SyncTool is an additional client component, which works together with the User Environment Manager client component, FlexEngine. It synchronizes the configuration files and profile archives on client devices with the User Environment Manager shares.

Installing SyncTool on a device provides synchronization capabilities only for that device. You must install SyncTool on each client device for which you want to provide the synchronization capabilities.

SyncTool is supported only on client operating systems on which User Environment Manager is installed and configured. You do not need to change the existing User Environment Manager configuration, unless you are currently using Windows Offline Files to synchronize User Environment Manager files.

Note: You must verify that User Environment Manager is correctly configured and running on your infrastructure before implementing SyncTool.

SyncTool synchronizes all User Environment Manager files, personal settings and configuration, to a configurable local location on the client computer and keeps the central and local locations synchronized. The configurable local location is called Local Sync Path.

The synchronization occurs at login before FlexEngine performs a path-based import, at logout after FlexEngine performs a path-based export, and, optionally, during the session to synchronize changes to the settings of applications for which DirectFlex support is configured. For information about configuring the synchronization with SyncTool at logout, see Run SyncTool at Logoff.

To synchronize User Environment Manager files during the user session, run SyncTool in resident mode. For more information, see Starting SyncTool in Resident Mode. Synchronizing during the session is optional and is not required for SyncTool to function properly. However, to limit the number of files that need synchronizing at login and logout, you should also synchronize changes during the session.