The following use case details the steps for syncing a data set to multiple devices.
One device will be chosen as the primary, where jobs will be created (typically this will be the server).
The other devices will be configured to listen for connections with GoodSync Connect so that the primary may sync with them effectively.
1) Set up GoodSync Connect on all desired devices that will be syncing this data set.
To set a target Windows device to listen for connections from a source computer, open the GoodSync application on the target device. If a job has never been configured, enter a name for a job (e.g. “test”) and 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) Do the same for the remaining machines that will listen with GoodSync Connect.
When that process is complete, navigate to the source server and create the jobs that will sync with these machines.
7) Create the first job for device A. Select “Synchronize” and click “Ok.”
8) Click on the left folder icon to select your source.
9) Choose the “My Computer” file system to select a location on the local disk.
10) Choose the folder containing the data set that should be synced to the other devices.
11)Click the right folder icon to specify the destination.
12) Choose “GoodSync Connect” from the available file systems to list all the machines currently listening for connections. All listening devices will enumerate.
13) Select the computer name for device A and expand its file system.
14) Select the sync folder that will synchronize with all other devices and click “Ok.”
15) Click on the “Auto” tab at top-right to configure scheduling and conflict resolution for this job.
On File Change will ensure that changes made to the selected dataset on any device will apply in real-time to the others.
NOTE: If the server source folder contains data and is not empty, selecting On File Change and clicking “Save” will perform the initial sync to device A. 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.
Follow the same process for the remaining devices:
- Create a job for the device
- Select the sync folder on the source server
- Select the sync folder on the destination device
- Set scheduling to On File Change
- Set automatic resolution for conflicts
1) Create a job for the device.
2) Select the sync folder on the source server.
3) Select the sync folder on the destination device.
4) Set scheduling to On File Change.
5) Set automatic resolution for conflicts.
6) Once all jobs have been configured, any changes that are made within this synced folder will replicate to all other devices.
For example, placing a test file in the synced folder on the server will trigger a job run.
7) GoodSync will detect that a file has been placed in this location and detail what changes will be applied to the other device(s).
8) A synchronization will then initiate to apply all changes to the destination sync folder(s). Once the synchronization completes, the data will be the same across all devices.