09-18-2011 03:24 PM
I would really like to sync my laptop with my desktop.
I WAS using Premium 2011. Got a new job that required Pro2011.
ACT support peeps successfully downgraded.
I have the main database on my desktop.
Remote database is on the laptop. (laptop is brand new)
How do I get these two to synch?
I work from home and travel.
When I am at home, I use the desktop.
When I am on the road, I use the laptop.
All I want to do is synch the data before I leave for a trip and sync it again when I return.
It is JUST ME using the databases.
I have both computers hardwired to the internet. (My office is in the basement/wireless does not work down here).
Both computers are using Windows 7.
09-19-2011 05:50 AM
09-19-2011 06:04 AM
No; these two databases have never sync'ed.
Both are running Pro 2011.
I had both databases open last night when I was trying to sync.
Error Message reads:
unable to acquire sync server object. server error description: failed to find main database [\\my database name] for sync. contact your administrator for assistance.
09-19-2011 07:34 AM
Was the remote database created from this particular main database?
If it was, try the steps in this article: KB Article 16533
*If the remote was created from a different 'main' database, it will not be able to communicate with the new one.
09-19-2011 07:42 AM
It was set up from the main database.
It is my understanding that Pro2011 is unable to sync via the internet. (?)
If this is correct; how do I set up a network between my two computers?
I am not using a router/wireless for either computer.
The sync setting are correct/port numbers.
Is there a way to SIMPLY export/import changes from one database to the other?
09-20-2011 03:47 AM
I am guessing no reply means no good answer?
Should I just delete the laptop database, copy the main desktop database over and dock the laptop when I am home?
09-20-2011 07:58 AM
Well... no response isn't necessarily an indication of no good answer, but your situation doesn't make for easy synchronization.
If there isn't a network in place, then the remote database will not be able to locate the main database/host computer. You are correct, Pro isn't designed to use the internet for synchronization.
You can try a VPN solution (Virtual Private Network), there are several free ones. Hamachi VPN is one that we used to recommend because it was free, but they now have a fee after the trial period. Here is an article with instructions for a Hamachi VPN, it may help give you an idea of the efforts necessary to set up and maintain for on-going synchronization: KB Article 23333
09-20-2011 02:11 PM
I deleted the non-synching database on the laptop.
Bought a docking station on Amazon.
Moved main database from desktop to laptop.
Very disappointed. I really thought buying the Pro 2011 was the way to go.