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Shared Network Folder Replication

File replication for shared network folders is important so you can keep folders and files in synch across Multiple Locations. Below are some file replication tools. See also: Store Images in Database

Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS)
This is a good folder replication technology if each replication server has a Windows Server operating system. It enables you to efficiently replicate folders (including those referred to by a DFS namespace path) across multiple servers and sites. You can use DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication to achieve the following goals:

  • DFS Namespaces - Provide users with a centralized folder namespace through which to access and store files. You can host the underlying file shares on different servers and in different sites to improve availability and performance.
  • DFS Replication - Synchronize folder contents efficiently between servers, across LAN or WAN network connections.

Other useful resources:

Free Open Source software that helps you synchronize files and folders for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

SyncToy 2.1
Typically used for the OpenDentImages folder. Free application that synchronizes files and folders between locations.

  • Synchronizes just the changes once the first synch has been performed making future syncs very fast.
  • Use command line options with Windows Task Scheduler to automate SyncToy to run at specified dates/times, e.g. scheduling a backup.
  • One-way or two-way synchronization.
  • Support on Network Attached Storage (NAS) drives.
  • 32bit and 64bit support.


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