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Synchronize laptop My Documents folder with other computers

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We have a laptop user who frequenty travels betweeen two company sites in WY and MN.  These two locations are connected together via VPN and have a Windows 2008 server at each site running DFS to synchronize files between themselves over the VPN.  When he is at the WY location, he uses a desktop computer running Windows XP that has the My Documents folder redirected to the DFS share on the local server there so that any changes made to the My Documents folder on the desktop are synchronized back to the MN location's server.  The laptop, running Windows XP, has the My Documents folder saved locally on the laptop itself. The files that would be synchronizing would be very large, so the laptop would need to synchronize only with the server local to the location he is currently in.  What is the best way to get the laptop's My Documents folder to synchronize based on which location it is in?  
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Not sure, but either

1) Synctoys for Xp

or

2) Robocopy

bot free.
Robocopy is a command line tool that can be run form a batch file.

2 batch files, one for each location.


I hope this helps !
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We would like it to be automatic so he doesn't have to remember to run a batch file after he makes changes on the desktop.  Is there something that works over the internet as well, such as foldershare but without the 10,000 file limit?
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Well it is possible to use a smart batch file that is scheduled automatically. It should be able to figure out the location based on login server or something and then do the backup accordingly.

You might cross post this in the MSDOS or VBscript TA.


I hope this helps !
 
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