This is a bit of a lazyweb request, hoping that someone out there has already cracked this nut and is willing to tell me what they learned.
But I'd like to do two additional things, both of which make FolderShare problematic:
- Sync a much larger tree of folders. This is where I run into FolderShare's 10,000 files per "collection" limit. That's becoming a show-stopper for me.
- Include a Linux client in the mix, if at all possible.
Ideally, I'd like a similar "set it and forget it" tool that just runs in the background, does the Right Thing in most cases, and which is intelligent about recognizing those times when both computers are on the same LAN (and therefore can sync very quickly peer-to-peer without a server in the middle).
Looking at the options out there, I've seen two credible solutions, both of which have annoying aspects.
A lot of folks consider BeInSync a sort of FolderShare on steroids. But it seems to require that all of my data be synced to one of their servers out in the cloud. I'm not sure I like that. I already have Mozy doing that on my laptop for backup purposes. I wonder if someone could build a tool that works with Mozy to accomplish what I need. Hmm.
Secondly, BeInSync isn't cross-platform, so it's not going to help with my goal of including a Linux host.
On the plus side, it's written in Java and is therefore cross-platform. It also has pre-build synchronization profiles that seem built to solve most of the common cases.
I'm a bit hesitant to build my own thing using cygwin, rsync, and whatever else I'd need to string together. Inevitably it'd require a server out there to be involved. That's okay, since it'd be my own server, but I have that nagging feeling that this is already a largely solved problem.
Have you managed to solve this problem? If so, how?
Posted by jzawodn at November 30, 2007 08:55 AM