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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.

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.


Try Windows Live Sync.

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.


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.


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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