mesh

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