SyncTool requires different configuration depending on whether you want to run it in an offline scenario or in a slow WAN or limited bandwidth scenario.

Working Offline Scenario

Laptop users that are not always connected to the corporate network need access to their User Environment Manager files while offline. SyncTool transparently makes all User Environment Manager files available locally and synchronizes the changes when the user is online and SyncTool runs.

In this scenario, SyncTool is deployed to provide access to work at home, or other locations for users when they are not connected to the corporate network.

To support this scenario, perform the following steps:

  1. Install SyncTool on each client that needs to work offline. See Installing SyncTool.

  2. Configure a GPO and link it to the users who need to work offline. The specific policy settings are described in SyncTool Group Policy Reference.

  3. Configure a logon script, which starts FlexEngine with the -OfflineImport argument. For details, see Installing and Configuring VMware User Environment Manager.

Slow WAN or Limited Bandwidth Scenario

Users who are connected to the central User Environment Manager configuration and profile shares over a slow WAN connection can experience slow performance and continuously roaming personal settings can consume too much network resources. To optimize the user experience and to limit network traffic, all the User Environment Manager files can be used locally and only be synchronized based on the configurable network thresholds.

To support this scenario, perform the following steps:

  1. Install SyncTool on each client that needs to work offline. See Installing SyncTool.

  2. Configure a GPO and link it to the users who need to work offline. The specific policy settings are described in SyncTool Group Policy Reference.

  3. Depending on your requirements, configure one or both network thresholds as described in Network Detection Settings.

  4. Configure a logon script, which starts FlexEngine with the -OfflineImport argument. For details, see Installing and Configuring VMware User Environment Manager.