The following use case details the steps for syncing between different operating systems and device types in a mixed environment. This example will demonstrate a sync between a Windows Server and a Linux, Mac OSX, Windows 8.1, and an Android device.
The Windows Server will be set as the primary where all jobs will run. This will ensure ease-of-administration, as well as optimal performance.
The other devices will be configured to listen for connections with GoodSync Connect, so that the server may sync with them effectively.
1) Set all target devices to listen with GoodSync Connect. On the Windows 8.1 machine, navigate to Tools >> GoodSync Connect Setup.
2) Select the “Yes” radio button.
3) If you have an existing GoodSync Connect account, you may choose the “Use my existing GoodSync Connect Account” option. If you do not have a GoodSync Connect account, you may create a new account for free.
You may also manage your GoodSync Connect account(s) here:
4) If you would like to allow access to any network shares on the network from connecting devices, you may also provide the Windows password.
5) Register your account to your device.
a) Windows: click “Apply” to register this GoodSync Connect account to this device.
b) Mac: navigate to the GoodSync menu >> click on “GoodSync Connect Setup.”
Choose the “Connect my computers using GoodSync Connect” radio button >> click “Next.”
Provide your GoodSync Connect credentials here >> click "Login" to register this device.
c) Linux: open the Linux installer >> provide your GoodSync Connect User ID and Password when prompted.
d) Android: open the GoodSync Server app >> enter your GoodSync Connect credentials >>tap "Login" and the Android device will be set to listen for connections.
6) Once the devices have been configured, navigate to the Windows Server to begin creating jobs. Create the first job for the Windows 8.1 machine.
7) Click on the left folder icon to select your source.
8) Choose the “My Computer” file system to select a location on the local disk >> choose the folder containing the data set that should be synced to the Windows device.
9) Click the right folder icon to specify the destination.
10) Choose “GoodSync Connect” from the available file systems >> enter the GoodSync Connect credentials that were used to register the other devices. This will list all the devices currently listening for connections.
11) Select the Windows 8.1 machine and expand its file system.
12) Select the sync folder that will synchronize back to the Windows Server >> click "Ok."
13) Click the “Auto” tab at top-right to configure scheduling and conflict resolution for this job.
NOTE: If the server source folder contains data and is not empty, setting automatic scheduling and clicking “Save” will perform an initial sync to the Windows 8.1 machine. If you would like to wait until all jobs are configured before performing sync, you may set scheduling at a later time.
Setting “Automatically resolve conflicts” to “Newer Files Win” will ensure that the most recently modified file will take priority in a conflict. If desired, you may also choose to rename and keep the losing file, rather than delete.
14) Follow the same process for the remaining devices:
- Create a job on the Windows Server for the device
- Select the sync folder on the source server
- Select the sync folder on the destination device
- Set scheduling and conflict resolution as desired
Once all jobs have been configured, data will sync between these devices and the Windows Server according to user-specified scheduling.