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Is there a way to build a Windows server what can be target for other Windows file servers with rsync ?

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While MarkM has a good point about DFS-R, if you want to still use rsync, then cwrsync is a great Windows version of rsync, which includes a client & server, and can also use encryption. I have used this package on Windows for years. It works great, but (in my experience) can sometimes have slower than expected file transfer times.

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Primarily I'm a UNIX based sysadmin, and I experienced with rsync, so first I will use cwrsync. And I read after this DFSR solution. – Glendyr Mar 23 '11 at 21:33

Is there a reason that you want to use rsync? If I were you, I'd go with the native DFS-R functionality built into Windows.

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DFS-R is your best bet. Compression rates on RDC are sick! We get > 90% in a lot of cases. – BoxerBucks Mar 23 '11 at 21:15
Thank you, I will look at it. Never heard of it until now. – Glendyr Mar 23 '11 at 21:32
In our organization we primarily use DFS-R, but for our incremental offsite transaction log backups which have constraints on when they need to be transferred it's completely unacceptable because the complexities of the staging folders and lack of guarantees as to WHEN the files would be transferred meant that we were often experiencing backlogs and delays. The other case is for software releases where we need to update content across an entire set of web or application servers. They MUST be updated synchronously in our system. So for those two types of transfers, we use Rsync instead. – ryandenki Dec 12 '11 at 6:24

I have found a great tool Yintersync - Rsych for Windows to manage replicating multiple windows servers back to one. I replicate over 2tb daily from 10 servers over a 2mbit broadband connection using it.

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Thank you, I will try it today! – Glendyr Jun 17 '11 at 4:15

The backuppc package has a link to a minimal rsyncd implementation. It is based on cygwin, and only provides the rsyncd daemon service. It is a 32 bit implementation, but runs well on Windows 7 64 bit.

There is also a link to another set of packages package that includes an sshd service as well.

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