What is the best way to sync files between two servers

August 2, 2012 at 11:35:04
Specs: Windows Server 2008 R2, Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.8GHz / 18 GB DDR3-1600
The company I work for has two offices 95 miles apart and we're having serious problems making sure the files on the two servers are in sync all the time. We're using Dropbox now to try and do this, but in the 6 months since it's implementation we've repeatedly experienced problems with Dropbox not working properly and keeping files on the servers up to date. the lag could be a day or more, many files are worked on by people from both offices and they need ot be up to date all the time.

What's the best way to do this? Does anyone know?


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#1
August 2, 2012 at 14:19:52
A site to site T1 and use DFS.

Or go serious on cloud computing and get a hosted server that both sites access via the internet. It becomes the central point for the files.

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#2
August 2, 2012 at 16:26:19
uh, what's site to site t1? and dfs?
one office has T1 internet, the other has some residential DSL 5 mbps.
there's not enough bandwidth to go with a real cloud storage solution because there's not enough bandwidth, the office with T1 (1.5 mbps) has 15 people sharing that one connection, internet can get very slow here.

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#3
August 10, 2012 at 09:23:15
"uh, what's site to site t1? and dfs? "

A site to site T1 is where you have a T1 at each location that is only used for site to site communication.

DFS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distri...

Another solution you may wish to consider is only the 5meg site has the servers. You bring up a terminal [now called RDP server in 2008] server and setup thin client access via the internet. This way everyone is working on the same server same files.

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#4
August 10, 2012 at 10:21:40
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Maybe a VPN between locations depending on the cost of a dedicated T1 line.

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How charged with punishments the scroll,
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