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Push updates and sync folders RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Two things...first is let WHS download and manage my updates and patches. It knows what types of operating systems are on my network so it could download the files. Then when my PC's go to update, they can check to see if the files are on my WHS before downloading them from the 'net. This could be transparent to the user which would keep the interface simple.

    Second, implement a sync function where I can mark a file or folder for synchronization and WHS will make sure that my local copy is always in sync with the server copy. It's not always possible to work with the server's version of a file and copying files manually every time I take my laptop somewhere doesn't sound fun. It would also be cool if new music added to the server would sync with all the MP3 players that attach to the network (I still don't know how MS plans to handle the licensing for this thing).
    Wednesday, February 21, 2007 4:54 PM

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  • First one, Windows Servers have what's know as WSUS, or Windows Software Update Services, which basically does this. The UI is pretty simple, and once setup, you simply approve updates that are then pushed to the desktops/laptops. If WSUS worked on WHS, that would be great for the "Sam" users, and maybe in a later Service Pack or release there would be a implemented option for WSUS on WHS. Allowing us to use the Connect CD to have that PC get it's updates from ones approved on the WHS.

    Second, Windows already has a feature like this.. the ill fated, and quite underused Briefcase folder. For instance, if you Right Click on My Desktop, and select New > Briefcase it will create a new folder with a Briefcase icon. Now, copy any file you want synchronized from the Share into the Briefcase folder. Then, whenever this file or folder is updated, you can synchronize to the latest version in both locations, or I believe it automatically does this. It's one of those little things that I know about, but don't use. :D
    Wednesday, February 21, 2007 5:40 PM
  • Ah, I've seen the WSUS floating around on other posts but didn't look into what it was. Is the briefcase still around? Wow, I'd forgotten all about that.
    Wednesday, February 21, 2007 6:20 PM
  • I know Briefcase is still in XP.. I was actually surprised to see it still. Haven't checked in my Vista machine. The only reason I knew it still existed is one of the users here had some Briefcase folders on her desktop... because.. she liked the way they looked.
    Wednesday, February 21, 2007 6:36 PM