Microsoft Windows 2008 Servers Synchronization
Posted on 2012-03-14
We have a Microsoft Windows 2008 server and a cloned version of it in case the production crashes and needs to be replaced. Since the time we created the clone we instituted a policy whereby any changes to the production server also needed to be made on the cloned version as well, but unfortunately people have been negligent in following this policy and it is up to me to compare the two servers to make sure they are identical. I could create two RDP sessions to each server and manually just go back and forth eyeballing the configurations to see if I notice any differences, but I was hoping there was a more automated way to go about this, to limit human error. Here are the items I'm attempting to compare at this time:
- Computer Management/Local Users and Groups
- Computer Management/Shared Folders
- Data Sources (ODBC)
- IIS 6.0/Default FTP Site/Virtual Directories
If I could get a text listing from both servers of all this information, for example, I could use this text file comparison tool I have to see exactly what the differences are. Is a text report possible?
Or, of course, there may be other better ways to perform this comparsion; I'd appreciate any suggestions you may have.