The following use case details the steps for creating a disaster recovery node in the event of data loss. This example will detail the process using two Windows Servers.
1) Set the target DR server to listen with GoodSync Connect. Open the GoodSync application on the DR server. If a job has never been configured, enter a name for a job (e.g. “test”) >> press "Ok."
2) Navigate to Tools >> GoodSync Account Setup.
3) If you have an existing GoodSync Connect account, you may choose the “Use my existing GoodSync Account” option. If you do not have a GoodSync account, you may create a new account for free.
You may also manage your GoodSync Connect account(s) here:
4) Click on "Serve Files from this Computer to GoodSync clients". Optional: If you would like to allow access to any network shares on the network from connecting devices, you may also provide the Windows password. Otherwise, click "Next".
5) Click “Apply” to register the GoodSync account to this device.
6) Once the target machine has been set to listen for connections, navigate to the source server >> create the DR job >> ensure that "Backup" is selected for the job type.
7) For the source folder, choose the “My Computer” file system.
8) Select the location containing the data set that should be replicated to the DR server.
9) Click the right folder icon to specify the destination >> choose “GoodSync Connect” from the available file systems.
10) Enter the GoodSync Connect credentials that were used to register the DR server.
11) This will list the DR server so that you may expand its file system. Specify the destination folder that will receive the data set from the source server >> click "Ok."
12) If you would like to keep files on the DR server regardless of if they were deleted on the source, ensure Propagate deletions is unchecked in the General tab of the job options.
13) Click on the “Auto” tab to configure scheduling for this job.
14) Once the backup job has been configured, data will replicate to the target machine according to user-specified scheduling.
If you would like to run the job manually, click "Analyze" to confirm what changes will be applied, and "Sync" to perform the replication.
15) To restore data from the DR server back to the source server, create a clone of the existing job and reverse the flow of replication. Right-click the existing job >> click "Clone."
16) Name the restore job as desired.
17) Flip the direction of the job by clicking on the arrow between the source and destination folders. Change the flow of replication from left-to-right to right-to-left.
This job may now be used at any point to restore data as needed.
If the primary server crashes, you may make the current DR server the new primary, or restore the DR data to a new server.
The following is an example of how to restore data to a new server.
1) Create the job on the DR server that will restore to the new server.
2) Select the source folder from the local file system.
3) Specify the location of the current DR folder.
4) Select the destination folder from the remote server's file system.
5) Specify the location on the new server that will receive the restored data.
6) Once the job is configured, set scheduling options as needed or perform a manual job run by clicking "Analyze" >> "Sync." The DR data will restore to the new server.