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SyncToy

Does it work? Is it worth using? Any gotchas I should be aware of? Is it "enterprise grade"?

I just stumbled across it today. If it works as advertised, this would solve quite a few issues for me. Mostly, I need something like this to keep files synced between a mobile device and a desktop PC - the simplest case would be keeping a digital camera and c:\photos\ synced up.

So, is this worth using?

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can someone comeup with a solution involving teracopy? i like to crc test my files immediately after i have copied them –  jake May 12 '09 at 13:01

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I personally use SyncToy v2 from microsoft and it is great for keeping my laptop in sync with my home pc. i got it working on windows 7 but i am yet to test it on the RC version. Using my netbook i also managed to get it to push files instead of fetching which was weird.

I find it quite adequate but very narrow in cofiguration. i could do with a product that can give you finer control and automatic sync on connection or constant sync on changes. I think for my needs, i require something scriptable to give me finer control.

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SyncToy can be called from the command line, so it can be put into a batch file. That would meet my definition of "scriptable". –  tomjedrz May 12 '09 at 20:39
    
For the auto sync and/or constant sync you want DropBox. It keeps a copy on their server, but does bulletproof sync. –  tomjedrz May 12 '09 at 20:42
    
@tomjedrz i don't wnt my stuff on the interweb. does it do workgroups? can it work without the intertubes? –  jake May 15 '09 at 7:29

It works ok, but it's not enterprise grade. I have a couple of scheduled batch files that use robocopy, it works great.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robocopy

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Try Windows Live Sync.
http://gofrom.us/14EA

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dude, why does my data have to go through the tubes to get from one pc to the one just next to it? –  jake May 12 '09 at 13:02
    
That was exactly my response to Live Sync. Not to mention the boss might mind if our IP was passing through servers in Redmond. –  Electrons_Ahoy May 12 '09 at 21:58
    
@jake not always both is next. I just gived an suggestion... –  Zote Nov 20 '09 at 23:36

Live Mesh is the successor to Live Sync mentioned previously. Though it's still in beta, it's definitely worth a look.

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IMHO ...

Yes, it works. Not sure it is "Enterprise Grade", in that I don't believe there is a standardized way to control it (i.e group policy). I believe the CLI will allow for automating and scheduling actions.

I use robocopy inside batch files, and it works quite well.

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I have used it in the past. I haven't used it as a two-way sync, but as a one way push all my files to a fileshare as a backup, and for this purpose it works quite well inside a scheduled task. I beleive their are options to do proper two-way sync.

You just run it and setup the sync's you'd like to do, and then you can set up a scheduled task that references the syncs to run at specified times. However, you are limitted to what scheduled tasks can offer you, I always scheduled lunch time when my laptop was likely docked and I wasn't using it.

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