SugarSync is a commercial cloud based file storage service. The application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon Pro, which allows you to have the application start automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

SugarSync Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

If you haven't already signed up for SugarSync, you can do so at the official website here. Note that you need a SugarSync account to run the software.

Download the SugarSync software from the downloads area.

Install the SugarSync application. By default it installs to C:\Program Files (x86)\SugarSync.

Run SugarSync at least once to change any settings and to sign in with your SugarSync account.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation.

  • Executable: The path to your SugarSync.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\SugarSync\SugarSync.exe.
  • Working Directory: The directory containing your SugarSync.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\Program Files (x86)\SugarSync.
  • Parameters: None. Leave this blank.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see SugarSync running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must run SugarSync as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You must set the job type to "Global" so that child processes are terminated properly when the service is stopped or restarted. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to SugarSync or specify which CPU or core SugarSync will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click on the OK button to install and start SugarSync!