You cannot connect a SharePoint workspace in SharePoint Workspace 2010 to an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site

Symptoms

You have Microsoft Office Groove 2007 installed on a computer. You have Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 installed on a server computer. Then, you upgrade from Office Groove 2007 to Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010. However, you do not upgrade from Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010. In this case, you cannot connect a SharePoint workspace to the SharePoint site. This is the expected behavior. The SharePoint workspace type in SharePoint Workspace 2010 requires SharePoint Server 2010.

Workaround

To synchronize SharePoint Workspace 2010 to Document Libraries on a SharePoint Server 2007 site, use the legacy SharePoint Files tool in SharePoint Workspace 2010. This is the same SharePoint Files tool that was included in Office Groove 2007. To add this tool, follow these steps:
  1. On the Home tab of SharePoint Workspace Launchbar, click New, and then click Groove workspace.
  2. In the New Groove Workspace window, click Options, then click to select 2007 in the Workspace Version drop-down list, and then click OK.
  3. In the new workspace, click the Workspace tab, click Add, and then click SharePoint Files.
This creates a Groove workspace by using the 2007 template and then adds a SharePoint Files tool to the workspace. Each instance of this tool can synchronize a single document library on an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site or on a SharePoint Server 2010 site.

Note This tool does not sync other Office SharePoint Server content, such as lists.


More Information

Because the SharePoint Files tool is part of a Groove workspace, content in the tool can be shared with workspace members who do not have access to the SharePoint server. This is sometimes useful for sharing information without providing access to a restricted network. However, it can create issues in security and conflict resolution. 

The preferred means of synchronizing with a SharePoint server is by using a SharePoint workspace. A SharePoint workspace can synchronize many kinds of lists and libraries with a SharePoint 2010 site. You cannot invite other members to a SharePoint workspace, and it does not replicate to other computers on which you use SharePoint Workspace with the same account. Instead, the SharePoint 2010 Server remains the nexus for content. 
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Article ID: 980522 - Last Review: Dec 13, 2012 - Revision: 1

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