On Tue, 18 Nov 2008 05:47:01 -0800, HugoBeetle
> Thanks Both. Tony I'm not sure I understand what you are saying. Say I had
> PC1 and PC2 and was using FS to keep files on both. You seem to be saying
> that if PC2 was unavailable then the data would end up going through the MS
> servers but where would it be going? Sorry if I am missing something obvious
1) The files of a library are never stored by Microsoft and so no data can
ever flow unless two machines are online at the same time such that the one
with the newer file(s) is able to transfer them to machines that need them.
2) The issue of P2P is not where the files are stored but how they are
transferred. If one of the machines has an open port to allow incoming
connections then any two machines can establish mutual communications using
P2P, and that is faster. If the machines are unable to communicate using
P2P then they can still exchange files, but then the data must be relayed
by the Microsoft FS servers, and that will be slower.
This information is what I have gleaned from some years of FS use and I
believe it to be correct but I am not sure it is documented by Microsoft.