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Using GoodSync Connect to backup remote files

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Has anyone used Goodsync Pro 9 and will it work on a SBS2008 server or do we need to buy a server version? I prefer the idea of this against the Cloud.

We want to install Goodsync on the server and backup to a remote PC using GoodSync Connect which I believe is the VPN in the program.

I've only run a few local tests on the trial version on a WIn7 laptop and I wonder if anyone has used GoodSync Connect and what sort of problems they had with timeouts on large files. etc.

Thanks for any help.
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by:Rob Williams
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I am not familiar with the application, but I see no mention of a built-in VPN or remote site connection solution.  If so you would need to set up a site to site VPN solution with two VPN routers, such as a Cisco/Linksys RV042 or better yet a Cisco ASA 5500 series.  

Keep in mind that although sync solutions are great for data, they are not a disaster recovery solution as they cannot restore the server, just data, and most often they are not suitable for backing up databases, only files such as Excel and Word.

The built-in SBS backup to USB is a good alternative for full system restore, and possible something like Goodsync as a secondary critical file backup.
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by:mikeabc27
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As I understand it, GoodSync Connect is VPN software, like Hamachi and Teamviewer.

I haven't used router to router VPN for many years. We have a Netgear FVS318 VPN at the main end but not at the other, only a weedy BT home device.

Not intended as a DR solution (using SSR2013 for that) just to copy Word, Excel and Access files (largest 100MB).
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by:Rob Williams
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Sorry I missed the "connect" part of the product description, that would work exactly like Hamachi.  Sounds like a good choice for Word, Excel, and Access files (if closed).
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by:mikeabc27
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As I mentioned, I haven't used router to router VPN since the days when 512Kb broadband was the normal and used to get the Netgear FVS318 for this. I used to have around 15 of these running around the UK, all but the original ones have died and been replaced with more basic routers, but I still have 2 locations, including the SBS 2008 server one, where they were replaced by the FVS318G and I am tempted to set up a test between these two.

I have a nagging suspicion that GoodSync Connect will have the same VPN problems as Hamachi and Teamviewer, struggling with any volume copy and timing out.

Do you think a Netgear hardware solution would be a better answer, or I see the ASA 5505 are around £175 plus VAT each?
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I suspect the integrated GoodSync Connect  will work better than Hamachi, both because of block level backup, rather than file level using other apps, and the GoodSync Pro software likely monitors the VPN connection.

Having said I have had had good luck using scripts and SecondCopy over site to site VPN's, one of which uses 2 Netgear FVS318s units.  The Cisco ASA are definitely better units though.
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by:mikeabc27
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Many thanks RobWill, I'll keep this thread open for a little while in case anyone has used GS Connect, but look like site to site VPN would be a very good plan B, then it's up to budget whether it's one Netgear or two Ciscos.
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Many thanks
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