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I have a request to create a back up web server, my idea is to copy all the web sites files from the source to the destination on some predefined schedule.

Does anyone have any recommends for utilities or methods to do this?

Two that have been mentioned in the office are

  1. Robocopy
  2. secure FTP
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robocopy is my preferred way on Windows. I've also had some good experience with synctoy http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=E0FC1154-C975-4814-9649-CCE41AF06EB7&displaylang=en

and if you prefer using the classic toold, like rsync, here's a good link: http://www.rsync.net/resources/howto/windows%5Frsync.html

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+1 for SyncToy. Robocopy and DeltaCopy / rsync seems to get confused with hard links, so be wary of that. –  user3914 Sep 30 '09 at 10:41
    
Is there a way to make the copy process secure? as the file transfer would be between machines in DMZs –  Rob Sep 30 '09 at 12:06
    
I'd suggest setting up an ssh tunnel. The rsync article I've posted above also suggests some ways –  dyasny Sep 30 '09 at 12:35

You could run rsync from within Cygwin, but it can be massively variable in efficiency

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