First and foremost, apply for a SugarSync account using this link!
I was looking for a service to store my data (documents and photo’s) in the cloud. A replacement for Dropbox actually. In the end I made a selection of two services, that was Amazon Cloud Drive and SugarSync. As I needed an easy, transparent way of syncing, SugarSync was the way to go. They have a software called SugarSync File Manager that keeps folders of your choice synced to the cloud. Also the huge amount of 10GB extra storage for refering a paid customer gets me to SugarSync!
A bummer for me is that there is no support for network mapped drives. As I’m in an Active Directory environment with redirected folders, this is a must! (My Documents are redirected to \\FileServerName\sharename for example).
To get around this shortcoming with Dropbox, you could use a link or a junction to the network folder with mklink. But this workaround doesn’t worked with SugarSync! So I started searching for a solution, and found it!
With the Windows 7 feature to attach a VHD it is possible to use SugarSync with network mapped drives (Windows 7/2008R2 only!). Here is how to make this happen:
Create a VHD file
First create a new VHD disk with Disk Manager (diskmgmt.msc). Open Disk Manager and choose Action > Create VHD.
Choose a location where to store the .vhd file, I choose x:\sugarsync.vhd in this example.
Initiate and create a volume
Now initiate the new disk by right clicking the disk and select Initiate Disk and click OK.
Create a new volume on the disk:
..and follow the wizard:
Assign a drive letter to the VHD:
Give the disk a fancy name:
And we’re done:
Start Windows Explorer or your favorite alternative and browse to the new disk:
Link your networked mapped drive into the VHD
Last step to perform is to make a symbolic link to the network mapped drive. Or in my case to the fileserver where my redirected (documents) folder is located.
Open a command prompt (as admin) and make a link to your network mapped drive. As explain in a previous post (for Dropbox).
Create permanently attached VHD
After a reboot the VHD will disappear and SugarSync Manager will disconnect the folders in the VHD. Use the program VHD Attach 2.01 to create a permanently attached VHD:
If you appreciate this post please apply for SugarSync using this link. This way I earn some extra storage! Thanks!