How to Synchonizing Data on Servers in a WAN at several locations

Posted on 2005-04-21
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I have a wan with 4 locations and also a 3rd party data center.  I need help in setting up all the servers to be mirrors of the main DC.  With the exception of serveral data folders and our main database program which goes to the datacenter.
I have 4 locations, one WIN2K Server at each location, with one being the main DC and the others are members of that DC and are global catalogs also.  Have hard drive with 2 parts., one with the OS and second with the data folders (shares).   I would like to have a copy of most of all the shared folders at each of the sites on all the servers.  Like if you have a "users" folder for branch 1 on  server 1 with the users "sue", "betty" and "rob", they are not copied to servers 2,3 & 4.  And the data on those servers are not copied on to server1.  They really do not need to be updated like real time but within the same day.  

My reasons: have slow broadband between all sites (384k) and users wil move from branch to branch an will need their own personal data files.  Also I'm having troubles getting logon scripts set for each branch, which reflects where to re-route the users data to.  I cannot completely mirror the servers because the database programs use info by each location and each branch does different activities.  Also I have AD running which takes care of Users, but would like to make changes to data and other folders once and not at each site.

I'm looking into using DFS ????  and If so just how does this need to be set-up?   Not good at figuring this out!!!
THANKS - Richard
Question by:rahowell2
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pgm554 earned 750 total points
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Try Novell iFolder.
You can set it up on your Windows boxes and it will sync the data that you specify.(it only replicates the delta changes)
So if you have a 100 meg PPT file and only a 100 KB gets changed,only the 100 KB makes it across the WAN.
It also throttles according to connection speed.(great for dial up)


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