Why do Shared OneNote notebooks seems to get frequently corrupted?
Posted on 2008-10-02
Microsoft OneNote has a fantastic way of sharing information. You put a notebook in a shared directory, open if from various clients, make changes, and watch the notebooks sync automagically. When it works, it works great. But I find that notebooks I share are regularly corrupted. OneNote will say something like, "This section is corrupted. Click here to try to repair." When you click (which mainly looks like reloading the section from the shared source) the notebook may initially seem to be fine (sometimes with data missing), but will often have the same problem the next day.
I understand that corruption can happen, but I'm trying to figure out the drivers of the corruption to reduce occurrence. Typically, I'm using the notebook on a laptop and I'm guessing the corruption is correlated in some way to disconnecting my laptop from the network. I don't disconnect DURING a sync, but there still seems to be correlation.
Our setup is simple today: 4 or 5 system on a LAN where a notebook is on a NAS drive with multiple laptops sharing the notebook. My future plan is to share notebooks more widely via internet connection or on a cloud-based storage device, so I figure I need to understand better how to make it work predictably on a small scale before spreading the sharing outside the LAN. Thanks for any insights.