Network Folder/File Sync Options

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by chaos945, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

    I'm trying to synchronize a few folders over a large network and I've been looking at the 'Briefcase' and at 'offline files' built into xp.

    For a few weeks I had been using 'offline files' but after removing certain registry entries pertaining to lame usage messages, the server now restores the entries on my machine every time I login to the domain, somehow this has totally messed up the use of my ‘offline files’. So I need a new option/application or a way to stop the server from changing my registry!

    Anyone have any suggestions?
  2. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    well, it sounds like you are on a windows domain that is using group policies to enforce certain settings. We do the same thing here - the difference being that I am one of the people that manages the policies...

    If you only make changes to files in one location, you could just use a directory mirroring utility (or even xcopy/robocopy/etc..) to mirror the directory to the other location. Setup a robocopy batch file and run it as part of your logoff/logon scripts..

    If you want true directory/file synchronization closer to what the offline folder feature does, you can check out things like:
    - Unison (
    - SureSync (
    - FolderMatch (
    - HandyBackup (
    - and a whole lot more (
  3. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

    Thanks for the recommendations, I tried them all and a few others I found.

    Amazingly none of them are as good as the built-in synchronization for Windows XP; I guess I'll have to figure out what exactly is going wrong with it.

    "offline files", "sync", "alternative"