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Data backup for teachers is not all that different from backing up data as a student, so be sure to follow that article first. An extra step teachers/staff should do is to try to force a file sync so that your data is also backed up to our network. It is especially important that you do this before turning your tablet in for imaging. You might recall that we also make you sync your files when your tablet is returned.

Synchronizing Your Files

Your files in your Documents folder are synchronized between the La Salle network and your tablet. The idea is that if your tablet crashes, there is little fear of data loss. By default, the synchronization happens in the background whenever Windows decides to do it. Sometimes it might be a good idea to force a synchronization to speed things along. To force a synchronization, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu, type in Sync Center and open it. The icon is green.
  2. In the Sync Center window, you should see a folder named “Offline Files”. In the bar above that folder, click “Sync All”.
  3. Wait while the synchronization runs. When it is successful, it will either say “Sync Completed” or “Last sync on date”, where date is the current date.
    1. Depending on how many files are syncing, you may have to restart the sync process a few times.
  4. When the synchronization is complete, you may want to check your conflicts and try to resolve them.

Resolving Sync Conflicts

Sync conflicts happen sometimes. There are a number of reasons for it, but here are some possiblities:

  • You worked on another La Salle computer and changed some files while your main computer was offline.
  • The file modification times on your computer and the server don't match.

To resolve conflicts:

  1. Open the Start Menu, type in Sync Center and open it. The icon is green.
  2. In the Sync Center window, you should see a folder named “Offline Files”. If you have conflicts, it will say so under the progress bar on the right side of the window. Click “View sync conflicts” on the left side of the window to view them.
  3. In the Conflicts window you will see a list of all conflicting files. To resolve conflicts, right-click on the file(s) and select “View options to resolve”.
  4. When viewing the options, usually what you want to do is keep whatever changes were made on your own computer.
    1. One case where you may not want to keep the changes on your computer is if you've been using another computer in the building and you know the version of the file on your computer is outdated.
    2. As you go through and resolve conflicts, if you have one that won't resolve, look at the modification times on the files. If they are the same, try keeping the version on the server instead of the one on your computer.
teachers/backing_up_data.1347374866.txt.gz · Last modified: 2012/09/11 10:47 by abrashear