Run Allway Sync as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

How to Run Allway Sync 24x7 as a Windows Service with AlwaysUp

Ensure that Allway Sync starts automatically whenever your computer boots. No need to log in first!

Allway Sync synchronizes your important files between your desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives, remote FTP/SFTP and WebDAV servers and more.

To install Allway Sync as a Windows Service:

  1. Download and install Allway Sync, if necessary.

    Configure Allway Sync to synchronize your data and ensure that everything works as you expect.

    For example, we setup automatic synchronization every 5 minutes:

    Allway Sync Automatic Synchronization

  2. Download and install AlwaysUp.

  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 Allway Sync executable, syncappw.exe. If you installed Allway Sync in the default location, this will be:

      C:\Program Files\Allway Sync\Bin\syncappw.exe

    • In the Start the application field, select Automatically, but shortly after the computer boots option. This tells Windows to launch Allway Sync about 2 minutes after your computer boots — to ensure that all important services are up by the time file synchronization starts.

    • In the Name field, enter the name that you will call the application in AlwaysUp. We have stick with Allway Sync but you can specify another name if you like.

    Allway Sync Windows Service: General Tab

  6. Click over to the Logon. Enter the user name and password of the Windows account in which you installed and configured Allway Sync. The program must run in this account so that it can find its settings.

    Allway Sync Windows Service: Logon Tab

  7. On the Startup tab:

    • Check the Ensure that the Windows Networking components have started box. This tells AlwaysUp that file synchronization 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. Those options will ensure that another copy of Allway Sync won't prevent the instance launched by AlwaysUp from starting properly.

    Allway Sync Windows Service: Startup Tab

  8. We are now done configuring the Allway Sync as a Windows Service so click the Save button to record your settings.

    In a couple of seconds, an application called Allway Sync will show up in the AlwaysUp window. It's not yet running though and the state will be "Stopped":

    Allway Sync Windows Service: Installed

  9. Before we start Allway Sync as a Windows Service, we should adjust a few settings. To do so:

    1. Start Allway Sync if necessary (Start button > Allway Sync)

    2. Select Options from the View menu to open the Options window.

    3. Uncheck Automatically check for software updates. Automatic updates can cause problems if an update goes wrong when you're not around. Best to upgrade the software manually, at a time of your choosing.

      Uncheck Start application in system notification area on system startup. That option is no longer necessary as AlwaysUp will start Allway Sync as a service well before you log on.

      Update Allway Sync Options

  10. If Allway Sync is running, close it now by clicking its tray icon and selecting Exit from the menu.

  11. To start Allway Sync from AlwaysUp choose Application > Start "Allway Sync". In a few seconds, the state should change to "Running".

    Click the green circle icon to show a few details of the running process:

    Allway Sync Windows Service: Running

    Note that you won't see Allway Sync's tray icon because the program will be running invisibly in the background (in the isolated Session 0). However file synchronization will work just fine. Now is a great time for you to confirm that!

    If you do need to interact with Allway Sync — to view or change settings — you should:

    1. Stop Allway Sync in AlwaysUp.

    2. Start Allway Sync normally on your desktop.

    3. Make your changes.

    4. Exit Allway Sync.

    5. Restart Allway Sync under AlwaysUp, to resume 24x7 operation.

  12. That's it! Next time your computer boots, file synchronization will start immediately, before anyone logs on.

    We encourage you to edit Allway Sync in AlwaysUp and check out the many other settings that may be appropriate for your environment. For example, send an email if Allway Sync crashes, setup a weekly restart to keep things "fresh", and more.

Allway Sync 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 Allway Sync. 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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