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Mapping Windows Drive to Mac and synchronizing contents

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Last Modified: 2017-04-12
I have a mixed Windows and Mac O/S network. All machines have access to a shared area on a server (Windows) that gets regularly backed up. The aim of this exercise is to back the workstations up.

I have created mappings on the Macs to the server and set then up in System Preferences so they connect when the user logs in. This appears as a remote disk on the Desktop.

What I am unable to do is create an Rsync script that copies the selected folders from the Mac to the Server and then not sure how to synchronise then (this doesn't have to be done in real time, but every hour or on logon/logoff).

I have got as far as:
rsync -av --progress "Users/Username/Desktop/FolderToCopy" "RemoteDIskDesktopshortcut"

This would appear to be copying the files but they don't appear at the destination (most odd).

So how do I have to correctly phrase the rsync line and setup the synchronization? And most importantly is this the sanest way to do this?

Many thanks.
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Thanks Serial - it is for backing up. If I had a Mac only environment I would have just time machined it. Thanks for your notes on rsync syntax and had got it working with AppleScript + Automator for the time being.