01-02-2011 01:32 PM
Clearly the future of computers, software, and the internet is the use of "cloud computing". I have been an ACT user since the begining (1986), and have always had to back up my database files on a disk or stick, and nowadays I have to "restore as" in order to restore it to another computer. How sweet would it be if I could use a program like Dropbox, and automatically be able to log on anywhere and access my database. Has anyone been successful using a cloud program like Dropox for ACT? Please let me know how you did it. Thanks, and Happy New Year to all.
01-02-2011 03:04 PM
Dropbox is a file storage method and will not work for hosting an ACT database "in the clout". With ACT the database files must be attached via SQL and either shared over a network or virtual network or accessed over a web or thin clinet.
01-02-2011 03:08 PM
05-13-2013 07:08 AM
10-12-2013 12:36 PM
you can certainly put the act database files into your LOCAL dropbox directory eg c:\server.
you can then share that folder on your LAN eg map to \\myserver\databases
this is just simple filesharing and dropbox should not be too worried by it hopefully (i'm sure someone will correct me)
however the dropbox user would expect the database to be backed up when he has finisehed with it. unfortunately some process of act or sql locks the file and so dropbox does not get the access it needs to back it up to the cloud
Does anyone know what process/service to stop to let dropbox work occasionally to do a backup?
it is NOT a good idea for someone else to then use a sync version as LOTS of conflicting copies will be created.
so you can only use dropbox as a backup...providing the database can be unlocked. I;ve done this sort of thing with outlook pst files and it works fine.
10-12-2013 07:21 PM
10-12-2013 11:24 PM
I use Dropbox but not for Act! backup because I think it would take too much time to upload a couple of GBs at 2MBs.
Does anyone know if this causes them a problem?
10-13-2013 09:04 PM