Live Mesh is my best friend, mostly! (and solution to “Request to MOE Failed”)


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I have just had a 2 hour battle with Live Mesh which has reminded me just how much I have come to rely on Live Mesh in my day to day life and how well it normally works (It gets the “It just works” tick)

I am currently regularly using:

  • A Vista machine with VS2008 SP1 – when I need stability and to just get things done.

  • A Vista machine with a daily build of VS2010 – for some .NET 4.0 stuff I am doing such as parallel

  • A Vista VPC running the CTP of VS2010 from the PDC – when I need a more stable (but less feature complete) build of VS2010

  • A Windows 7 Beta machine running VS2008 – when I want to play with Windows 7 🙂

In the past I would have tried to keep these things in sync with Goodsync (Which is still great software – but fiddly for so many machines and folders and is only peer to peer) but I now rely 100% on Live Mesh to do this.

Which is why I was rather upset to realise that all the work I had done yesterday on VS2010 had not been synced to my other machines. Live Mesh was broken for that machine for one folder  - “My Projects”. The cause –  a bug in Live Mesh but a bug triggered by me.

On all my machines I sync “My Projects” to “C:\My Projects”. But yesterday I noticed I had accidentally synced to “C:\Projects” on this one machine. I went into explorer and renamed “C:\Projects” to “C:\My Projects” and all seemed well. Except Live Mesh was no longer syncing. This is when Live Mesh got confused. I tried:

  • Tell Live Mesh to sync to “C:\My Projects” – no joy

  • Tell Live Mesh To stop syncing and start again – no joy

  • On Live Desktop to stop syncing to my machine and start again – no joy

  • To delete the Sync for the folder – no joy

  • To delete the folder from Live Desktop – no joy

  • And pretty much every sequence combination – no joy

The most common error I was getting was:

“Request to MOE failed with status code 404 Resource not found”

In the past I have uninstalled Live Mesh when faced with this sort of issue – but luckly I found this handy post. The suggestion to stop Live Mesh and delete the Store folder which for me was “C:\users\ericnel\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Live Mesh\GacBase\Store”. It worked a treat. All is now well with Live Mesh again and I can get back to doing some proper work!

UPDATE:  One of the mesh team contacted me with this helpful advice:

If you hit an issue post a description of the issue to so that the team can follow up. Ideally before you delete your store, run the “Collect Live Mesh Logs” utility from the start menu, which places a .cab file full of diagnostic info on the desktop. That can be sent through later if the team ask for it.

Comments (2)

  1. Bryan Avery says:

    I’ve not been able to access the website for Mesh, all I’ve been getting is:

    The Windows Live Network is unavailable from this site for one of the following reasons:

    This site may be experiencing a problem

    The site may not be a member of the Windows Live Network

    You can:

    You can sign in or sign up at other sites on the Windows Live Network, or try again later at this site.

  2. Pokasoka says:

    Thank you. I was having the same problem.

    By the way, it works on XP, too. Instead of going to “C:usersericnelAppDataLocalMicrosoftLive MeshGacBaseStore”, you go to "C:Documents and SettingsUserLocal SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftLive MeshGacBase".

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