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TOPIC: How to Sync/replicate files on share between 2 Servers?

How to Sync/replicate files on share between 2 Servers? 9 years 11 months ago #18810

  • jayveshne
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Hello All,

Firstly let me explain our senario..

Location "A" has server running 2003 windows standard edition and has "F drive" as share.

Location "B" has server running 2003 windows standard edition and has "F drive" as share.

These 2 locations are connected by 512 kbps WAN link.

Now, i want to replicate/sync data between these shared drive so that they become identical.
The synchronization/replication wont be master slave scenario, instead both servers will be masters. i.e. changes made in server "A" has to be reflected to server "B" & changes made to "B" server has to be reflected to server "A" in real-time/online. (Changes will be... addition. modification deletion of files)

Things to note
1) Any solution based on file timestamp/change of file size will be better option.
2) Compression based service is will be good idea as we have less brandwidth.
3) size of files to be replicated may vary. 1 mb to 25mb +.

Considering points i mentioned, please help me to find suitable solution.

Right now i have microsoft robocopy in mind, but its dos based application(come also with GUI waffer). and its script based which needs to be timely scheduled. any other suggestions are welcome.
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Re: How to Sync/replicate files on share between 2 Servers? 9 years 11 months ago #18811

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you can use Microsoft Distributed File System

It allows also two way replication being the two servers masters also
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Re: How to Sync/replicate files on share between 2 Servers? 9 years 11 months ago #18814

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Another possibility is a utility called Second Copy, www.secondcopy.com
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Re: How to Sync/replicate files on share between 2 Servers? 9 years 11 months ago #18821

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Probably best to look at DFS as its inbuilt with Windows 2003. It has been vastly improved since the NT days and its one of the core services that is used to sync domain controllers SYSVOL shares.

DFS for Windows 2003 R2 is even more improved

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/storage/dfs/default.mspx

Its free :wink:
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Re: How to Sync/replicate files on share between 2 Servers? 9 years 11 months ago #18837

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Hi, All

Thanks all for your reply.
It seems DFS is good! but these 2 remote servers are not in same forest / domain. And currently we do not have a plan make trust between these server, does DFS still work for 2 way replication?
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Re: How to Sync/replicate files on share between 2 Servers? 9 years 11 months ago #18847

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They can be in different domains, but they need to be in the same forest.
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