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Google Backup and Sync is a file storage and synchronization service which allows users to store files in the cloud (on Google's servers), synchronize files across devices, and share files.

Google Backup and Sync can be run as a Windows service using FireDaemon Pro. This allows you to start and run the application automatically when Windows boots and before login. FireDaemon Pro also allows you to start multiple instances of the server, monitoring them and automatically restarting those instances in the event they crash. FireDaemon Fusion can also be used to manage your Google Backup and Sync service, plus other Windows services via your web browser.

Google Backup and Sync Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Please follow the steps below to set up a Google Backup and Sync as a Windows service with FireDaemon Pro

Step 1: Download and Install Google Backup and Sync

  1. Download the latest Windows version from here
  2. Run the installation executable.
  3. By default, the application installs to "C:\Program Files\Google Backup and Sync"
  4. Run the application, sign in to your Google account (or create a new one), and configure the directories you want to be backed up.
  5. Uncheck "Open Backup and Sync on system startup" in Preferences->Settings and click OK.Google Backup and Sync preferences

Step 2: Set Up Google Backup and Sync as a FireDaemon Pro Service

Download and install FireDaemon Pro. Double click the FireDaemon Pro icon on your desktop, then click on the New (i.e. +) button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl + N) to create a new service. Enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the path names to suit your installation. Note the required parameters.

FireDaemon Pro Google Backup and Sync Dedicated Server Service Program Tab

Next, click on the FireDaemon Pro Settings tab:

FireDaemon Pro Google Backup and Sync service settings

Enter appropriate values in the fields on the Settings tab as follows:

  • (Required) Job Type: You must set job type to "Global Job". If you do not set the job type to "Global Job", "googledrivesync.exe" will be orphaned when the service is stopped or restarted.
  • (Required) Logon Account: Enter the Windows account under which the application was configured, e.g. the current administrator account.
  • Password / Confirm Password:  Enter the logon account's password twice.
  • (Optional) Interact with Desktop: If this setting is enabled (default), the application's output messages can be seen in the console window on Windows Session 0. To switch to Session 0, it may be necessary to install FireDaemon Zero and ZeroInput. Alternatively, this setting may be disabled, in which case the application's messages will be hidden.
  • (Optional) Priority: To allocate more CPU time to the application, select a higher scheduling priority in this field.
  • (Optional) CPU Bindings: To run the application on a specific CPU, specify the appropriate CPU in this field.

Next, click on the Lifecycle tab. Set Shutdown By to Forceful Termination.

FireDaemon Pro Google Backup and Sync lifecycle settings

Lastly, click the Save and Close (ie. the tick) button on the toolbar. If the service's Startup Type is set to Automatic or Automatic (Delayed-Start), it will start immediately.

FireDaemon Pro Services list

Google Backup and Sync doesn't create any Windows Session 0 windows. If you need to configure anything, stop the FireDaemon service and then configure the application through your desktop like you did in step 1.