By Lena / Last Updated August 7, 2020

The Need to Sync Files in Windows Server 2008/2012/2016

“Hi. We have two servers: 1. Windows Server Standard 2. Windows Server 2008 R2. They are located in different offices, both have their own domain and active dir. None have static IP address. We have two small offices and teams and we need to have a shared folder between this two. I would greatly appreciate any help.”, one user asked.

For anyone who owns two or more Windows Servers, syncing files/folders between Windows Servers is a common demand in daily usage. You may want to keep data in multiple servers for different teams up-to-date just like the above user. Or you just want to sync file to another server as a backup to avoid data loss. Whatever the reason, you definitely prefer one quick method to make it. Just keep reading to get the solution to Windows Server 2008/2012/2016 file sync.

Best File Sync Software for Windows Server 2008/2012/2016

Generally, people would like to use the built-in tool to solve problems. In fact, there’s indeed a tool - DFS Replication which can help you sync files between Windows Servers. DFS Replication is a role service in Windows Server that allows you to replicate folders across multiple servers and sites. It was first introduced in Windows Server 2003 R2. Now also applied to Windows Server 2019/2016/2012 (R2)/2008 (R2).


However, the whole process is kind of complicated and time-consuming. In addition, its disadvantages are unavoidable.

  • The servers need to be part of an Active Directory Domain. Otherwise, you cannot properly use the DFS.

  • It only supports NTFS file system which means you cannot sync files with other file systems like FAT or ReFS.

  • You may receive some error code, such as error code: 1706, error code: 9026, error code: 9098, etc.

Fortunately, the DFS Replication is not the only way to sync servers. One comprehensive third-party software named AOMEI Backupper Server can also help you make it. And it offers the easiest data backup and disaster recovery solution.

1. It can help you sync files among Windows Servers without effort. Supports all Windows OS Platforms including Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016 (including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011 and Windows PC systems.

2. It allows you to set custom sync task. You can choose to sync the files daily/weekly/monthly. Or the Real-time Sync feature can help you automatically sync changed (added, modified or removed) files & folders to the target device without delay.

Sync Folders between Windows Servers with AOMEI Backupper Server

Now let’s see how AOMEI Backupper Server works. How about giving it a try? You can click here get 30-day free trial for AOMEI Backupper Server and install it as instructed. Then follow the steps below to sync files among Windows Servers in minutes.

Step 1. First create a shared folder and set up permission for the Windows Servers you want to sync files with. Then, launch AOMEI Backupper Server, and Click Backup and File Sync option in order.

File Sync

Step 2. Name the task > Click + Add Folder to set the files you want to sync.

Add Folder

Step 3. Click the column and choose Share/NAS.

Share Nas

Step 4. Click Add Network Location and fill the blanks with accurate information, and then choose the shared folder you created before.

Type Network Path

Note: Only the files in shared folder can be access and synced. If you cannot see the folder that need be synced, please check if it's shared.

Step 5. Click Schedule to set the schedule task. Or you can choose Real-time Sync to immediately synchronize the files when the tool detects any changes made on the source folder. Finally, click Start Sync to finish creating the sync task.

Real Time Sync

◉ Don't modify the source folder name, otherwise this tool cannot sync files anymore.
◉ AOMEI Backupper currently only supports one-way file sync.
◉ AOMEI Backupper does not sync any files larger than 4GB to target path with FAT32 or FAT file system.
◉ The common schedule sync task does not sync the deleted files. If you need to sync all changes including the deleted files, you could consider using "Real-time Sync".

To access the shared folders on other computers: start Windows Explorer and then click Network> double-click the computer that contains the files that you want to access > type the user name and password to gain access to the computer you are currently connecting. You will see a list of shared folders and double-click one shared folder to access the files in it.


That’s all the info about file sync Windows Server 2008/2012/2016. As you can see, AOMEI Backupper Server is the best file sync software that can help you sync data between 2 servers easily and quickly. With it schedule settings, you can create Windows Server multiple schedules as per your need.

It's not only a file sync software, but also an all-in-one backup and restore software, containing system/disk/partition/file backup, full/incremental/differential backup, event-triggers, USB plug in, dissimilar hardware restore etc. In addition, its advanced version AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus can protect unlimited servers and allows you to deploy system image to multiple computers simultaneously. If needed, please upgrade to enjoy these features.