Trying to replicate files between Server 2003 and Server 2008 R2

Posted on 2011-04-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am trying to replicate files between 2 Windows servers. The only thing is, one of them is Server 2003 and the other is 2008 R2. So 2003 cant use DFS replication and 2008 R2 cant use FRS.

What would be my options to get this to replicate. I have thought of using an intermediary server 2003 R2 or 2008 that can use both FRS and DFSR and syncing it that way. Has anyone ever done this and is it a viable option?
Question by:ryan80
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    I had the same problem, I setup file shares and then used syncback to automate a daily sync of my files. I'm not sure if this will work for you, but for what I was doing it worked fine.
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    I was cosidering that. I use syncback at home to replicate files between boxes.

    Do you know what it does for error reporting? I was hoping to leverage the monitoring tools that we have in place which check the event logs.

    there are only a few GB of files and we have a good size WAN link so it may be an option. Do you know what kind of transfer options it has for traffic shaping?
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    I am not sure of the transfer options, but you can setup email notifications to inform you of various errors, incomplete transfers or if the backup fails to process. You just have to setup the SMTP information in syncback. Synctoy is another one I have used, but it is less functional. I am sure if you have the resources you could use a third server running Server 2003 R2 as the medium. I just think its going to be more complex and you could run into problems getting the 2003 R2 server to communicate the changes both ways.
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    Actually I just realized that this will not work. The permissions are not kept for the files, unless I am missing an option?

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