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I'm evaluating SharePoint 2010 and have been trying workspace, which seems to work ok. The only strange thing I've notices is I get a credentials box pop up saying it's trying to connect to "blugro4relay.groove.microsoft.com".

What is this connection for, is it needed/can it be switched off.

The box is asking for my own local credentials so may be being forced by a local proxy server and entering them allows Workspace to work fine.

I'm just curious/concerned about this connection and I can't find any information about it.

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This is the 'Groove Workspace' feature within the SharePoint 2010 Workspace product. It makes a call to the Groove public server ('blugro4relay.groove.microsoft.com' in your example). There's more about it in this note: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939806

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"The connection to the Relay server used by your account cannot be eliminated." see more here: support.microsoft.com/kb/2502051 –  Supriyo SB Chatterjee Dec 6 '11 at 14:55
    
That explains it. what's concerning is there doesn't seem to be a way to switch it off. I'm going to do some more reading... –  starfry Dec 7 '11 at 13:48
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