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Sychronize "Desktop" folder with mapped network drive folder

Posted on 2011-02-18
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Is there a way to synchronize the entire desktop folder with another folder that's mapped on the network drive in My Computer?
All I'm seeing with XP's built-in tool is that I can sync offline files, but not select an entire folder.
Because I put new files onto the desktop (such as attachments i get) all the time.
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Download Microsoft SyncToy. It will allow you to have folder syncs.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52
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by:Donald Stewart
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I would use folder redirection

How To Configure Folder Redirection
http://www.virtualizationadmin.com/articles-tutorials/terminal-services/performance/configure-folder-redirection.html


This way, anything placed on the desktop will automatically be on the network share
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by:Kris Montgomery
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You can also use an automated third party syncing/backup software.  

I suggest Cobian Backup.  Its free and does what you need in the background.  Configure it and forget it.

I use SyncToy, but it is not automated, so on most PC's I use Cobian.

http://majorgeeks.com/Cobian_Backup_d4739.html

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mug
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Thanks for the suggestions.
So I'm assuming the bulit-in Sync tool for XP doesn't do folders.

I'm aware of alternatives, however here is my next question:
As a domain user, will I need to update the alternative sync tool each time my domain password changes?
Or do these just run while I'm signed in?

With SyncBack I believe you have to use task scheduler which requires a credential.
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by:Kris Montgomery
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Cobian can run as a service and is how we use it. So, it will run regardless to you being logged on.  We also configure it to use the local admin password.

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mug
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FYI, the last few days, I have been testing Fbackup (the freeware version of Backup4All).  It really works well.  The logfiles are better than Cobian and there is also a built-in restore feature that Cobian doesn't have.

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mug
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