Originally Posted by btiltman
I use a windows program called 'Allway Sync' http://allwaysync.com/?a=1
I have set up a job to do a one way sync to the Dune's at the same time and it works well. I paid for a license in the end as my usage exceeded the 'reasonable use' limits of the free version and I like the product.
*(I only did this after the last firmware update slowed down the browsing of the index. Prior to that I was quite happy with the speed across the lan with 1700 titles.)
Well, I've been using allwaysync for about two weeks now and thus far it seems like it's doing everything I need it to do successfully. However, I have two issues with it. First, like you, I exceeded "moderate use" or whatever they call it and it looks like I'll need to buy a license as well if I want to continue to use it. For $20, that's not really a big deal if it works perfectly. But I'm concerned about the second issue. It seems as though each sync takes nearly two hours to complete. I currently have three D1s in my network, soon to add a fourth (HT, living room, master BR, kids playroom). If it takes 8 hours to sync all four units, no wonder I'm exceeding moderate use. Also, I'm going to run out of downtime over night in order to complete the sync. And this isn't just the initial sync with a new device. This is supposedly just pushing the changes (which exceed nearly 10,000 files each sync, each device. Now I haven't spent a whole lot of time configuring this because there wasn't much to configure, and I know it's not rewriting everything because it skips over 10,000 files as well. But seriously, what are all of these files? My movie collection is about 1,100 movies/TV series discs. I set it to sync each night so that I never have to do it manually. With the rate at which we pick up movies for the kids, and after the holidays, I'm adding a new disc every few days. And when I add a new disc, the family is excited to see it, so I want it to show up ASAP, not a week later or something like that. Anyway, there's my update on allwaysync.
As for the windows interfact of rsync, I'm still striking out on this one. I continue to get messages that say that the sync was performed successfully and that it was performed at the scheduled time. I get no error messages, and everything appears to be configured properly based on the few updates I've gotten from people on this forum like Scott. But, the files don't show up in the Dune and the movies aren't added to the index. So whatever it says it's doing, it's not actually doing. I'd work harder at troubleshooting it, but for now allwaysync seems to be a better place to put my effort because at least it's working in spite of the above issues.
Why do I feel like I need to go back to school and take a few IT classes just to keep more than one D1 up to date? It shouldn't be this hard for something this silly. I wish that I could just point my shortcut to the index on the server and that it would browse it fast enough and that there wasn't an issue with opening too many simultaneous SMB shares.