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We have tested three Windows sync clients (FreeFileSync, Unison & cwRsync) with our Linux hosted group fileservers. FreeFileSync seems to be the easiest to get running on your PC/laptop, does not require interaction at the Windows command line & requires no software to be installed on the fileserver.

FreeFileSync

Available from https://www.freefilesync.org/. Open the downloaded .exe file to install.

Extremely easy to set up. Basic usage is intuitive even before looking at that section of the manual at https://www.freefilesync.org/manual.php. Rollover help on buttons and symbols is useful as is the basic left-to-right flow of Compare - Filter - Synchronize, each stage having a Settings button for adjustment.

Interface shows left-hand files location (local Windows PC/laptop) and right-hand (group fileserver) location. The latter accepts the path to your share on the fileserver e.g. //<group>-fs/nethome (with either forward- or back-slashes) or the drive letter for this network mount e.g. Z:\.

Unison

Our notes on Unison can be seen here.

cwRsync

Our notes cwRsync can be seen here.

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