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Sync Files and folders between Linux and Windows

Posted on 2014-10-01
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We currently have a Linux file server and are moving to a Windows Server 2012. We will still run the 2 servers parallel for the time being.
What software can be recommended to sync files and folders between the servers?
The software needs to run on the Windows server.
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by:Wilder_Admin
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for me its the best solution robocopy on the windows server. He can access over samba and he knows what he synced already. The bad its a commandline tool. But help is arriving. There are a lot of guis for existing. My choice is http://yarcgui.wilkes.es/ but any other will do the job good, because robocopy is a perfect sync tool.
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by:John Hurst
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Another sync tool is SyncBack Pro (2brightsparks.com). It works in Windows but will synchronize mapped folders/files and sync by FTP as well. It should connect to your Linux server.
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by:Kent W
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What I do is simply share the path I want to copy files to from linux on windows, mount from linux using cifs, then just rsync file to the mount/share.

Or, do it the other way by sharing via Samba on your Linux, and robocopy (or any windows file management tool) from the Linux to windows.
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Mike Sun earned 500 total points
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FreeFileSync is another good option worth considering:-

http://freefilesync.sourceforge.net/
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by:Carlos Ijalba
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If you want portable open source utilities that can be run anywhere (from a USB pen, etc) without needing installation rights (like when you are a consultant and go to a customer's site without admin rights):

http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/toucan
http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/dsynchronize_portable
http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/freefilesync-portable
http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/synkron_portable
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by:Mike Sun
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Yes, I also much favour portable versions of software, even if the portable aspect is not required. FreeFileSync has a portable install option built in...
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