SyncToy vs RoboCopy

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Kelvin, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Kelvin

    Kelvin Guest

    I'm fed up with Windows XP synchronization.
    I've been using it to synchronize laptop users files to the server so they
    can get backed up.
    It doesn't synch ALL file types, it doesn't seem reliable\consistent, and on
    the computers (laptops) that I have it Enabled, the laptops disconnect from
    the network frequently and randomly.

    I've found these two tools SyncToy and RoboCopy.

    For the synchronization of the users My Documents folder I'd like the synch
    to happen as part of the logon script, but not sure if that is practical, or
    the correct approach.
    I could also create a batch file and have them run it on their own, but I
    don't like the idea that they may not synch for months and then their laptop
    goes out and they're missing some important data.

    I've tested with RoboCopy a little. I have it set to mirror a couple
    different directory structures.

    I created this one for an application we run that I need to update
    occasionally.
    This one seemed to have issues (timing out) when I have it recreate a
    complete folder structure, but if I make minor changes it seems to work
    great. Most of the changes would be small so the timing out issue isn't a
    deal breaker.
    robocopy "\\Prosperity\SharedData\CommonShare\Procede Software\Procede
    Image\Procede Software" "C:\Program Files\Procede Software" /S /E /NP
    /LOG+:"U:\RoboCopy.log" /Z /MIR /R:10 /W:30

    This one I created to synch the My Documents folder.
    robocopy "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\My Documents" "U:\" /S /E /NP
    /LOG+:"u:\RoboCopy.log" /Z /MIR /R:10 /W:30

    Any recommendation on the two software options for what I'm trying to
    accomplish?
    Any suggestions on the two RoboCopy examples?

    Any input would be appreciated

    Thanks

    Kelvin

    XP workstations
    MS 2003 Servers
    Domain environment
    Using Active Directory
     
    Kelvin, Aug 14, 2009
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    Al Dunbar Guest

    I've never had problems with robocopy timing out. Are you running this over
    a direct LAN connection, or over a remote connection over the internet. If
    the latter, I would be a bit concerned with any synchronizing technique if
    the users have virtually no limits to the volume of files they can store on
    their desktops.

    We do not support files placed on the local desktop. The policy is that all
    files should be maintained in the home folder on the server. Editing
    documents there over a remote connection can be hard on the nerves, so I
    suspect that some users do as I do - copy it to the desktop, edit it, then
    copy it back. I sometimes do this by using a briefcase folder on the
    desktop, synching it only as required, and, ideally, when I am connected in
    the office.

    /Al
     
    Al Dunbar, Aug 14, 2009
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    AllenM Guest

    Checkout GoodSync. It's a freeware download and works great for what you
    need to do. Has the ability to do one-way or two-sync and is pretty darn
    fast.
     
    AllenM, Aug 14, 2009
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  4. Either tool works awesome in my experience!

    SS
     
    Steve Schofield, Aug 25, 2009
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