Working With File Scanning Sync
How File Scanning Sync Works
When you configure a file scanning sync operation, you specify which content from the source server you want to synchronize to the target server. DynaCenter writes only changed or new content to the disk on the target server, which maximizes the efficiency of the file scanning sync operation.
It is considered best practice to quiesce or pause applications that operate on volatile data, such as databases, before you initiate a sync operation. Quiescing applications ensures that no data is cached in memory, thereby guaranteeing file and application consistency. You can manually quiesce services or use the extensible quiescing framework provided by DynaCenter to quiecse services on the source and target servers you are synchronizing.
How To: Stop and start services as part of a sync operation explains how to configure the sync operation to quiecse services as part of a sync operation.
Basic File Scanning Sync Operation
The basic file scanning sync operation synchronizes all of the content from the source server to the target server except for files and directories that contain system configuration information that is specific to the network identity and personality of the target server. To ensure that these system-specific files are not overwritten by the sync operation, DynaCenter uses a global exclude list.
Advanced File Scanning Sync Operations
When the basic file scanning sync operation does not provide the granular control over the sync operation that you need for a specific environment or for a specific server, you can customize your sync operation in the following ways:
- by specifying which files and directories to include or exclude from the sync operation
- by defining the size of the blocks used to synchronize content
- by customizing or ignoring the global exclude list
Caution: If you customize or ignore the global exclude list, you must ensure that server-specific system configuration files on the target server are not synchronized.
- by customizing the sync depot used for the sync operation