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Synchronization Troubleshooting with the Siebel Handheld Client

This section lists potential error messages that are associated with synchronization. In addition, this section helps to understand transaction errors.

General Synchronization Errors

There are a number of different errors that can occur when synchronization does not complete successfully, for example:

  • Faulty wire connection
  • Server crash
  • Insufficient memory
  • Login error

When these errors occur, the user should exit Siebel Handheld Sync and launch the application again.

NOTE:  When you restart Siebel Handheld Sync, you may see an error message that says that another instance of syncmanager.exe is running. You are asked whether you want to terminate the first instance or not, and you should choose Yes.

Transaction Conflicts

Transaction conflicts are minimized when customers adhere to the standard configuration practices outlined in this document. However, even when proper configuration practices are followed, conflicts can occur for a variety of reasons. For example, if a field value is updated on both the handheld client and the server between synchronization events, a transaction update conflict occurs. In this instance, the user is presented with an error dialog after synchronization has completed.

A transaction consists of one or more smaller transactions called mini-transactions. For example, if you update several fields in a record, the update to the record counts as a single transaction, and each update to a field is a mini-transaction. Individual fields are skipped when update conflicts occur. Changes to any field that has been updated on the server since the last sync (perhaps by another Handheld user) are discarded (but logged and returned as errors to the user). All non-conflicting fields normally are updated. Except for field-level conflicts, which are skipped when they occur, a transaction is applied in its entirety, and at this point will either succeed or fail in its entirety.

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