How to Sync Data between 2 Servers Automatically

Posted by @Ivy

April 10, 2018

In this article, you can get how to sync data between 2 servers automatically. Also, you can choose to manually synchronize files between Windows Server.

Can you sync data between 2 servers automatically?

Today, the majority of users use the Windows-based computer, including Windows 7/8/10/XP. There are many ways to sync data automatically for Windows users. Many Windows-server based computer user may wonder how to sync data between 2 servers automatically. 

In fact, you can find many ways to synchronize files between Windows Servers, but a few ways can do it automatically.

Ways to sync data from one server to another

When it comes to synchronizing data, you may think about many ways. However, a few ways can sync data between 2 servers automatically. Let's see it and find the proper way according to your needs.

Using an external storage media

External storage media, such as USB flash hard drive, is a very portable media. Many people are willing to use it to save their data. Also, it can be used to sync files between Windows Server. 

To sync folders in Windows Server, the first thing is to prepare a USB flash drive or other media. Then, use it as the transfer station and migrate data. 

The detailed steps are as follow:

Step 1. Plug your USB flash drive into one server, copy the files or folders you want to sync and paste it on your USB. After that, safely remove your USB flash drive.

Step 2. Plug your USB hard drive on another server, copy the files you want to sync and paste it on the server.

Synchronizing data through network

If your Windows Servers are on the same network, you can use your local network to transfer your data between 2 servers. 

Step 1. Create a shared folder on your server. To create a shared folder, you can navigate to the folder you create, right-click it and choose Properties, then select the Sharing tab and hit Share to choose who you want to share and set up permissions.

Create Shared Folder

Step 2. Sync files in 2 servers. You can copy and paste the files into the shared folder, then access the shared folder via another server. And as long as you copy and paste files to the shared folder, you can see it on another server.

Employing Windows built-in tool: DFS replication

Whatever operations you do concerned with your computer, you will think about Windows built-in tool. Syncing data is not an exception.

DFS Replication is not installed by default, you need to manually install it via Server Manager.

Step 1. Install DFS Replication. You can navigate to Server Manager>Roles>Add Roles, then follow the prompt on the Add Roles Wizard until the last step.

Step 2. Sync data between two servers. You can click Start>Administrative Tools>DFS Management>Replication> New Replication Group subsequently, then follow the prompt on New Replication Group Wizard until the last step. After you finish all the step, you accomplish your first data sync. 

How to sync data between 2 Windows Servers automatically?

Professional third-party tool: AOMEI Backupper Server

When it comes to professional  file sync backup software, AOMEI Backupper Server is worth a shot. With this software, you can easily sync files/folders automatically in Windows Server.

It means you can receive the newly changed, added or deleted files or folders if you change it on any server. And you still can enjoy more advanced feature, such as System Backup, Disk Backup, File Backup, etc.

To sync data between 2 servers, you can backup it to NAS and access NAS via another server on the same network. Also, you still can directly choose data from the first server, then sync it to a location on the second server.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Server, install and launch it.

Step 2. Open this professional software, click Backup and File Sync subsequently

File Sync

Step 3. Select files to sync. You can click Add Folders> Browse> Share/NAS>Add Share or NAS device subsequently, select the data you want to sync from the server. 

Add Folders on the First Server

Step 4. Select path. You can click Step 2 and Share/NAS, then select a path on another server.


Choose Another Server

Step 5. Set up settings if needed. You can click Schedule and choose whatever option you like. If you do not want to miss any change, you are supposed to choose Real-time Sync.

Configure Schedule Sync

Step 6. Back to the file sync page, click Start Sync.

All above ways can help you sync files between servers. But only the last one can sync files automatically. It tells you how to sync data between 2 servers automatically in a few steps. You can sync between all versions of servers (both 32 bit and 64 bit), including Windows Server 2008(R2)/2012(R2)/2016.