The Blackbaud.GroupSync.exe application can be used to automate the synchronization of Active Directory users and groups with The Raiser's Edge (RE). To do this, you would create a scheduled task to execute the application, passing the correct command-line switches.

These steps should be completed on a 32-bit operating system.  

To create the Scheduled Task:
  1. From your Windows Start menu, select Settings, Control Panel, Scheduled Tasks
  2. Click Add Scheduled Task
  3. Click Next
  4. Click Browse
  5. On your computer, browse to the Program Files, Blackbaud folder
  6. In the Raiser's Edge folder, select Blackbaud.GroupSync.exe
  7. Click Open
  8. In the field, enter a name for the automatic synchronizing process. For example, enter “Blackbaud Group Sync”
  9. In the Perform this task frame, select how often to automatically synchronize data
  10. Click Next
  11. In the Start time field, enter the time you want to automatically synchronize data
  12. In the Perform this task frame, select if you want to perform the task every day or just on weekdays
  13. In the Start date field, enter the date to begin automatically synchronizing data
  14. Click Next
  15. In the Enter the user name field, enter the network user name of the individual responsible for synchronizing data. Be sure to use a domain account that has rights to Active Directory.
    Note: Blackbaud recommends creating a separate user account on your network for processing the Microsoft Scheduled Task Wizard for your Raiser's Edge Group Sync task.
  16. Enter the password for your network user account for processing the Scheduled Task Wizard in the Enter the password field
  17. Confirm the password for your network user account for processing the Scheduled Task Wizard in the Confirm password field
  18. Click Next. A confirmation message appears informing you that you have completed establishing the automatic scheduled task.
  19. Mark the Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish checkbox
  20. Click Finish
  21. If you marked the Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish checkbox, a screen appears for the task you created.
  22. For the process to access the correct database, add the following command-line switches to the end of the text in the Run field:

    /uid=[username] /dbnumber=[database number]

    Note: The [username] is the RE user account that you want the Group Sync utility to run as (e.g. enter Supervisor)
    Note: The [database number] is the number found on the RE7_# registry key associated with the database the process will update (e.g. enter 1 for RE7_1)

    For example: "C:\Program Files\Blackbaud\The Raisers Edge 7\Blackbaud.GroupSync.exe" /uid=supervisor /dbnumber=1

  23. Select the Schedule tab
    Note: You can disable the task by unmarking the Enable checkbox if you need to install a patch or update. If the task runs while an update occurs, the workstation cannot be updated.
  24. Click Advanced
  25. Mark Repeat task and select how often and for how long to run the task
  26. Click OK to return to the screen for the task you created. Click OK to close this screen.
More information on the Synchronization process can be found in the Security and Configuration guide.