09-19-2008 03:25 PM
Can a child db be shared to have more than 1 user logged-on at one time? I am not sure of the differences or overlaps of sharing vs child / parent syncing.
If I have a parent db, and 9 child db's, I have reached my limit of 10 active users. Can I log-on to the parent computer with the admin user, and then log-on to a child db computer with the same admin user name at the same time? I think I was able to do that the other day, but that may be why I was getting some strange sync results.
Or can I log-on to 2 child db's on 2 separate computers using the same standard user log-on name at the same time? That way I could remove 1 use name. That sounds like it would be the same as unpacking the same child db on two different computers and I was told that would create sync problems.
Since 1 of the users will be off site for 6 months and not have any sync abilities, can I publish a child db with their user name active and someone elses inactive. Then I deactivate their user name and turn back on the one I turned off to start with? That way I could send the child db to the other office in another state and still not have their user name tying up 1 of the 10 active users here.
All they really need is a separate copy of our database to work with. They already have the 11th license of ACT installed. Can a db created on the parent / child model be backed up and sent to someone else and have them open it as a stand alone de-synced db? So what if the sync is lost. I do not care if their copy become de-synced, just as long as they can use it for 6 months.
09-19-2008 07:36 PM
09-21-2008 06:32 AM
You can log in as User1 on two system, but, as you've noticed, you may get some odd sync results - other than it not being legal.
It sounds like you should consider an upgrade to Premium... you'll also find sync better as you don't have to have the Publisher (parent) open and logged in to sync
09-22-2008 10:06 AM
EULA or not, it does not make financial sense to spend thousands to upgrade to a premium product when our users are just dabblers. They would be lucky to use ACT more than 2 days a week for a total of 1 hour. Installing a license on a machine is one thing. Using it is another. Our whole staff is made up of volunteers. Each one may only come in a couple times a week to enter some data. In most cases the ACT will not even be used on some of these machines in any given week. We know about the Microsoft issue with a 10 user limits on their server environments. That is why we stopped using NT years ago. Our 501c3 nonprofit was simply throwing money away for all that daily technical help to keep the server running. We now have a web host for $5.00 a month handling our web, email, and calendar services. If the people selling ACT made it affordable, we would use it. The first year costs for 12 premium licenses and 12 web user access codes would be about $10,000 for just the first year. Obviously if the costs were lowered considerably, web usage of ACT would increase considerably.
Every piece of software we use is licensed. We are sticklers about that and have spent well over $50,000 over the years of donors funds for software. That money could of better been spent helping hurting families. We cannot afford to jump on the ACT web premium bandwagon just so we can sync easier. Unless you know someone willing to donate the $30,000 to dabble with ACT web premium for the next 5 years?
09-23-2008 12:11 AM
Actually, Microsoft don't have a 10 user limit on servers... You just need to purchase the extra cals. The 10 user limit is on workstations.
I think you've significantly over estimated the ACT! licensing costs. As you have 10-11 seats of standard, you'd just need to purchase the upgrades to Premium, or to dual access if you wanted web as well.
09-23-2008 10:51 AM
09-26-2008 04:57 PM
You really don't need to outsource this. You could get a consultant to set it up in your office for much less and no on-going service fees unless you need training/support.
Sage Australia used to have education pricing that they sometimes allowed for non-profit... not sure if they still do, and wouldn't apply in other regions. You might try asking an ACT! Consultant as they might know some tricks your provider doesn't