How do I install and configure SyncBack?

Potential Symptoms

  • How to Install and Configure SyncBack so it can be used to back-up, restore, and synchronize files and directories for Digital Media Players (DMP's)?

This article will explain how to setup and use the SyncBack Utility. This application allows vital information to be copied onto a backup computer.  With proper mirroring, the computers can be switched between primary and backup systems with minimal interruption of display use. 

Environment

  • Product Family: Control System
  • Product:
  • Component: SyncBack
  • Control System: DMP-7000 Primary/Back up

Resolution

Profile Setup

  1. Follow this link to download the installer on the back up machine-  https://www.2brightsparks.com/download-syncbackfree.html
  2. Double click the desktop shortcut to begin SyncBack on the backup DMP computer
  3. Choose "Yes" to create a profile
  4. Choose "Backup" as the profile type, click "OK" and proceed to the next step.
            
  5. Choose a profile name that explains the purpose of the profile:
    • For DMP-7000 "V7000 Mirror"
    • For DMP-8000 "8000MirrorContent"
  6. Select "OK".
  7. Simple Tab: Reference the figure below while setting up the configuration in the Profile Setup dialog box.
    • Source -the location of the content on the primary computer that should be backed up.
    • Destination field should be local - 
    • On DMP-7000 machines it would be either C:\V7000\ (2RU computer) or D:\V7000\ (3RU computer)
    • On DMP-8000 machines, it would be the Content folder
    • Sub-dirs field, choose "Include all sub-directories and their files (and use the directory filter)".
    • Simple tab, choose "Backup the source directory files, including all its sub-directories".
    • Click "Apply"
  8.   Advanced Tab
    • What to do if the same file has been changed in the course and destination
      • Choose: Source overwrites destination always (backup)
    • What to do if a file is in the source but not in the destination
      • Choose: Copy file to destination
    • What to do if a file is in the destination but not in the source
      • Choose: Do nothing, skip the file.
        sync back advanced tab.png
  9. Copy/Delete Tab It is advised to use the program default settings shown below:
  10. Filter Tab
    • Remove *.* from the "File to Copy" box.
    • Under "Files NOT to copy" list. Add V7Shell.AVI & V7VE.AVI
    • Verify the wildcard character (*) under directories to copy.
    • Click the "Add" button under "Files to copy" and proceed to the next step.
      • Each file type must be added individually. Use the wildcard (*) before the period preceding the file extension. After entering the value, click "OK".  Example: *.AVI
      • For DMP-7000 mirroring, typical file types to copy include: AVI, BMP, CA7, DC, DCG, DCP, JPG, ITF, PNG, SD7, SC7, SQ7, SP7, TI7, TXT, VLC, VMPF, WAV
      • For DMP-8000 mirroring, typical file types to copy include: AVI, BMP, CSS, DPF, EOT, GIF, HTM, HTML, JPEG, JPG, JS, JSON, LAYOUT, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPG, OGG, PNG, SCRIPT, SVG, SVGZ, SWF, TGA, TFF, TIF, URI, VMPL, VMPF, WAV, WEBM, WMV, WOFF, XML - do not sync the media/fusion database.

        Note: For DMP-8000, the DID and DSRC files may be copied as well using a separate Syncback profile.  If electing to include these file types, please setup additional profiles in Syncback and ensure these directories are shared on the source computer:
        C:\ProgramData\Daktronics\DDS\DID
        C:\ProgramData\Daktronics\Vnet4\Data

        sync back filter tab.png
  11. Sub-directories Tab
    • Shown with default settings. (Nothing is checked.)
    • When all tabs in the Profile Setup are configured as desired, click "OK"
  12. Choose "No" to skip the simulation run.
    • SyncBack should now display the new profile and list it as being "Not Scheduled."
       

Create the Schedule

  1. Right click the new profile and choose "Schedule" from the menu.
  2. Click "Yes" to create a schedule
  3. Click "OK" on the Warning prompt.
  4. Task Tab
    • Choose to "Run as:" a local user - This field should already be filled in as the current user and may not require change.  If not present, this would most likely be: "Run as: <Computer name>\V7000 or <Computer name>\Content"
    • Click the "Set password…" button and enter password for the specified user.
    • Note:  Blank passwords are generally not allowed or advised.
  5. Schedule Tab
    • Configure this tab with the settings seen in the figure to the below.
  6. Advanced Schedule Options:
    • Configure the "Start Date:" to be a past date and check "Repeat task".  Complete the remaining options with the settings in the figure below. When finished, click "OK".
    • Note:  Leave the "End Date:" checkbox unchecked.
    • Note: If time doesn't set, duration may need to be set to 24 hours.
  7. Settings Tab:
    • Default settings are advised with the exception of the "Wake the computer to run this task" checkbox.
    • Remove its check mark, click "OK" and proceed to the next step.
  8. Scheduling configuration is complete, click "OK".

Manually Run the Application

It is advisable to manually run SyncBack prior to an event to ensure the primary computer and backup

  1. To run the backup manually, right click on the profile name  and choose "Run" from the menu.
  2. Once the backup runs for the first time, a "Differences for profile" box will appear to list differences between the source and destination. To make the noted changes to the destination, click "Continue Run".
  3. When backup up is complete, the result column should indicate "Success".

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