Use Folder Synchronization to:
- synchronize local and network folders. Folder Synchronization will ensure that both folders have the same contents by adding new files and folders, removing deleted files and folders, and overwriting old file versions. This is particularly useful in cases where a user has a home directory on a share as well as a local home directory, for example on a laptop. This is achieved with the Direction: Both.
- download files and folders from the network to local computers. Folder Synchronization will add new files and folders from the network location to the local computer, and will overwrite old file versions. This can be useful for a network folder that users also need to access when they are working locally, for example a folder containing standard forms or presentations. This is achieved with the Direction: Download.
- upload local files and folders to the network. Folder Synchronization will add new files and folders from the local computer to the network location, and will overwrite old file versions. This can be useful if a user creates files locally that need to be made available on the network, for example as output of an authoring application that publishes to a local folder. This is achieved with the Direction: Upload.
For example, the technical writers at <COMAPNY>demo use an authoring tool to create, maintain and publish product documentation. The tool publishes documents to a local folder, and the writers must remember to manually copy the updated output to a central network folder where other people and processes can always access the latest version. This process can be automated using an application-level Folder Synchronization action that uploads the contents of the local folder to the network folder whenever the writer closes the authoring tool.