Folder Syncronization with NTFS Permissions Included

Posted on 2008-11-19
Last Modified: 2013-12-02

My problem is that I wish to syncronise some folders between two MS 2003 Server Std R2 servers in real time over a 34mbit WAN.
I would like to use MS DFS replication but cannot as the domain would require a schema upgrade to support the new R2 features. This is not feasible currently.

I have tested various sync applications, best one so far seems to be ViceVersa Pro, with the VVEngine installed. It copies NTFS permissions but only on initial folder creation, changes do not proliferate.

I want to make changes to a folder's security and for the changes to sync to the destination.

Is anyone aware of software that will do that or a script that ViceVersa can use to double check permissions every so often?

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    by:Lee W, MVP
    I have to ask... why?  A Schema updates are required for DCs... not replication (as far as I recall)... but even if it were... a schema update is a relatively minor, simply thing... Less invasive than using third party software, certainly...
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Ok, scratch that - I am mistaken about DFS and the Schema update... still... I'm curious why the hold up on the update?
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    by:Hedley Phillips
    RSync will copy a data structure and retain permissions.

    Some of the additional features of rsync are:

        * support for copying links, devices, owners, groups, and permissions

    Or Robocopy:

    "Ability to correctly copy attributes, owner information, alternate data streams, auditing information, and timestamps by default, without the need for numerous often forgotten command line switches"

    Robocopy is available as part of the Windows Server Resource Kit tools

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    It is a corperately controlled domain at higher levels, hence why I cannot update the schema. it would have to be "in the plan".

    I will check out samba thanks.

    it is possible to scipt robocopy just to check for permission changes and update accordingly?

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    In the past I have used a product from CA. It  is called WANSync. It is on the pricey side but all changes are replicated including whether or not the folder is shared. This will also do Exchange and SQL replication.

    More information can be found about the product here:

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    Thanks for the advice, went with ViceVersa in the end.

    Will have to make permission only modifications manually on both servers, which luckily is very infrequent.

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