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Hi,
We have SBS 2003 and a XP Client which has file syncronization issues randomly.  The user gets error messages that some files were not able to sync.  It is strange some files sync while other do not.  

This is actually a new Dell D830 purchased three months ago.  The file syncronization worked fine for the last two months and has decided to give us problems now.  We actually were experiencing similiar problems on the users previous laptop which we replaced three months ago.  The problem seems to have moved from the old laptop to the new laptop.  It might be a completely different issue since this is a new laptop.

I have another XP laptop which has been running file syncronization with no problems.

The user which is experiencing issue is syncing a large number of files 10gig and has a very complex folder structure.  I am wondering if there is an issue with the amount of data that can be synced properly.  I have read on some messages it could be fingerprint software.  I still need to investigate this possiblity today as the user has been out of town.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Jared Luker earned 1500 total points
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I say bag file synch and just make a simply batch file to run robocopy to synch the two.  It's far more robust and can handle errors easily.

If the xp data is on c:\data and the server data is on \\server\share\data the robocopy command would be something like this:

robocopy c:\data \\server\share\data /copy:dat /w:1 /r:1 /e

That would copy all data that exists on c:\data to the server.  If the file needs to be updated, it will update it.  If it's the same, it skips it.  

If you need two way synching, then you can use the /mir switch
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by:r_may
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Thanks for your quick input.

I have heard of Robocopy, but not used it before.  If the user updates files when away from the office, when he comes back in will it sync the latest version of the server.  On the flip side, if the server has the latest copy will it sync it to the laptop.  The XP file syncronization prompts if there is a mismatch on both the server and laptop side.

Thanks,
Roger
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