Monitored Robocopy Replication

Replace DFS with a monitored robocopy script.

DFS has been a great system you would use to replicate files from one site to another; however one of the biggest limitations is the inability of monitoring it, IE – daily log to show that:

  • It is still working
  • To show WHAT is getting replicated

As a replacement I have taken a step backwards and setup a robocopy script as a scheduled task to mirror a source in a different location and a second script to send you the logs. Plain and simple.

The robocopy script is as follows:

@ECHO OFF
SETLOCAL

::SET _source=”c:Example Source Folder”
SET _source=
SET _dest=”d:Example Destination Folder”
SET _dest=f:

SET _what=/COPYALL /B /SEC /A-:H /MIR /XD “C:System Volume Information”
:: /COPYALL :: COPY ALL file info

:: /B :: copy files in Backup mode.
:: /SEC :: Copy security Descriptors
:: /MIR :: MIRror a directory tree
:: /XD  :: Copy except for the following folders
:: /XF  :: Exclude file(s) – ie the log file
:: /A   :: Set attributes

SET _options=/R:3 /W:5 /LOG:C:robolog.txt /NP /NDL
:: /R:n :: number of Retries
:: /W:n :: Wait time between retries
:: /LOG :: Output log file; can be placed of a network share
:: /NFL :: No file logging
:: /NDL :: No dir logging
:: /NP  :: No Progress – does not show progress bar

ROBOCOPY %_source% %_dest% %_what% %_options%

Now that we have replication, lets get some logging:

Set objMessage = CreateObject(“CDO.Message”)
objMessage.Subject = “Replication logs”
objMessage.From = “sender@contoso.com”
objMessage.To = “recipient@contoso.com”
objMessage.TextBody = “Please find attached you backup logs.”
objMessage.AddAttachment “c:robolog.txt”
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
(“http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/sendusing“) = 2
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
(“http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/smtpserver“) = “servername
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
(“http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/smtpserverport“) = 25
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Update
objMessage.Send

Suzuki Escudo 2 Door Maximum Tire Size

What is the biggest tire I can fit on a 3 door 89-96 Escudo/Tracker?

OK, I know this question has been asked 101 times from 101 different people:
Majority will come with 195/70/15 from the factory. 235/70/15 will be the biggest tire you can fit on the standard rims.What will this mean to you? About 1″ extra clearance for your diff (ie 195/70).Before:

After:

Replacing/upgrading front springs on Suzuki Escudo/Geo Tracker 1.6, 2Door, 96 with 4Door, v6, 2.0

 

Cost:
$100 – Front V6, 4 Door Trackers Springs.

Before getting into the nitty gritty of the steps, I would like to bunch this up in a summary.
The question this blog will answer is; Does replacing the front springs of you 2 door Tracker with springs from a 4 door give you lift? simply put, yes and there are three considerations.

  1. The 4 door springs are a little longer, matter of about 2 cm or so.
  2. The 4 door springs are harder.
  3. Factory suspension on these rigs has the tendency to sag on the front.

So what about the stiffness and suspension geomery?
Stiffness:
Given the slightly raised suspension and thicker spring one would expect to have a stiffer ride. In my situation whereby the original springs had sagged, the car was riding lower and the strut would have smaller play. This in turn would result in the car “topping up” (please note the pic below).

The desired outcome would imply most amount of play in both directions and give you a little bit more height.

The technical specs behind the springs are:
4 dr 4WD, Front = 508.7lbs, 227mm long
Rear = 173.4lbs, 250mm
4 dr 2WD, Front = 508.7lbs 220mm
Rear = 173.4lbs, 238mm

2 dr 4WD, Front = 452.8lbs, 227mm
Rear = 156.5lbs, 250mm
2dr 2WD, Front = 452.8lbs, 220mm
Rear = 156.5lbs, 238mm

Lets begin.
Ensure your car is up on the jack, secured and your brakes are on.
Remove your front wheel.

Undo the two bolts holding the brake caliper in place. Note these are in the rear of where the picture is showing.

Remove your clip holding your brake cable.

Tie your caliper with string/cable ties out of the way.

Loosen the two bolts holding your strut into place. Size 17 Metric.
Do not remove the bolts! Springs hurt.. Once loosened you will put a jack under your A arm to slowly release the spring compression.

Slowly allow the A arm to drop. Note the second jack used to drop the A arm.

Remove support arm. One bold underneath. Ensure to counter from top.

Once your A arm is dropped remove your spring. I used a crowbar.

Insert new spring. This is a tricky procedure where you normally have to convince it a little. If you have a spring compressor use it; otherwise it comes down to brute force.
The picture details with a spring compressor.

Now that your new spring is in, you will need to begin reassembly.
Reconnect your support arm.

Jack up the A arm to reconnect your strut.

Note I didnt take a picture of this so the brake caliper is on in the picture but that will be the next to re mount.

You have just upgraded your spring and achieved about 4cm of lift.
Note the before:

And after: