+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19
Windows Thread, Synchronise folders in Technical; The headmaster wants to be able to access his my documents folder outside of school on his laptop. Home access ...
  1. #1

    MK-2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Nottingham
    Posts
    3,237
    Thank Post
    149
    Thanked 581 Times in 307 Posts
    Blog Entries
    8
    Rep Power
    200

    Synchronise folders

    The headmaster wants to be able to access his my documents folder outside of school on his laptop.
    Home access isn't viable due to speed, and offline files/windows briefcase are out too.

    What I had set up was a batch file he ran when in school that would run xcopy with the date switch and would only copy files newer than ones in the destination folder. Obviously the first run takes a while to copy the lot, but then in theory after that it would only ever change a few documents that he edited.

    Are there any other ways to do this, something that would only copy newer files with the click of a button, and have the ability to do both ways (so copy laptop>network and network>laptop given on the situation)

  2. #2
    jamesreedersmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Ruskington
    Posts
    1,158
    Thank Post
    78
    Thanked 253 Times in 227 Posts
    Rep Power
    77
    Why cant you use offline files - thats exactly what you do but automated.

  3. #3

    MK-2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Nottingham
    Posts
    3,237
    Thank Post
    149
    Thanked 581 Times in 307 Posts
    Blog Entries
    8
    Rep Power
    200
    I know offline files does that, but it's not something we want to run here at the moment

  4. #4
    jamesreedersmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Ruskington
    Posts
    1,158
    Thank Post
    78
    Thanked 253 Times in 227 Posts
    Rep Power
    77
    Why not - its the tool designed for the job and I and probably a large proportion run this very succesfully and regularly. Seems odd to try and reinvent the wheel so to speak?

  5. #5

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,963
    Thank Post
    886
    Thanked 1,710 Times in 1,478 Posts
    Blog Entries
    12
    Rep Power
    449
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    Why not - its the tool designed for the job and I and probably a large proportion run this very succesfully and regularly. Seems odd to try and reinvent the wheel so to speak?
    I have to agree. You could just enable it for the head if you want.

    Another option could be sync toy though - Download details: SyncToy 2.1

    Although i would use offline files.

  6. Thanks to FN-GM from:

    MK-2 (7th December 2010)

  7. #6

    MK-2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Nottingham
    Posts
    3,237
    Thank Post
    149
    Thanked 581 Times in 307 Posts
    Blog Entries
    8
    Rep Power
    200
    the setup we have on the network at the moment would not make it a feasible solution. i cannot really say more than that just yet but we cannot use offline files just yet. next summer we will have the opportunity to, but until then it isn't a solution we can use which is why i was after other ideas

  8. #7
    DAZZD88's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
    Posts
    788
    Thank Post
    163
    Thanked 77 Times in 66 Posts
    Rep Power
    47
    One thing about offline files people, it doesn't sync databases. This has been a pain in the backside occasionally with staff phoning up and saying that XYZ isn't syncing and then we find out that it might be their PST file or a database they have created in Access.

  9. #8


    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    6,592
    Thank Post
    228
    Thanked 856 Times in 735 Posts
    Rep Power
    296
    Quote Originally Posted by DAZZD88 View Post
    One thing about offline files people, it doesn't sync databases. This has been a pain in the backside occasionally with staff phoning up and saying that XYZ isn't syncing and then we find out that it might be their PST file or a database they have created in Access.
    i thought it did as long as they werent open?

  10. #9
    DAZZD88's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
    Posts
    788
    Thank Post
    163
    Thanked 77 Times in 66 Posts
    Rep Power
    47
    Unless it's changed since we last used it then it doesn't.

  11. #10


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    51.403651, -0.515458
    Posts
    8,914
    Thank Post
    226
    Thanked 2,676 Times in 1,973 Posts
    Rep Power
    787
    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    I thought it did as long as they werent open?
    According to this KB article, the following file-types are excluded by default (although I think this may only apply to legacy OSs such as Windows 2000, XP & Server 2003 based on the description in the GPMC).

    Code:
    .db?, .ldb, .mdb, .mde, .mdw, .pst, .slm

  12. #11

    MK-2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Nottingham
    Posts
    3,237
    Thank Post
    149
    Thanked 581 Times in 307 Posts
    Blog Entries
    8
    Rep Power
    200
    Just before this goes into an offline files debate, does anyone have any other methods I could use to do this? the xcopy worked to a point but was after alternatives

  13. #12
    jamesfed's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Reading
    Posts
    2,203
    Thank Post
    137
    Thanked 342 Times in 289 Posts
    Rep Power
    86
    Is it a RM network (CC3/4) because even those run with offline files?

  14. #13

    SYSMAN_MK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    4,006
    Thank Post
    489
    Thanked 1,343 Times in 729 Posts
    Rep Power
    429
    Take a look at FreeFileSync

  15. Thanks to SYSMAN_MK from:

    MK-2 (7th December 2010)

  16. #14


    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    6,592
    Thank Post
    228
    Thanked 856 Times in 735 Posts
    Rep Power
    296
    i think teh other simple solutions have been mentioned xcopy/robocopy/synctoy which i believe can all be scheduled or run manually

  17. #15
    Admiral208's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Bridgwater
    Posts
    720
    Thank Post
    176
    Thanked 63 Times in 55 Posts
    Rep Power
    40
    DirSyncPro is a good application with a lot of features. Plus its free!

    DirSyncPro

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Bult create folders within Folders
    By ceebster in forum Windows
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 29th March 2010, 11:35 AM
  2. Synchronise an IPhone with two PC's
    By Stuart_C in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12th January 2010, 08:54 AM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29th August 2009, 12:39 PM
  4. Problem deleting lots of folders within folders
    By sradams1977 in forum Windows
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 13th March 2008, 05:25 PM
  5. Synchronise Files issue.....Mystery
    By tosca925 in forum Windows
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13th January 2006, 10:31 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •