Getting Windows Live Toolbar Favorities sync to work

Recently a commenter posted that they were unable to get Favorities sync to work (or show as an valid option on the toolbar). Found a recent post by a Microsoft dev who debugged the issue. Read more at Hopefully this solves your installation issues.


Microsoft Sync Framework and Windows Live Favorites Sync

Windows Live team just released the beta for Windows Live Essentials. I wanted to quickly point out the new Windows Live Favorites Sync feature that is part of the Live Toolbar. It now uses Microsoft Sync Framework (File Sync providers to be specific) to synchronize your favorites folder. This is the first Microsoft product release…


Windows Azure 101 – My first Windows Azure app

I recently got a beta invite for the Windows Azure hosting and storage services and immediately set about writing a simple hello world hosted app. I wanted to test both the Web role and the Worker role so I was looking for a simple scenario for that. I liked the new Windows Live feature of…


PDC 08 Summary – Project "Huron" and MSF V2 CTP

PDC 08 was last week and I wanted to summarize the PDC sync specific announcements. Hope every one had a chance to catch up on the all the impressive videos. First, Windows 7 looks impressive and I cant wait to dogfood the Beta build. As I posted earlier, we had 3 Microsoft Sync Framework related…


No Re-release of Microsoft Sync Framework V1

Last week, Mary Jo Foley reported that we re-released Microsoft Sync Framework V1 with updated bits. Since I hadn’t seen any internal emails on this I pinged my PM to get more details. Yesterday Liam posted an entry in our Sync blog explaining the “bump” in the published date. Summary: We did not update the bits with…


PD 2008 – Sync Framework Sessions

We have 3 sessions planned for PDC. Details of the sessions: Microsoft Sync Framework Advances Presenter: Lev Novik This session shows you how the next version of the Microsoft Sync Framework makes it easier to synchronize distributed copies of data across desktops, devices, services, or anywhere else they may be stored.   Sync Framework: Enterprise…


DbSyncProvider: Improving Memory Performance In WCF Based Synchronization

Users have frequently wanted the ability to remotely synchronize relational nodes in a peer to peer fashion using SyncServices for ADO.NET. We have a sample demonstrating remote synchronization by using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). I wanted to use this post to provide an easy way to optimize the performance of this WCF based solution. DbSyncProvider…


Announcing the release of Microsoft Sync Framework V1 and Sync Services for ADO.Net V2

Microsoft just released SQL Server 2008 and with that we have also released the golden versions of Microsoft Sync Framework V1 and Sync Services for ADO.Net V2. With this release Sync services now is built on top of the Sync Framework and supports peer to peer synchronization in addition to hub-spoke topology. Our Sync blog…


Getting started with DbSyncProvider (Peer to Peer Synchronization)

[Note: Source for this sample can be downloaded from Just ensure that you modify the connectionstrings in properties\settings file to point to the correct database. This sample is based off the RC0 build recently released.] This post is to be a starting guide for people wanting to use Microsoft Sync Framework to synchronize databases….


Announcing availability of a new Sync sample – SQL Express Client Synchronization using Sync Services for ADO.NET

We have released a new sample on our Sync code gallery site that demonstrates use of Sql Express database for offline caching and synchronization purposes. Sync Services for ADO.Net (a.k.a Occasionaly Connected Systems OCS) lets users take a database offline and enabled synchronization with the server in a hub-spoke topology. The released version shipped a full…