07-18-2008 02:29 PM
OK we are looking at Act as our contact management solution, with the tie in to use QB for the financial end of it. Right now we use an Access database with a front end for what we need with invoicing done through that and use QB for our checkbook and ledger. Access and QB don't talk to each other. Contact management is done on 3x5 cards so that is why we are looking at Act.
We have a 2 person office, my wife and an employee who will both need to be able to use Act and the QB tie in simultaneously. Right now we have it peer to peer on my wifes machine. We have a Windows Home Server machine acting as our backup and storage, but we have not migrated the database there yet.
1. Will we be able to put all of the data files on the WHS box, and then have copies of Act on the other 2 computers?
2. Will we need a 3rd copy of Act for the Server?
3. Will we need 1, 2 or 3 copies of the act-QB link?
Workstations are XP boxes, and the WHS machine is running, of course, WHS
06-10-2010 07:06 AM
Welcome to the Act! Online Community!
When installing Act! on a server, you do not need an additional license. You will only need a license for each individual user you want to have access to the database.
As for Windows Home Server - if it performs only as a file server and you are not able to install the Act! program on it - then it will not be able to host your database. Your database must reside locally with the Act!/SQL installation.
With only 2 users accessing the database, having it hosted on a workstation should not present a problem. If the workstation doesn't already have at least 1gb of RAM, you may want to upgrade the memory (if the response time of your database is slow).
In case you haven't already set up the database for sharing, here is an article with the steps: How to Share an Act! database