Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

Best way to synchronize My Documents folder with server

Posted on 2007-11-17
2
14,067 Views
Last Modified: 2010-08-23
Hello,

I am recently setting up SBS in a SOHO office with 10 users. Their natural demand was to setup My Documents folders for all users to have a backup copy on server, and now I am trying to find the most RELIABLE way to setup this folder sync with server.

My first guess was to make drive U:\, which is default user's folder setup within profile in AD, and make it available offline. Then I would put My Documents floder to drive U:\ and files would be synchronized.

But I have just had some bad experience myself few weeks ago.
In same setup I had folder named \Customers made offline, and one day folder simply dissapeared! It was gone on server, and gone in my notebook, too. Unfortunatelly, I was just doing defrag few days ago, so I could not search for files on my notebook. I did restore files from server using Undelete utility, but some files were lost.

I have just few guesses how and why did that happen, having in mind mostly my exercise with changing IP on my notebook, making it part of another subnet etc.

But since then I don't dare to make My Documents folder available offline for my customer, since I don't trust that mechanism anymore.

Any suggestions on best practise on how to establish fast-synchronizing and transparent to the user copy of My Documents folder?
0
Comment
Question by:Andrej Pirman
2 Comments
 
LVL 26

Accepted Solution

by:
souseran earned 250 total points
ID: 20306700
Take your pick:

Best Practices for Folder Redirection in User Data and Settings Management

http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/f0fe0826-aade-46cc-9323-22657ebb7c511033.mspx?mfr=true

Recommendations for Folder Redirection

http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/2b24872a-05ca-41be-9887-33acc87a20561033.mspx?mfr=true

Allway Sync is free file and folder synchronization software for Windows.

http://allwaysync.com/

Easy2Sync

http://www.easy2sync.de/en/produkte/easy2sync.php

Beyond Compare®, the advanced file and folder comparison utility for Windows, helps you visualize changes in your code, keeps your directories in sync, and validates copies of your data.

http://www.scootersoftware.com/

0
 
LVL 18

Author Comment

by:Andrej Pirman
ID: 20307462
Souseran, thank you for helpful hints.
I will go with combination of Folder Redirection and Offline files, so to learn something more about MS approach.
0

Featured Post

Back Up Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Back up all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Microsoft Office Picture Manager is not included in Office 2013. This comes as a shock to users upgrading from earlier versions of Office, such as 2007 and 2010, where Picture Manager was included as a standard application. This article explains how…
Recently Microsoft released a brand new function called CONCAT. It's supposed to replace its predecessor CONCATENATE. But how does it work? And what's new? In this article, we take a closer look at all of this - we even included an exercise file for…
The viewer will learn how to use the =DISCRINV command to create a discrete random variable, use this command to model a set of probabilities and outcomes in a Monte Carlo simulation, and learn how to find the standard deviation of a set of probabil…
Learn how to make your own table of contents in Microsoft Word using paragraph styles and the automatic table of contents tool. We'll be using the paragraph styles in Word’s Home toolbar to help you create a table of contents. Type out your initial …

856 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question