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I've a load balanced server on production environment for my application. The server is on Windows Server 2008 R2. I'm running a web application that creates and save a file into a folder on the web path. So I need to create a job that copy this file into another server. The main idea is that a file watcher checks for the file and then copy it instantly. But how can I know in what server it's the file?

Please avoid "why you don't" answers to get a directly answer, if it's someone.

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Saying that you don't want other solutions/strategies to the problem on a sysadmin board is a little off-putting. A good problem-solver will always take a look at the whole process, not just the small bit that you're presenting. This comes from deep experience, in most cases. – mfinni Oct 22 '12 at 20:37
Yeah i know, I comment on the answer that I have a little control on the environment because it's production. It's sad for me too. Even I can't deploy on staging, just on dev. It's a P1 application – Leandro Tupone Oct 22 '12 at 20:39
@Leandro if thats really the answer then you really ought to be involving other members of your team to solve and evaluate this problem isntead of trying to force fit a cube through a round hole. These kinds of problems require the entire team, dev and systems to work together. – Brent Pabst Oct 22 '12 at 21:12
+1 you re right! – Leandro Tupone Oct 25 '12 at 1:53

Are you able to change the IIS configuration? You could have the folder configured as a virtual directory on all of your NLB nodes that points to a central network location. No code changes required, and all nodes see the same set of files, instantly.

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really good point, I need to check with the third partner but i think it's possible. I think i can only change IIS configuration – Leandro Tupone Oct 22 '12 at 20:01
This is pretty much the same answer as the "better yet" from Brent above, Leandro. – mfinni Oct 22 '12 at 20:39
@mfinni Depends how you read it. I assumed that "reconfigure your web application" meant, "change your code to use a network path" rather than reconfiguring IIS. Clearly Leandro didn't infer that he might be referring to a Virtual Directory either. – Chris McKeown Oct 22 '12 at 20:58

Why don't you use some of the built-in file and folder replication technologies like DFS to replicate and store files automatically. Or better yet reconfigure your web application to store whatever files you have directly to a network storage device instead of locally.

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Change production environment implies changes on Staging and Dev environments. Also production is handled by a third company, I'm on CIO Development Software team. – Leandro Tupone Oct 22 '12 at 17:39
Well if you don't control the production environment how do you ever expect to be able to get files from it. Get your CIO to help you out then. – Brent Pabst Oct 22 '12 at 17:59
We implemented jobs for data migration without touching the environments. In any case I thank you for your answer but is not a directly answer to my question. – Leandro Tupone Oct 22 '12 at 19:20

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