Run Qsync as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Install QNAP Qsync as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Automatically start Qsync immediately when your server boots and keep it running 24/7. Ensure that your important files are always synchronized.

QNAP's Qsync utility supports easy file synchronization across multiple devices. The Windows version establishes a shared folder where all your important files and folders are available.

To install Qsync as a Windows Service:

  1. If necessary, download, install and configure Qsync Client.

    Install Qsync Client

  2. Download and install AlwaysUp, if necessary.

  3. Start AlwaysUp.

  4. Select Application > Add to open the Add Application window:

    Add Application

  5. On the General tab:

    • In the Application field, enter the full path to the Qsync executable. By default, Qsync is installed in your Program Files folder so you will likely find it at:

      C:\Program Files (x86)\QNAP\Qsync\Qsync.exe

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call this application in AlwaysUp. We've stuck with the default of Qsync but you can specify another value you like.

    Qsync Windows Service: General Tab

  6. On the Logon tab:

    • Enter the user name and password of the Windows account where you installed and setup Qsync. Qsync should run in this account to find its configuration/settings.

    • If you wish to avoid annoying alerts from the Interactive Services Detection service, check the Hide the application's windows in Session 0 box at the bottom of the window.

    Qsync Windows Service: Logon Tab

  7. Click over to the Startup tab and check the Ensure that the Windows Networking components have started box. This informs AlwaysUp that Qsync needs the TCP/IP networking stack to operate.

    We also recommend checking both the Stop all copies of the application running on this computer and Also whenever the application is restarted boxes. These options will ensure that another copy of Qsync won't prevent the instance launched by AlwaysUp from starting properly.

    Qsync Windows Service: Startup Tab

  8. We are now done configuring Qsync as a windows service so click the Save >> button to record your settings. In a couple of seconds, an application called Qsync will show up in the AlwaysUp window. It is not yet running though, and the state will be "Stopped":

    Qsync Windows Service: Created

  9. Almost done! Now that Qsync will start when your computer boots, we can disable its "launch at login" setting. To do so:

    • Start Qsync normally on your desktop

    • Click Settings in the upper right

    • Move to the Personal tab

    • Uncheck the Launch Qsync at startup box

    • Click the OK button to go back Qsync's main page

    • Click the Cancel button and exit Qsync

    Disable Qsync Launch at Startup Setting

  10. To launch Qsync as a windows service from AlwaysUp, choose Application > Start "Qsync". The State column should transition to Running after a few seconds.

    Click the green circle to see some details of the Qsync.exe process:

    Qsync Windows Service: Running

  11. That's it! Next time your computer boots, Qsync will start up automatically, before anyone logs on.

    We encourage you to edit Qsync in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, setup email notifications, add a "sanity check" to detect network failures, or periodically restart Qsync to cure memory leaks.

Qsync not working properly as a Windows Service?

  • Consult the AlwaysUp Troubleshooter — our online tool that can help you resolve the most common problems encountered when running an application as a windows service.

  • From AlwaysUp, select Application > Report Activity > Today... to bring up a HTML report detailing the interaction between AlwaysUp and Qsync. The AlwaysUp Event Log Messages page explains the messages that may appear.

  • Browse the AlwaysUp FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions and troubleshooting tips.

  • Contact us and we will be happy to help!

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