How can you sync two network folders in Windows 2008 R2

I created a folder on an external drive that is shared.  I created another folder on a different external drive to be used as a backup for the first folder.  I've read the steps from Wikihow "3 ways to Synchronize folders" but they apparently don't apply.

So my questions is how do I sync the first folder to the 2nd so if a change is made on the first it syncs to the 2nd?
J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAsked:
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Brad BouchardConnect With a Mentor Information Systems Security OfficerCommented:
There is a free utility that is from Microsoft and is part of the SysInternals suite.  It is very simple, but for what you described would be the best solution in my opinion.

Download it here:

Also, you can set it to run as a scheduled task on a server or workstation:
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
For one client (Server 2003) I used Windows Backup to backup key folders onto a USB Hard Drive.

If you want to sync the folders and have live folders on the external hard drive, try SyncBack Pro ( That will do precisely what you want and can work to a schedule or on demand. I SyncBack Pro all the time.
J.R. SitmanIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
I chose SyncToy because it was free.  Love it.

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