Remote synch two MACS

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September 1, 2017 at 06:13:43
Specs: Windows 10 64 bit, 3.601 GHz / 16324 MB
Hello all,

Hope someone can help please

Firstly I would like to say that I know absolutely nothing about MACs so please go easy on me, I have never used a MAC in anger so don't really know my way around them.

A friend of mine has asked me if I can help her sync two of her macs. She has a MacBook pro at home on which her husband adds files for their business. She herself has a mac laptop which she uses during the day when she is out.

I have asked her for details of her macs and she doesn't know, I am not close enough to pop in and check, and have no idea how to find the details so cannot really advise her.

What she wants to do is, have the ability to sync the home mac with the laptop, so when her husband adds or creates a file (perhaps to a particular folder?) she wants that file to be available to her on her laptop remotely pretty much immediately.

Does anyone know if this is possible?
and if so how we can achieve this please?

Many thanks, sorry if iv missed any details please let me know what else is needed and I shall find out from her.

Thank you

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#1
September 1, 2017 at 07:26:18
Not done it myself (and I have two Mac systems; and have stuff stored/shared on my NAS) but it can be done various ways.

This Apple-land article may be a starting pint for consideration:

https://discussions.apple.com/threa...

And this is another approach:

https://www.macworld.com/article/21...

Important thing to remember is to ensure that any important content is not only "in the Cloud" or Dropbox etc. - but also on at least one (preferably more than one) hard drive too; and really critical stuff even on DVD. For serious SoHo environments perhaps consider getting a simple twin hard drive NAS - configured as mirrored system.


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September 1, 2017 at 07:35:07
This sounds like the standard use case for NAS. If I'm reading your requirements right, your friend wants to access these files away from home. That means the NAS in question would be some cloud storage service, since no one actually wants to manage an Internet accessible NAS from home.

Dropbox is popular enough and old enough that there should be some Mac program out there that'll do syncing for you.

Google Drive's another option. If you're all-in with their web-based Office stuff, you get real-time updates to those files. Not sure about the auto syncing part. Might have to spend more time in a web browser than you were expecting. Google in a nutshell, really.

Microsoft OneDrive is technically an option. It's free if you bought in to the whole Office 365 thing. The Office apps will supposedly automatically save to/pull from the cloud. I don't have any experience with the Mac versions and I'm told the OneDrive support for Mac systems is lacking.

They all have free options available, so play around and find the least offensive option?

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#3
September 1, 2017 at 17:37:49
MAC uses Icloud to sync files between devices. Depending on configuration either Manual sync or automatic sync the targeted folders. I think the free Icloud account has limited storage and you can buy more storage of course.

https://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/...

Strange that some apple users can't figure out how to use apple devices.
The perception is that all apple devices are intuitive and easy to use.... or was it...


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#4
September 2, 2017 at 00:15:47
Basic functions, operations on Apple kit are pretty simple; more or less intuitive. The more advanced functions, operations are somewhat less so...

Years ago I spent an hour so in a library at Universuty of Iowa trying out early IBM, one of the first clones of IBM kit - and early Mac. I can't recall the name of the IBM clone but it was targeted at students; ran on early msdos and had early windows; and it was cheap. The Mac was a simple all in one unit with an external keyboard of course and a rodent.

After an hour at most, I could use the Mac very easily; especially its word processor and one or two other apps.; but on the ibm/msdos kit I was still much in the dark on just about everything that they offered. Today, I suggest, the difference between the two systems is less in terms of user-friendliness; which is not surprising since MS have sought to emulate much the Apple gui interface etc..

Where Apple requires a little more time and savvy, compared to basic functions, is in some of their once advanced but now more commonplace functions. Sadly Apple developers have drifted into the practice of fixing what ain't broke, hiding some once easily found options, and generally ignoring their original design; all of which was a strong selling point. Apple's development of the tablet has made basic functions simple (and again been copied by others in some areas), but there is a modest learning curve (as with all new kit).

Apple does innovate, but often fails to listen to and heed feedback from end-users; but then so do MS - especially when it comes to operating systems and applicarions (the Office Suite especially).

Having growed up with msdos etc., dun an msce (NT4x - didn't go further as it became clear certification was (is) a money spinner for M$ as certification has a limited life) and kept across all M$ operating systems, upto win-7 at least. I went to a Macbook 7 yrs ago, and a Mac Mini 2yrs later; both dual booting with win-7. I rarely use win-7, unless the application or utility I want to use either doesn't exist on Macs, or I have already on a windows system, be it free/shareware or paid for. I do find. the built-in dvd utility on a Mac a lot less user-friendly than the equivalent windows utillities (whichever).

The inter-connection with iCloud and how it affects other Mac kit "is" a pain; as it's all buried away and one has to hunt for helpful info. Also it is somewhat restrictive as to what one can do in terms isolating a given device from some inter-actions re' iCloud. But the general cloud system does work rather well - once you're familiar with how to access its functions, options, setup. Problem is the setup etc. and i terfacing with windows systems.... Mac Mail is better than Outlook for larger attachments - uses iCloud as means of overcoming restrictions imposed by a given isp on size of mail attachments.

Windows terminolgy has been well promoted; and there are a lot more books about re' windows systems, but only a few for Macs. Sadly Apple volumes are much fewer, and Apple don't appear to be too concerned about lack opbuilt-in help. Although they do have pretty good (excellent?) on-line tutorials and resources - once you find them.

Fair to say that if wishing to sync windows kit it's no easier than with Macs. For both systems there is a learning curve...


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September 2, 2017 at 09:44:46
Guys you are all legends thank you so much for all your suggestions. I will look into them all, icloud probably be the easiest i think but depends on if she wishes to pay for extra storage. Thanks again guys i'll come back with results as soon we've implemented something.

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