Automatically Syncronise Laptop Files & Server
Posted on 2003-11-17
I am using windows 2000 on one of my laptops on my home network and I am wondering the best way to synchronise a set of files with a server (For backup purposes). The network is a simple workgroup and central profiles are not used.
At the moment I am only backing up the "My Documents" folder which I have mapped to the server and syncing using "Offline Files". However, I would also like to make sure that the favourites, mail databases, desktop files and a number of other (sometimes large) files get synchronised with the server too. I cannot think of an easy way to do this. My first thought was setting up a number of offline file directories, but I know that windows 2000 can be picky with the type of files it will sync. My next thought was copying the data to the server on shutdown of the laptop, but I want to avoid having to copy all of the files every time the system is shut down. I was also thinking about installing a backup program to backup the data on shutdown and pass the backup files to the server... again, this means copying too much data every time the system is shutdown.
Does anyone have any good ideas for this, are there any good, reliable and cheap synchonisation programs that will handle this instead of the offline files manager?
Thanks in advance.