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Sync Folders Overview

The Sync Folders feature, also referred to as Laptop Sync, allows you to synchronize a set of files and folders with up to three computers at once. This feature can be useful for those remote users who want to synchronize files on their computer with their office computer. With the help of Sync folders, you can keep your data backed up, synchronized, and accessible from any device.

Synchronization can be bi-directional or one-directional. When you make a change, remove, or add files on one of the computers, the files on the other participating computers are synchronized automatically.

Sync Folders are configured from the Web Console, and can optionally be managed using the Explorer Plug-In.

Advantages of Using Sync Folders

Supports PC, Macintosh, and Linux

You can synchronize data between Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers.

Private Cloud

During synchronization, the data in your Sync Folders are stored in the privacy of your Commvault cloud, as opposed to other solutions where the data is sent to public domains.

Real-time Sync

When a change is made to one of your files, they are immediately synchronized and available on your computers.

Multiple Sync Modes

You can configure one-way or two-way synchronization between your computers.

Anywhere, anytime access

Rather than emailing files to yourself, Sync Folders help you keep the data across your computers synchronized and accessible from any device.

Sync Modes

Each computer that participates in a Sync Folder can have one of the following synchronization modes:s:

Two-Way Sync

The computer sends files to and receives files from other participating computers.

One-Way Sync to other computers

The computer sends files to but does not receive files from other participating computers.

One-Way Sync from other computers

The computer does not send files to but receives files from other participating computers.

Sync Folders Vs Edge Drive

The following table lists the difference between synchronizing data using Sync Folders and Edge Drive:

 

Sync Folders

Edge Drive

What is it?

A Web Console operation that will synchronize the data residing in multiple folders with other laptop computers owned by the user.

Cloud-based storage solution that allows you to store files and folders in your Edge Drive repository and automatically synchronize the data across all your Edge Drive enabled devices and the Web Console.

How is synchronization initiated?

You must manually configure the sync folders on the Web Console.

When you designate an Edge Drive folder on your laptop, files in your Edge Drive repository are automatically synchronized with the Edge Drive folder. Similarly, files modified within the Edge Drive folder on your laptop computer are synchronized automatically with your Edge Drive repository and updated across all your Edge Drive enabled devices and the Web Console.

How many folders can be synchronized?

Using Sync Folders, you can synchronize the data in multiple folders with other laptop computers,

Using Edge Drive, data residing only in the assigned Edge Drive folder is synchronized with your Edge Drive repository.

What are the operations allowed on synchronized files?

Files synchronized using Sync Folder operations can be previewed, downloaded to local computer, or restored to a different location from the Web Console.

Edge Drive files are previewed and downloaded from Web Console or Edge Drive enabled devices to the local computer or device.

For more information on using Edge Drive, see Edge Drive - End Users.

Last modified: 8/30/2018 2:54:32 PM