Tag Archives: Data Migration

Server Migration – Getting off 2008 R2

The time is clicking as more and more system administrators are migrating from windows servers 2008 R2. We are seeing more administrators migrating to Windows Server 2016 than ever before. This is mainly because Windows Server 2016 has shown to be a lot more robust than its predecessor (Windows 2012 R2). Furthermore, a lot more trusted than Windows Server 2019.

As a company in the technology field, we are always evaluating and testing the latest. So most of our servers are running windows server 2019.

According to our system administrators, windows server 2019 has been the most stable they have seen and its performance is far more superior to all previous windows versions including windows server 2016.

However, one of the main obstacles that could prevent system administrators to go to windows server 2019 is not only the skepticism to jump to the latest. It could very well be not compatible with the software applications that are supposed to be loaded on it. Software vendors do not certify their software fast enough or at times they may need to make changes.

As a company that specializes in data migration, we start to test our products since the tech preview II of any operating system. This is mainly because we need to ensure that we are fully compatible with the latest operating system the day it launches.

With that said, we do want to share that we noticed the speed in data copying to windows server 2019 when you compare it to windows server 2016 was that windows server 2019 was about 6 times faster. This alone makes an appealing argument to switch files servers to windows server 2019 instead.

Of course, make sure you do your own testing before you go to production.

RSYNC for Windows and CWRSync

Many of our customers choose GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise as an alternative for RSYNC for Windows.

RSYNC for windows is a great tool do not get me wrong. The main problem with it is that it lacks the performance that is offered in today’s technology and the fact that it is not very intuitive to get it working properly.

GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise works very similar to RSYNC and RSYCN for Windows  (CwRSync) yet it is much more robust and offers many features that RSYNC lacks.

GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise Features:

1) Robust performance using proprietary multi threading technology where several files can get copied simultaneously. What RSYNC completes in 3 hours, GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise can complete in a fraction of that time.

2) Files can be copied though a single (configurable) TCP port with the option to use AES encryption and compression or use SMB path (\\UNC).

3) Files can be replicated at block level or file level.

4) Runs as a service, can be scheduled to run at specific time and repeat on set criteria (fixed interval, every weekday, end of the month…etc).

5) Support environment variables.

6) Beside full automation and set it and forget it mentality, it can send email notifications when the copy job fails or successful or both.

7) Installation, configuration and working in matter of minutes.

8) Extremely easy and intuitive logical design. In addition to a powerful yet simple GUI, command line support is also supported out of the box.

9) Support for long path names, copies NTFS ACL permissions, and replicates file and folder attributes, date and time-stamps, copy open and locked files.

10) GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise is fully documented (admin guide and video library with many different examples) in addition to fully support by GuruSquad premier support.

Whether you are looking for RSYNC or CwRSync, you will find GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise by far a much better alternative when it comes to data replication and data migration projects.

If you are searching for an RSYNC for windows alternative, then we highly recommend that you download and trial GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise and we promise you that you will be very impressed by the results.

Copy data from Amazon AWS EC2 to the datacenter

It is has been very common to see companies and organizations take advantage of deploying virtual machine instances in Amazon EC2 cloud. The main obstacle they face is how to keep the data on these servers backed up in their own company’s data center as a way of backup. It could also be the other way around where data needs to be replicated from their datacenter to VMs deployed in Amazon EC2 connected via VPN tunnel.

GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise has helped many customers facing these challenges by replicating files and folders (data) between their datacenter and the Amazon AWS EC2 cloud. GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise offers features like copying files over a single TCP port where the client gets installed on the source and a lightweight agent gets installed on the destination and data is transmitted between them. To conserve on bandwidth consumption, GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise comes with byte-level replication where only the deltas in the file are sent instead of sending the whole file every time it is changed.

The great news is that this solution does not only work with the AWS cloud but works with any other cloud provider for as long as both instances (datacenter and cloud) are running MS Windows operating systems. Cloud providers could be AWS, Microsoft Azure, RackSpace, …etc.

GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise runs on the following operating systems:

  • MS Windows 2012 R2
  • MS Windows 2012
  • MS Windows 2008 R2
  • MS Windows 2003 (64 and 32 bit systems are supported).
  • Or even windows workstation OS such as Windows 7 or later.

Below are two different ways to use GS RichCopy 360 Enterprise to replicate data (files and folders) from the datacenter to Amazon AWS EC2.

1) This scenario shows multiple data centers connected to Amazon AWS VM EC2 instances using Amazon VPC (VPN tunnels).



2) This scenario shows one server from datacenter replicating its data (files and folders) to an EC2 instance in Amazon AWS across the internet. (not the data transmission is using a single port which is fully encrypted using AES 256 encryption).