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Tutorial: Synchronize two TntMPD Databases

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This tutorial is designed to acquaint you with the TntSync process, but cannot cover all the nuances of TntSync.

Remember, while TntMPD does automatic backups, those are saved on your computer's hard drive. You should still save your files on an external drive, CD/DVD, etc.

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Keeping two TntMPD databases synchronized with TntSync

1.You must have two copies of your database before you can synchronize them. This is natural if you have two computers on which you are already using TntMPD. You do not need to use TntSync solely for the purpose of maintaining a backup copy of your TntMPD database, because TntMPD automatically creates a backup copy every time you exit (and other times as well).

2.Start TntSync either from within TntMPD by selecting TntSync from the Tools menu, or by going to your Windows, Start Programs menu and selecting it from the TntMPD folder:

Menu Path: Tools | TntSync

3.You will see the TntSync tool, and the list of files and folders will be blank.

4.Add a new synchronization item.

Menu Path: File | Add

5.Browse for the Local and Remote databases.

Press the <OK> button.

6.You will now see your TntMPD databases in the list of files.

7.Press the <Synchronize All> button.

8.TntSync will now begin working through the synchronization cycle. It compares some underlying codes to see if they have changed. Then it moves on to the various types of data. This tutorial will not cover each individual step, just the basics of what TntSync does.

9.At each stop in the process, TntSync will show you what it is going to do when you press Sync. This will either be "Create" in one direction or the other, "Delete" in one direction or the other, or "Skip" if there is a conflict. There is also a "Replace" option. The options displayed vary depending on the situation.

Press the <Sync> button.

10.When there is a conflict, TntSync will offer only to Skip the conflict. You can see how many skips there are, and show only them, by checking the box "Only Show Conflicts".

11.To view the record and see which data field is in conflict, double-click anywhere in the row. TntSync will bring up the local and remote database record side-by-side and show in yellow where the conflicts are. In this example, the Dalmations' address is different in both databases. More importantly, they have both been updated independently since the last synchronization (otherwise TntSync would have recommended replacing one over the other). Be sure to scroll down to look for other conflicts!

12.If you know you want to keep one over the other (in this example, the Local is the more correct one), then close this box, and change the "Skip" to "Replace" by right-clicking on the Skip icon.




Comments on this Help Topic

livingingthegong wrote re: Tutorial: Synchronize two TntMPD Databases
on 30 Apr 2015 8:51 PM

I am trying to sync home comp with work comp and when I follow step #4 and #5 I don't have the pathway mentioned in the notes.  Both tabs are empty on both of my computers!

What to do????

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Tutorial: Synchronize two TntMPD Databases
on 5 May 2015 10:05 PM

I would strongly suggest you skip trying to use TntSync, and use Dropbox instead:

www.tntware.com/.../how-can-i-share-my-database-with-my-spouse-over-dropbox.aspx

Lars Huttar wrote re: Tutorial: Synchronize two TntMPD Databases
on 15 Mar 2018 8:45 AM

Thank you for providing this tutorial on TntSync. Steps 11 and 12 are especially valuable.

Step 11 mentions an example about the Dalmations, but I don't see the example. Is there an image that's supposed to be visible in the tutorial?

Troy Wolbrink wrote re: Tutorial: Synchronize two TntMPD Databases
on 2 Apr 2018 5:42 PM

@Lars, this help document is obsolete.  Here's an FAQ article that might be more helpful:  www.tntware.com/.../how-do-i-keep-two-copies-of-my-database-in-sync-using-tntsync.aspx

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