Sync: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server)

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2016-11-14

Operation name: Sync


Configures the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 synchronization job. Normally, this operation is used in conjunction with the preparetomove operation.


stsadm -o sync

**   -excludewebapps <Web applications>**

**   -synctiming <schedule>**

**   -sweeptiming <schedule>**

**   -listolddatabases <days>**

**   -deleteolddatabases <days>**


Parameter Value Required? Description


A valid URL, such as "http://server_name"


Comma-delimited list of Web application URLs to exclude from consideration in the synchronization process. The values specified delete any existing values set.



Sets the schedule for the main synchronization job. "M" denotes every n minutes (for example, “m:5” means every 5 minutes). "H" denotes every n hours (for example, “h:1” means every 1 hour). "D" denotes the number of times per day (for example, “D:3” means three times per day).

The default is once per hour.


You can use the SPSchedule.FromString() string method to pass in the strings, “every 5 minutes” or “weekly xxxxxxx”. For additional information about the SPSchedule.FromString method, see SPSchedule.FromString method (


A valid time value in the form of minutes, such as "1"


Performs the same tasks as the synctiming parameter. However, the sweeptiming parameter sets the schedule for the “sweep” job. The sweep job is driven by the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 change log and is used as a lightweight way to capture new users added. For example, you might have a fully synchronized site, but then a user is added to the site. The sweep job ensures that the incremental newly added user gets the user profile properties replicated quickly.

The default value is every 1 minute.


A valid number of days, such as "2"


Lists content databases that have not been synchronized since n days. The presumption is that they have been deleted or moved.


A valid number of days


Performs the same operation as the listolddatabases parameter, except it deletes old records corresponding to these databases. It does not delete the databases themselves.