Having a Windows Home Server is a great way to store your videos, pictures and files so how do you manage the files between your PCs and the server? How do you synchronize files between multiple drives? Microsoft provided an answer. SyncToy 2.1
We all have a lot of data that we store and manage. I have 6 PCs at home, each with different functions, and it was difficult to manage the data files on each PC. Of course WHS kept them backed up but I was always dragging files to the server and then deleting old folders and trying to remember which folder had which version of each file. What a pain.
The solution? SyncToy by Microsoft. SyncToy has been around for a while but has not received any real attention. It is a real simple way to synchronize folders.
Download Link and Installation
Download and installation is easy. The link for SyncToy 2.1 is:
SyncToy is a very simple tool. Double click on the icon. Create a link to a pair of folders:
Choose the type of Sync you want to perform:
Name the Sync:
Run the Sync:
Mental note: Microsoft has a disclaimer on this tool.
This tool is not part of Windows:
Note: We’ve taken great care to ensure that this tool operates as it should, but it is not part of Windows and is not supported by Microsoft Technical Support. For this reason, Microsoft Technical Support is unable to answer questions about SyncToy. To speak to other users and contribute feedback about your experiences with SyncToy, please use the SyncToy forum at http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/synctoy/threads.
I am very impressed with this tool. It is quick, easy and a breeze to run. I use the SyncToy at home to make sure my iTunes folder on the WHS always has the latest music files I have bought and downloaded.
I use the tool to sync all of my work files to one of our central servers so my people can always get the latest versions of my database files.I click on All Folder Pairs and run as I am walking out the door and the server is updated while I drive home.
I added WHS folders as drive paths to make it easy to Sync.
See you next Tuesday,