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good tool for syncing windows folders....

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I have a set of folders on a network drive that I would like to sync over a limited bandwidth link to another location. Does anyone know of a good tool for this that would maximize bandwidth and allow me to run it on a schedule?

I've been looking at things like Unison Sync but it didn't install even after I installed GTK+. Are there some other free options out there for this type of task?
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have you tried using robocopy?
it's free (part of windows dev pack I think).  just do a google search and you'll find it.

I don't think you can allocate bandwidth to use but you can set an interpacket gap to allow data to keep flowing through.
you can set it to monitor source folder and run after a certain number of changes have been made or set it up in scheduled tasks.
If you've ever used copy or xcopy dos commands, it'll be really easy to pick up and learn.
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oh, and I forgot to mention, if you have windows 7 or 2008, it's already built in to the OS.
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I have used robocopy in the past and would recommend
robocopy source destintaion /E /S ? /TEE /W:1 /R:1 /Log:c:\logs\copy.log
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also look at using /MIR (if you want to purge anything that's removed from the source) and if you care about file permissions and properties, also use a /COPYALL

There's a million different things you can do with it but go through all the options (robocopy /?) and work out what you need and don't.
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by:abolinhas
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Hi,

Viceversa is a good tool (non-free), I use in my office.
Key features:
4 types of sync
auto sync
schedule sync
alerts
shadow copy
and more
http://www.tgrmn.com/

If you are locking for open source tool, I recommend you the syncback
http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html
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by:Kruno Džoić
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maybe Cobian backup
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by:willlandymore
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Thanks for all the input guys. I ended up using Puresync (which was almost free) but those other options were good ones and steered me in the right direction.
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