Installation process

The installation of CodeTwo Public Folders is simple and is performed in two steps:

  1. First, install the Syncing Master on one of the computers in the network - the module does not require any configuration, and its installation is completed in few clicks.
  2. Next, install the The Client Apps of CodeTwo Public Folders on each computer that shares files and Outlook data (if you wish to sync data on a machine with the Syncing Master, you need to install the Client Apps on this machine, too). While installing the Client Apps point to the computer hosting the Syncing Master.

Tip

To quickly test the program's functionality, you do not need to install the Syncing Master at all. You only need to install the Client Apps on one or several computers, and connect to the Demo Syncing Master hosted on our Internet server.

The Demo Syncing Master is publicly accessible and can be used for testing purposes only. Don’t use it to share sensitive and confidential data as it will be visible to users from other organizations connected to the Demo Syncing Master. Processing or storing any personal data in the Demo Syncing Master is strictly prohibited! Be aware that we clear the Demo Syncing Master's database every Friday.

The installation of the Client Apps and the Syncing Master is initiated from the same installer (Fig. 1.). After running the installer, you need to choose which module of the program will be installed on the current machine.

The installation of the Client Apps and the Syncing Master is initiated from the same installer.
Fig. 1. The installation of the Client Apps and the Syncing Master is initiated from the same installer.

Navigate between the links below to learn more about:

Installation of the Client Apps

Requirements: See Supported platforms and requirements article.

If you do not want to use the Syncing Master hosted on our Internet server to share data between the Client Apps, install the Syncing Master in your local network before you install the Client Apps.

The Client Apps of CodeTwo Public Folders must be installed on each computer that will share the files or / and Microsoft Outlook data. The Client Apps are connected to the Syncing Master in order to automatically synchronize files and Outlook data.

To install the Client Apps onto a computer, download and run the installer of CodeTwo Public Folders. After running the installer, the screen shown in Fig. 1. will display. Click Install Client Apps.

A standard installation program will start in which you are asked to approve the Licensing Agreement and provide the path to the folder on your drive where the Client Apps will be installed.

Next, the information confirming correct installation of the program will display on the first slide of the program's Quick Tour guide. In the 7 following slides, the program's main configuration steps will be shown. The last slide contains a short presentation movie and the Launch Outlook button (Fig. 2.) that lets you launch MS Outlook along the installed CodeTwo Public Folders Client Apps.

The last slide of the program's Quick Tour.
Fig. 2. The last slide of the program's Quick Tour.

After clicking Launch Outlook, the button will be changed into Finish Tour button that will close the presentation.

In the MS Outlook that opens, you will see a new public folders tree: C2PublicFolders. From now on, you can start creating new public folders and sharing data with other users in the network. Furthermore, thanks to the File Sharing App you will also be able to share folders containing files with other users. However, remember that in order to share data with other users they also need to be equipped in the CodeTwo Public Folders Client Apps.

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If you do not have the MS Outlook installed on your computer, during the installation of the program only File Sharing App will be available to install. After the installation is finished, a Quick Tour guide will also be displayed. However, unlike the full installation, the last slide contains the Start Sharing Files button that opens the app's management window.

After the installation of the Client Apps, by default they will use our Demo Syncing Master (hosted on our Internet server) for communication and data synchronization.
Learn how to connect the Client Apps to your own Syncing Master

Warning

The Demo Syncing Master is publicly accessible and can be used for testing purposes only. Don’t use it to share sensitive and confidential data as it will be visible to users from other organizations connected to the Demo Syncing Master. Processing or storing any personal data in the Demo Syncing Master is strictly prohibited! The Demo Syncing Master's database is cleared every Friday.

If after installing the Client App you cannot see public folders in Outlook, read about viewing and adding public folders.

If your Client App has trouble connecting to the Syncing Master, read about solving communication issues.

Learn more about installing the Syncing Master in your local network

Installation of the Mobile Apps

Requirements: See Supported platforms and requirements article.

Mobile app installation is done in just a few steps.

First, download CodeTwo Public Folders from the application market on your device (App Store or Google Play) and install it. After finished installation, the app should appear on the list of apps on your device - in the case of iOS device, you will see one app while the Android version creates separate icons for calendars, contacts and tasks.

Next, launch the app to start the connection wizard (Fig. 3.). Here, you can select the type of server to connect to: the Demo Server (Demo Syncing Master) or your internet enabled CodeTwo Public Folders Syncing Master.

