How to move the Exchange (Online) Synchronizer installation to another server

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Written by Thomas Speekenbrink

Overview:

The Synchronizer is running on a application server, but needs to be migrated to another server as the server will be outphased.

Quite a common situation and also a good question. Due to the way the Synchronizer is designed, you will be up and running in a matter time. The biggest part of the Synchronizer configuration is stored in the SuperOffice database, making the installation very flexible.

How to:

1) Stop the Synchronizer service

First, we need to make sure that the service is stopped during the migration process.

  • Log into the old SyncServer as the SyncUser and stop (and disable) the InfoBridge Synchronizer service (in services.msc)

2) Installation on the new server

Next we are able to install the Synchronizer on the new server

  • Login on the new server as the SyncUser and start the installation
  • Fill in the domain user (SyncUser) for starting the service
  • Finish the installation
  • Also: install the SuperOffice Windows client on this machine

Without the SuperOffice Windows client, the Synchronizer will not function properly. See the rest of the System requirements here and here.

3) Optional: Copy the %appdata% information

The Synchronizer stores some temporary information in the %appdata%/InfoBridge folder. As this is temporary information, you can safely skip this step and let the Synchronizer rebuild this information. It will take some time though (depending on the amount of users and appointments), normally a couple of hours.

  • Copy this complete folder to the new server

4) Checking the configuration

  • Log into the Synchronizer Administrator
  • Check and verify the Technical Settings panel
  • Check and verify the Service Options panel
  • Check and verify if the correct user is configured on the InfoBridge Synchronizer service (in services.msc)

5) Running the Synchronizer

If the check and verify steps were all positive, we can run the Synchronizer safely. It's a good idea to start the GUI as this gives visual feedback.

  • Run the Synchronizer GUI
  • Optionally: enable debugging and check for strange errors

6) Uninstalling/demoting the old Synchronizer server

If everything is running fine, deinstall the InfoBridge Exchange (Online) Synchronizer on the old server.