Office 365 Document Synchronization

Layer2 File Pal can keep your local documents and files on network file shares for departments, users, projects or in local SharePoint portals in sync with Microsoft Office 365, such as SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Microsoft Teams, Office Groups, or Azure: Far beyond the limitations of the Microsoft OneDrive for Business Client, centrally managed, and with advanced features.


Features & Benefits

Connect directly and secure

Layer2 File Pal runs under your full control, locally or in your own Azure cloud. It establishes direct and encrypted connections between the source and destination systems - no additional vendor or cloud service is involved. We do not collect any information about the data you are syncing.


Sync documents SharePoint to SharePoint

Connect SharePoint Online and On-Premises with each other to keep pre-selected items and documents in sync cross sites, site collections, farms and tenants. Sync files between SharePoint on-premises and SharePoint Online, or between different SharePoint versions, such as SharePoint Server 2010, 2013, and 2016.


Flexibility to pre-select your document sets

Filter your connected document sets by folder paths. or file extensions to include or exclude files to / from sync. Make use of views in SharePoint document libraries as data source or destination. Aggregate data from different sources in one file share or library.

Centrally manage your sync jobs

A reliable Windows Service will keep your connected documents in sync. It runs locally, centrally managed for all connections, with flexible logging and alerting. Possible replication conflicts are automatically resolved for two-way connections.

Keep your file server in sync with the cloud

Sync pre-selected local documents on your file server or NAS with the Microsoft Cloud. Create an unlimited amount of connections between Microsoft SharePoint libraries in Office 365, OneDrive for Business, Teams, or Groups and local folders including subfolders. Sync one-way (for migration and backup), or even two-way to access your up-to-date files where ever you are.

Manage users and access rights

Make use of the specific target system features to keep users in sync, for example via ADFS. You can't sync specific access rights via Layer2 File Pal as ACLs are very different in NTFS or SharePoint. Simply create your data structures and assign access rights manually, or setup an automated provisioning via PowerShell. Synced files will inherit access rights from their environment, such as folders or libraries.


How it works

Take a look at the screens below to get a first impression.


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Keep your Files and Folders in Sync

Use Layer2 File Pal to keep your local and cloud-based files in sync. Automatically and in the background.



Frequently Asked Questions


What makes this solution unique?

Layer2 File Pal is a universal sync tool for files and folders. It can be used for many things, such as migration, backup, integration, synchronization between different IT systems and apps. Learn more about it here.


How to sync files to Microsoft Azure?

You can connect local file shares or SharePoint libraries (On-Premises and Online) to the Azure File Storage. Simply connect your Azure File Storage to sync it as any other folder, file share, or NAS. Learn more here.


What about files on Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive?

You can connect Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and others. No matter if they are local or cloud-based file systems. You can sync to a file share via Layer2 File Pal.

Which data provider to access file shares?

Everything required to sync files with the Microsoft Cloud are fully included in the download package. Make use of the Layer2 Data Provider for File System to access your documents on a Windows file server, Azure BLOBs or Azure File Storage.

What about known limitations?

As with any other software there are limitations, depending on configuration and settings. Typically you can manage hundreds of connections with one installation. You can scale out in case you need more. 100.000 documents per connection should not be any problem. But be aware of the limitations of the specific connected systems.


Does it work with SharePoint on-premises?

While originally developed for SharePoint Online, you can also use Layer2 File Pal to keep your file shares in sync with Microsoft SharePoint On-Premises. SharePoint Server 2010, 2013, and 2016 are supported. Basically, it will work with any SharePoint library as used in many different Microsoft products and services as noted above.

What's the difference to the Microsoft OneDrive for Business Client?

The free standard sync client is provided by Microsoft to allow end-users to make some pre-selected SharePoint-based documents available offline on mobile devices. It comes with many limitations regarding features, supported systems, and amount of data. Typically companies and organizations use the OneDrive for Business client on the end-user side. To keep local file servers, file shares, NAS devices, or SharePoint Servers in sync with the cloud, a locally running and centrally managed Windows Service is a far better option. Find a detailed information about Layer2 File Pal here.

Who is using Layer2 Document Synchronization and Data Integration?

3200+ partners and clients trust Layer2 to keep their business-critical data and files in sync. You can find a selection of Layer2 customers in your industry here. 200+ regional partners can help you to evaluate, implement and license Layer2 solutions. Interested in specific use cases? Learn more about typical requirements solved by Layer2 in our customer case studies.


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