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By mtuppen ·
We have Novell Netware 5 servers servicing our file and print services. There is data needs to be syncronized between servers at different sites. I am aware that Novell can do this with their replication services but the Novell techs at our site arehesitant to install it as they have enough work looking after what is already there. They also don't want to put any more load on the Netware servers.

At the moment we are getting around the problem with DOS batch files and various other cusomized scripts (including an old Qbasic program I wrote) that we run from an NT workstation with mapped novell drives. The problem I have is that they're not that efficient and they don't always do everything they should ie. with syncronisation you only want to copy modified files and you want to delete files on the destination that aren't on the source - this can involve some intelligent programming.

I've searched on the net for various utilities / scripts / programs that will do the job but haven't successfully found anything that is better than what I already have. There was one utility I tried that seemed good but didn't do everything it said it was doing.

Does anyone have a way / program / script (ie. vbscript) / suggestion that willdo it better?

Thanks,
Mike.

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by Bill_W In reply to File Syncronization

Curly one.

My personal preference here would be using Novell's toolbox (off support.novell.com) on the server, and develop an NCF file (ie a novell batch file - details later) that will copy from server to server. This means that a workstation doesn't need to be on, and the transfer is server-server, rather than server-workstatio-server.

The second part is to use cron to schedule the NCF (or ncfs) to run at certain times. Get cron from support.novell.com as well.

An off-the-top-of-my-pointed-head NCF would be a bit like this:

load toolbox
auth superuser/password
copy server1\data:\datadir\*.* server2\d...
copy server1\data:\datadir\*.* server3\d...
etc etc
unload toolbox

You will need to check syntax for the copy command, of course.

And you will need to have cron loaded in autoexec.ncf, of course, plus a crontab file set up with the ncf/time/days etc etc.

Other people may have other ideas based on netbasic, but I LIKE toolbox.

Anyway, see how you go.

Bill

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by mtuppen In reply to File Syncronization

Bill,

Thanks for your comments, but unfortunately it's not quite what I'm after because:
1. This solution will increase the load on the Netware servers (which the Novell techs don't want to do),
2. It won't do tricky things like delete files / directories on the destination that aren't on the source (unless there is a switch to do so, but I can't see one - then again, I do have a cold at the moment so I may not be looking as intently as I should),
3. I, personally, don't have supervisory access to the Novell servers so I would need to involve one of the Novell techs (who are quite busy)

Thanks,
Mike

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by JimBb In reply to File Syncronization

Mike,

Try here:
http://www.netwarefiles.com/filemgmt.htm
It's a collection of shareware/freeware utilities, and I'm sure there is something you can use. Araxis Merge for example, quote:
"Araxis Merge 99 Professional is a two- and three-way file comparison/merging and folder synchronization application featuring side-by-side file diff, merging with in-place editing, directory hierarchy comparison/merging and full printing support."
unquote. And there are more.

Jim

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by mtuppen In reply to File Syncronization

This is a good link and contains some handy utilities - I've actually been here once before, but nothing the netware guy's wanted to use (they're fussy). Thanks for a reminder of the link, though.

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by WeluvM$? In reply to File Syncronization

We currently utilise Arcserve (backup software) to perform this function. Within the Copy process you have the option to do a 'Mirror Copy' which can delete destination files that no longer exist on the source. It is also much more secure than DOStype copying which will generally have to contain a username and password combination.

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by mtuppen In reply to File Syncronization

We actually have Arcserve installed, but we're having a problem with the patch levels on the servers not being up to date and, therefore, the copy function not functioning. The netware dudes inform me that they're working on the problem and doing itthrough Arcserve may be a viable solution if they can get the patch levels right (we have many servers).

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by jpt In reply to File Syncronization

Try to look at NWCOPY it will do the job.

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by mtuppen In reply to File Syncronization

This looks like a good utility (after I finally found the URL for it). I'm getting the netware guys to check it out for me and see what they think. Although, if they get Arcserve working then we may not need it.

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