I’ve been trying to get into Groove and things were working pretty well. I use it on my desktop and my laptop with all workspaces shared between the two of them. However recently I got a new laptop and desktop. They didn’t come at the same time, but with a few months between them. I got the new desktop first and set it up. I exported my groove account info to a file which I saved on my server. I then imported it to the new desktop and things were ok. Sync worked and all workspaces were up to date. Then I got the new laptop complete with Vista. I setup groove and imported the account file I saved on the server a few months back. I left it to sync. I then noticed however that it was showing some workspaces that I had deleted as downloading forever. Whats more is that it didn’t show any of the newer workspaces I had created more recently. Frustration!!! I tried to google for it but could not find anything relevant. So I turned to the Microsoft Newsgroups. In the Microsoft.public.groove group I posted of my troubles and got a number of responses, and from this I learned.
#1 your old computer needs to be turned on if you want things to replicate correctly ok I had assumed that the groove data in my workspaces was “out there” somewhere in the cloud and that was how it sync’d my mistake.
#2 The account information file I saved a few months back, contains a lot more than account information. It also contains the information about the workspaces I have sync’d and this was my main issue.
I was given a list of KB articles too which further helped me to learn about how Groove works. Here they are in case you ever need them.
There are a few KBs that may provide insights in transferring workspaces with your Groove accounts.
How to use Groove on multiple computers
Some workspaces are unavailable from other members when you import your
Groove does not synchronize with other computers that run an account after
You experience presence and delivery services issues when you use a Groove
When you use the same account information on two computers that are running
My thanks to Jan Talens, c1sbc and Gregg Johnston for helping guide me to the correct answers. I was about to dump Groove because I could not make it work reliably these guys helped point me in the right direction.