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By matt5968 ·
I have nt 4.0 server. I would like to replicate a data base folder to a nt workstation. Can I do this? From what I understand the default replication expors the users info or sam data base. Can I add other folders to replicate. Thanks and How?

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by Magetower In reply to replication

Yes you can but this does not do file syncronization. Replication just makes copies of files from one location to another which is OK if you do not plan to have the users make changes to the databases on the workstation.

You first need to set up an account for the replication service to use. If both systems are on a domain then create it at the domain level. If not it will need to be created on each system.

The account needs to be part of the Backup Operators Group and the Replicator Group on each system.

By default replication uses the \WINNT\SYSTEM32\REPL\EXPORT directory on the export server and \WINNT\SYSTEM32\REPL\IMPORT on the import server. You can change this to any directory you want but you have to indicate an entire directory to replicate not individual files.

You can use Server Manager or open the Control Panel/Services on the local system and dbl-click the Directory Replicator service to bring up its properties. Change the startup to Automatic and tell it to use the account and password you just created. (by the way its a good idea to flag the Cannot change password on the account)

Go back to the control panel and dbl-clk Server to open it and click Replication button. On the server set the Export directory to whatever (use the Manage button or type in the whole path) and on the workstation set the Import directory. Add the workstation to the To list on the server and the server in the From list on the workstation.

Make sure the Directory Replicator service is running. After awhile you should see the directory on the workstation fill up with the stuff from the server. Give it at least 10 min.

Replication is not full-proof so check the logs on the systems if it doen's seem to be working to see if there is a problem. Stop/start the service if you need to.

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by MtnSqs In reply to replication

Why are you wanting to replicate the database folder?

If you want a truly replicated db - i.e. for fster access, then you need to use the db admin systems to set up true replcation. It may not work with NT workstationa s most decent DB's only work on server's.

If the second copy is only an offline copy for reporting etc, then use the Db backup & restore - DONT EVER just copy DB files - it will not reliably work.

If it is for some sort of hot standby backup, then use the DB admin utilities to do the backup to a specified location - share the drive or directory on the workstation with the server login having access.

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