Solved

Best way to synchronize My Documents folder with server

Posted on 2007-11-17
2
14,070 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
[X]
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
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

Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.

Question has a verified solution.

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

In this article we discuss how to recover the missing Outlook 2011 for Mac data like Emails and Contacts manually.
This article will guide you to convert a grid from a picture into Excel format using Microsoft OneNote and no other 3rd party application.
The viewer will learn how to create two correlated normally distributed random variables in Excel, use a normal distribution to simulate the return on different levels of investment in each of the two funds over a period of ten years, and, create a …
Excel styles will make formatting consistent and let you apply and change formatting faster. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Excel's built-in styles, how to modify styles, and how to create your own. You'll also learn how to use your custo…

733 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