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Working With File Monitoring Sync

How File Monitoring Sync Works

By default, file monitoring sync is the sync mode DynaCenter uses to synchronize Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012 systems. DynaCenter tracks changes to all file systems in real-time and writes only changed or new content in those file systems to the disk on the target server. By monitoring changes to the source server in real-time, the time needed to synchronize the target server is greatly reduced.

Important: If a file system was excluded during the original migration, you must use file scanning sync mode to synchronize the content of that file system. See Temporarily Overriding File Monitoring Sync Mode for more information.

Quiescing Services

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 quiesce services as part of a sync operation.

Basic File Monitoring Sync Operation

The basic file monitoring sync operation synchronizes all of the content from the source server to the target server except for the operating system and other files and directories that contain system configuration information that is specific to the network identity and personality of the target server.

Advanced File Monitoring Sync Operations

When the basic file monitoring 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:


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