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The Microsoft Office Groove 2007 client communication architecture is considered a hybrid because the Groove client can communicate directly to peers it discovers on the network, or it can use native network protocols and firewall-friendly ports to communicate through a Groove server. Client communication that is both peer-to-peer and peer-to-server enables robust and flexible communication options, but poses a difficult challenge for network administrators who need to predict, plan, and control Groove traffic on their network.

This paper presents information about how Groove communicates on the network, provides some best practices for running Groove on your network, and introduce some basic communication troubleshooting steps.

Microsoft Office Groove 2007, in its simplest form, allows two or more people to share and synchronize data that is stored on their PCs. All Groove components, tools, user account information, and user data reside on the client PCs. The preferred protocol for Groove client-to-client and client-to-Relay communication is its native Simple Symmetric Transmission Protocol (SSTP).

To sustain communications in the dynamic and increasingly diverse conditions of today's enterprise networks, the Groove 2007 client utilizes several transport and application-layer protocols.

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