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cbreaker's Journal: Two-way file server replication 3

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I have been looking for decent two-way file replication software either for Windows or Linux for a long time. Until Windows 2003 R2's DFS Replication, I couldn't find a single viable product/application to do it. While Windows 2003 R2's DFS Replication works very well (surprisingly well) I would like to have a non-Microsoft option that doesn't require so many prerequisites (Active Directory, etc) and is a little more lightweight. Something that runs on Linux would be ideal.

If anyone has any suggestions, please, share!

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Two-way file server replication

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  • I'm assuming that since you even looked at Windows Server's DFS you've got windows clients ;) For the vast majority of Linux distributed filesystems, the answer to "windows support" is "use samba", so if your windows machines must absolutely have direct access to the filesystem (for instance, laptops that need access when they're not connected to the network), then you're pretty much stuck with DFS.

    Next, you need to explain what goal you have in mind: are you doing bandwidth-leveling (perhaps you have two

    • by cbreaker (561297)

      In true Microsoft style, DFS Replication is only loosly related to DFS - only in that the tool to manage your replicated folder also has the ability to create DFS links.

      DFS Replication is the new R2 file replication tool. It replaces the File Replication Service (FRS.) It's a little complex in how it works, but for the admin, it's pretty simple. Set up a share on two servers, enable DFS Replication between them, and any changes to files on EITHER server will replicate to the opposite server. You can a

    • by cbreaker (561297)

      CodaFS looks promising, btw. The project looks active but a little scary too - it's not considered "stable" yet it's been under development for two decades.

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