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I have domain include one server and multi workstations
there is  folder named "Data" on the server I need to make live sync for it to all work stations
So every work station have live copy from the "Data" folder
What is the best way to do that
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by:woolnoir
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I'm a little confused as to what you are trying to acomplish, by 'live' do you mean an independent copy which can be updated without effecting the original ? or do you want it to be synced in both directions ? if you do want a two directional sync then can you explain why ? what advantages do you gain from accessing it on the server.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755136.aspx

Offline folders, branchcache will help reduce the bandwith considerations if thats what is the concern. I guess i just need more information to be able to suggest a workable solution.
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by:Rawasi
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 No I don't want the sync  on tow direction I won't an independent copy which can be updated without effecting the original so I have a copy from the Data folder on all workstation.  
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by:woolnoir
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what OS are the workstations running ?
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by:Rawasi
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The Server windows 2008 and the the workstations are windows 7
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by:woolnoir
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if youre using windows 7 (business class) then you can use sync centre to create a one way folder sync with a network share, but the ability to sync with network folders is not included in Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Home Basic, and Windows Vista Home Premium.

So thats either ultimate, professional or enterprise. If your using windows XP then maybe you should consider synctoy version 2.1.

Or... you could create a scheduled task on all workstations (can be done remotely  ) to copy the files down on a daily basis. I'm still a little confused if this is a one time thing ? one copy then thats it, for ever ? or do you need a periodic copy ?

if its a onetime thing then maybe use a LOGIN script on the workstations which runs a single copy....
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by:Rawasi
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I have windows 7 Ultimate and it isn't one time I need this sync daily
Can you give me the stapes to make the sync using windows 7 from shared folder.
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by:woolnoir
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Answer me this.... im on workstation one, your on workstation 2, we both get a copy this morning of the data folder and we make changes... what happens tomorow morning. Are those changes overwritten by the folder on the server ? do we see each others changes ? I just need to know this so i can suggest the best solution.
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by:Rawasi
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1- the change will overwritten by the folder in the server
2- No need to see the changes and the change will not matter I won't the folder to read only on workstation in case we out or the server unvilable.
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by:woolnoir
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Ok if you want the folder to be read only on the client machines, and you want to ensure that its a LIVE sync incase you are out, or the server is off-line then you could edit the permissions on the share to be read only for the users who use the workstations and then configure off-line access to the share.. and all workstations who access it will automatically have a synced copy ?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Understanding-offline-files ?
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by:Rawasi
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Can I make Schedule for the sync?
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http://blogs.technet.com/b/netro/archive/2010/04/09/how-the-synchronization-in-windows-7-offline-files-works.aspx

it uses remote differential compression so it keeps the local copy in sync all the time, if this isnt what you want then we will have to use something else.
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Was this of use, or is it still not meeting your requirements ?
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