[GLLUG] Suggestions for Windows to Linux file copy

Alistair Mann al at pectw.net
Wed Mar 5 23:13:47 UTC 2014

On 05/03/14 21:19, mikee_seward at yahoo.co.uk wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm looking for something to run sceduled files copies from a Windows
> server to a Linux server. Preferably something secure, have found Unison
> so far. Any other suggestions please?

I use a two stage system: vsscopy, then cwRsync.

Windows suffers from declining access to some files when in use. VSSCopy 
gets around this by making a shadow copy: shadow copy uses WinOS 
facilities to make a local copy of an otherwise locked file. VSSCopy 
requires a lot of local space to copy the source to. I look at that as 
an upside as I now have an on-machine copy buy ymmv. VSSCopy is easily 

I then use cwRsync to get the changes to a linux machine. As rsync can 
copy off the deltas instead of full files, it's a bunch faster; as it 
uses SSH, it's not only secure, but can be dealt with use PKE to 
authenticate the transfer so no need for passwords left in batch files.

VSSCopy: http://vsscopy.com
cwRsync: https://www.itefix.no/i2/cwrsync

Alistair Mann

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