Posted by: Lee | July 28, 2011

Running Windows Live Mesh as a Scheduled Task on Windows Home Server 2011

Right, well, further to my post pointing how to install Windows Live Mesh as a service, the ever diligent ZDNet Journalist, Windows 7 Inside Out author and all round Windows Guru Mr Ed Bott has pointed out that you could also set up Mesh to run as a scheduled task that loads at startup, which apart from not requiring the installation of extra software is also a “supported” method. So here’s some alternate instructions:

  • Logon on to the desktop of your Home Server as Administrator
  • Install Mesh as per my previous post
  • Click the Start button and type Task

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  • Click on Task Scheduler to load it

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  • Click on Task Scheduler Library in the left pane and then in the right pane click on New Folder
  • Call the folder something relevant such as “My Tasks” and click OK

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  • In the left pane select your newly created folder and then in the right pane click on Create Task

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  • In the Name field enter Windows Live Mesh
  • In the Description field enter a relevant description for the task
  • Select Run whether user is logged on or not
  • Change Configure for  to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Click on the Triggers tab

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  • On the triggers tab Click on New

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  • Change Begin the task to At Startup
  • Click OK

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  • Click on the Actions tab
  • Click on New

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  • Click on Browse and then navigate to and select C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Mesh\WLSync.exe
  • Click OK

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  • Click on the Settings tab
  • Remove the tick from Stop the the task if it runs longer than:
  • Click OK

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  • You will now be prompted for the password of the Administrator account so enter it and then click OK

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  • Your task is now created, to start it Right click it and click Run

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As before, If you run Task Manager (right click start bar and select Task Manager) you should see the following processes running:

MOE.exe
WLSync.exe

Note: No srvany.exe this time

And if you browse to Devices.live.com you should be able to see that your Home Server is communicating with Mesh (it may take a minute or so to connect):

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If you can see all the above, congratulations you have successfully set up Windows Live Mesh as a Scheduled Task.

Leod


Responses

  1. […] Lee  has a guide for two ways of achieving this. The first is the run as a scheduled task that loads at startup method and secondly the run as a service method which is the preferred way of doing things. […]


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