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I am looking for the best to snchronize data on two different file servers nightly.  Each server is at an office in a different city.  Does anybody have any suggestions.  Thanks.
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Hi andreacadia,
What operating system?
On linux you can use rsync.
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I will be sinking folder between a Win 2k server and Server 2003 box
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Also, is VPN the best way to do this?
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You can do it via VPN and that would be the most secure method. I assume there is already a VPN between the offices?

How big is the directory?
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Well there is not a site to site VPN in place as of yet.  But I can implement that pretty easily.  Basically we're talking synchronzing 2 shared folders.  one folder is almost 8 GB...within this folder, there are many subfolders and people are mostly working with spreadsheets, word docs, and power point presentations, as well as PDFs.  I want only changes to files to be synchronzined.

The other folder is about 3 GB and is used a lot less frequently.  I cant imagine that on a daily basis, more than 1 GB of information will change or need to be synced.
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I would advise that you setup a VPN and then look for software that will syncronise files between two mapped drives. That way the security and syncronisation is split between two separate applications so you should find syncronisation software to do what you want much easier.

I don't have any suggestions for windows file syncronisation software and I mainly use linux.
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With the vpn in place and because you are only looking to distribute folders not an entire OS for fault tolerance, you could use DFS, distributed file sharing, included for free in both 2000 and 2003.  I don't know if there might be compatibility issues between the two though.  It does require an AD structure in place and you can sync times for transfers at various times, various methods.

Here's a link on 2003 setup and some basics...
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows2003-Distributed-File-System.html
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