Program or Script recommendations on a Sync back up of local files to a Windows network shared storage

Bryan Pivik
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Need better solution for backing up data to a network drive.  Powershell or batch script is ok, just the logging is less than desired.  Needs to be able to run on Windows server OS and handle large amounts of data (2 TB - 8 TB).  

FreeFileSync and SyncToy were great applications that worked well for this simple purpose.  Make a folder pair and configure the kind of sync between the folders.  I am fine doing in a script, just do enjoy the ease of use there.
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Hi Bryan,

I've been using SyncBack from 2BrightSparks for many years:
https://www.2brightsparks.com/

I started with their SE version and then moved to their Pro version. They also have a Free version, which I've installed for many users (it works well, as long as you don't need any SE or Pro capabilities). Here's a comparison table for all three versions:
https://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/compare.html

I think they all can do what you're looking for (even the the free one). I use it the same way you're looking to use it...backing up data to a network drive...a local NAS in my case (I also use it to back up to SD and CF cards, external USB and firewire drives, as well as to FTP to an offsite NAS). It utilizes the Windows Task Scheduler to schedule backups. I run numerous backup profiles during the day...every hour of every day...and other backups daily during the wee hours. It allows you to specify the number of versions of a file to keep, which has saved me many times.

I run it on W7 and W10, but it also runs on the Windows sever OS, although I don't know if the free version does...if not, the SE and Pro versions are reasonably priced. You may also want to consider their "Enterprise Backup" solution, which is, essentially, SyncBackPro together with their SyncBack Management System (SBMS).

This is extraordinarily good software...I would not be without it! Regards, Joe

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Thank you Joe for the perfect suggestion.  I have now successfully ran a backup with 2.5 TB of data (3.2 million files) and the software did not choke or over consume memory on the server.  The scheduling and fine controls of the backup profile is extreme.  

You are right you need the SE or Pro to run on servers.  Well worth the price for a professional solution to sync data!
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You're welcome, Bryan, and thanks to you for the feedback. I'm very glad to hear that it worked well for you. Yes, the options/controls for the backup profiles are terrific. Thanks for confirming that SE or Pro is needed for servers...had a hunch, but wasn't sure. Regards, Joe

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