Synchronize data via rSync with DeltaCopy

Synchronize data via rSync with DeltaCopy

To synchronize directories with each other based on rSync, tools like DeltaCopy help. With the free open source program, two directories in macOS X or Windows can be synchronized against each other. It is managed via a graphical user interface.

Synchronize data via rSync with DeltaCopy

Data loss can be avoided by synchronizing files and directories based on the Linux tool rSync. Similar to Robocopy, users specify a source and a destination directory. These two directories are then automatically synchronized with each other. In macOS X, the tool arRsync offers these options, and there is also a corresponding port for Windows based on cygwin.

DeltaCopy is the Windows implementation of rSync. During the setup process, the tool defines where the data should be synchronized to and how the synchronization should be performed. The software can synchronize two directories with each other, or copy the source directory to the target directory. The overwriting of files can also be controlled.

The tool also supports incremental synchronization of data here. The advantage of rSync is that changed data does not have to be transferred completely, but only the changed data is copied. This saves a lot of time and network bandwidth, especially with very large data.

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Using and setting up DeltaCopy

After installing DeltaCopy, the graphical user interface of the tool is available. If desired, the tool can also be registered as a system service. To do this, the “Register Windows Service” button must be pressed. After the service has been installed, it still has to be started. For this purpose, a user should be created in the local user administration (lusrmgr.msc) of the computer with which the system service can start.

The server service can also start with a local administrator account or with a domain account. For this purpose, the login data must be entered in the “DeltaCopy Server” system service. The “DeltaS.exe” tool is used to start the administration of the server service. DeltaCopy thus consists of server service and a client.

Synchronizing directories

As soon as the server part of DeltaCopy is working, the target directory can be specified via the “Virtual Directories” tab in the “DeltaCopy Server Console”. The DeltaCopy server synchronizes its data to this directory. The further configuration is finally carried out with the Delta Copy client (DeltaC.exe). Here, a new profile is first set up and the DeltaCopy server created is stored as the target. As soon as the client has established a connection to the server, the target directory for the corresponding job can be selected. The connection can be checked with “Test Connection”.

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The profile is then displayed in the client console. On the “File List” tab, users enter the source directory that is to be synchronized with the selected target directory. The synchronization can be carried out via the context menu of the job with “Run now”. The processes for synchronization are displayed in the task manager. Here you can see that DeltaCopy uses rSync.

On the Options tab, various customizations are available to determine how the data is copied. For example, “Remove deleted files from server” can be used to specify that files users delete in the source directory are also deleted in the server’s destination directory.

Use advanced options – e-mail notifications and co.

Via the “Edit” menu item, users can still configure notifications for the backup jobs using “ModiFy Email Configuration”. For this, only the SMTP data of the email server must be entered as well as the recipient address. The number of retries in case of errors can also be controlled here.