Warning

If you choose our Demo Syncing Master, be aware that it is publicly accessible and can be used for testing purposes only. Don’t use it to share sensitive and confidential data as it will be visible to users from other organizations connected to the Demo Syncing Master. Processing or storing any personal data in the Demo Syncing Master is strictly prohibited! We clear the Demo Syncing Master's database every Friday.

Public Folders - mobile apps connection 1
Fig. 3. The connection wizard in the mobile app for Android (left) and iOS (right).

  • If you choose the Demo Syncing Master, you only need to click Next and Finish to complete the configuration.
  • If you choose your own Syncing Master, you need to click Next, provide your Syncing Master's Internet name and appropriate user's credentials (Fig. 4.) and click Next.

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Fig. 4. Configuring the connection with Syncing Master in Android (left) and iOS (right).

After successful connection to the server, you can select which folders from CodeTwo Public Folders should be displayed in the mobile application (Fig. 5.). Once folders are selected - tap OK/Done.

Public Folders - mobile apps connection 3
Fig. 5. The folder selection screen in Android (left) and iOS (right).

That's it - the mobile app is now downloading data from the shared folders so you can work with them even without Outlook at hand.

Learn more about Mobile Apps

Installation of the Syncing Master

Requirements: See Supported platforms and requirements article.

Info

To quickly test the program's functionality, you do not need to install the Syncing Master at all. You only need to install the Client Apps on one or several computers, and connect to the Demo Syncing Master hosted on our Internet server.

Note that the Demo Syncing Master is publicly accessible and can be used for testing purposes only. Don’t use it to share sensitive and confidential data as it will be visible to users from other organizations connected to the Demo Syncing Master. Processing or storing any personal data in the Demo Syncing Master is strictly prohibited! Be aware that we clear the Demo Syncing Master's database every Friday.

The installation of the Syncing Master in the local network is extremely easy and is completed in 3 clicks. The module itself does not need any configuration.

The Client Apps of CodeTwo Public Folders installed on several computers connect to the Syncing Master and use it to synchronize (in a real-time) changes in chosen folders and in the Outlook shared folders. Remember that all Client Apps should be connected to the same Syncing Master.

To install the Syncing Master, download and run the installer of CodeTwo Public Folders. After running the installer the screen shown in Fig. 1. will display. Click Install Syncing Master.

An installation program will start in which you are asked to approve the Licensing Agreement and provide the path to the folder on your drive where the Syncing Master will be installed.

Next, the information confirming correct installation of the program will display on the first slide of the program's Quick Tour guide. In the 4 following slides the program's main configuration steps will be shown. The last slide contains a short presentation movie and the Launch the Administration Panel button (Fig. 7.), which will launch the logon window to the administration panel (Fig. 8.).

The last slide of the program's Quick Tour.
Fig. 7. The last slide of the program's Quick Tour.
The Administration Panel logon window.
Fig. 8. The Administration Panel logon window.

Last but not least, logon to the panel and your Syncing Master will be ready to go.

Now install the Client Apps of CodeTwo Public Folders on the computers to start sharing your own folders and Microsoft Outlook data in a real time.

If you want to share data on the computer already hosting the Syncing Master, you will have to install the Client Apps on that machine as well.

Learn more about the Client Apps' installation

If you wish to manage users access rights read about managing access rights for shared Outlook items and for Windows folders.

The Demo Syncing Master hosted on the CodeTwo Internet Server

In CodeTwo Public Folders, the Syncing Master is responsible for synchronizing and exchanging data between the Client Apps. If you want to quickly learn how to share Outlook data and Windows files with CodeTwo Public Folders, you do not need to install the Syncing Master in your network. Instead, you can use the Demo Syncing Master that is hosted on our Internet server (Fig. 9.).

Connecting to the Syncing Master hosted on the CodeTwo Internet Server.
Fig. 9. Connecting to the Syncing Master hosted on the CodeTwo Internet server.


Tip

By default, once the Client Apps are installed, they use the Demo Syncing Master to synchronize data.

Warning

The Demo Syncing Master is publicly accessible and can be used for testing purposes only. Don’t use it to share sensitive and confidential data as it will be visible to users from other organizations connected to the Demo Syncing Master. Processing or storing any personal data in the Demo Syncing Master is strictly prohibited! Be aware that we clear the Demo Syncing Master's database every Friday.

Learn more about using the Demo Syncing Master

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