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sync network folders ?

sync network folders ?
« on: July 03, 2007, 09:06:13 PM »
Hi all,

I would like to sync files on one computer, with another computer on the network ?

Can SME do this ? or do I need some other program on the local computers to handle this.

Basically just one folder I want to stay in sync on the desktop and the laptop.

Please advise

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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2007, 11:02:48 PM »
If you can mount the folder on each system from your SME you could use rsync to sync the two folders... but only if the laptop is occasionally local to the SME.

If you load up cwrsync on the laptop and initiate the rsync from the laptop to the SME (or to a share on the desktop mounted onto the SME) over ssh.

I played around for a while with iFolders on SuSE linux (I couldn't get it to work on SME 7 RC2).

You could figure out how to turn on Webdav, then have both the desktop and the laptop mount the webdav folder as a 'network favorite'.

WinSCP may now include a 'synchronize' function (I'm not sure).

I saw an online backup service that offered multi-lateral data synchronization but I don't remember their name right now...

Hmm sync
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2007, 01:45:16 PM »
I see, thanks.

Well, I forgot to mention, that I need to sync the folder on Windows XP home computers.

The desktop I use for trading/charting only. Other then that I boot up to Linux. But there are a few folders when in Windows I would like to sync with a Windows Laptop for use when on the road etc.

Both Computers are plugged in locally.


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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2007, 01:54:06 PM »
If the objective is to synchronize between the Win XP home desktop and a Win XP laptop, I've used these programs (none of which are SME specific):

InSync (simple; straightforward):

ViceVersa (trickier, but supports the volume shadow copy service):

Robocopy (free from Microsoft, hard to setup):

Can SME ?
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007, 05:53:01 PM »
Can SME do this at the server or typically can this only be done via the network etc.  computer to computer ?

the rsync topic is this specific to linux ?


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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2007, 06:01:45 PM »
rsync can be used on Windows using cwrsync or by installing cygwin plus rsync (and openssh).

Whether or not you involve the SME server is up to you - you could either sync the two computers to each other directly, or sync each computer to a shared location on the SME server.

rsync thanks
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2007, 03:19:46 PM »

It sounds like I would like to sync the files directly from one computer to the other, now that I've re-evaluated this subject.

I'm going to have to research this, I'm finding it difficult to understand rsync,

Do I need ssh on the windows machines to achieve this or is this just for added security ?

any resources you may have on rsync and the process to set this up would be greatly appreciated


« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2007, 05:40:57 PM »

I've since found this free item that will work on XP and Vista, works well across my network etc.

The program is called SyncToy

Easy to use etc.

Thanks for all the help

I would still like to understand how to use the rsync and cwrsync tools I will have to read some more about this.

Thanks again