10-07-2008 02:00 PM
OK, I'm pretty confused about using Remote Databases. Here's what I have and what I'd like to be able to do...
I have a PC on my desk at work (Gateway running XP) with ACT! 2007 that is synced with Outlook. This is where I'd like to have the main database for ACT! and is where I do the majority of my work and emails.
However, I also have a laptop (Gateway running XP) that also has ACT! 2007 on it. I carry the laptop on my numerous road trips and need to be able to update/change the data in the ACT! Database there, and then update the desk PC when I get back.
I created a remote database and shipped it over the Laptop on a flash drive. Pulled it up and used it no sweat. But I cannot figure out how to get that updated material from the laptop back into the main database on the PC
Any thoughts or solutions? I'm sure there's a fairly simple way to do it, but I'm just missing it.
10-07-2008 03:11 PM
10-07-2008 03:16 PM
Is networking the two machines the only option?
The issue we face is that we are a Credit Union and keep the laptops off the network as they do not have the same security measures that our desk machines do. While we can transfer files after a virus sweep, linking the two may not be allowed on that basis. However, since I can create a remote desktop to use (as outlined in the manual) and transferred via a flash drive or CD (also as suggested by the manual), it seems that any data modified or aded to the remote database should have some method by which it can later update the master database in a similar fashion.
So are you saying there is no other option?
10-07-2008 03:26 PM
10-07-2008 09:38 PM
10-08-2008 09:41 AM
Why is it considered safe to work with backups restored between machines or doing data exchange (import/export)but not synchronise as I suggest? I would pick the sync method over transferring files by plugging in and removing removable media such as USB drives.
I think the issue is access. If I'm on the Internet and looging into the network, there is the slight possibility that someone could compromise that connection and gain access to our main network, thus compromising our security and the funds of our members. In transferring a file via flashdrive or CD, I created the file, know what's in it and have a higher degree of certainty that nothing is on it that will compromise our security down the road.
It does seem a little extreme to me. However, having worked in the financial industry for a little over 18 months now, I can understand the need for some 'extreme' measures for security. I mean, in light of recent financial woes in the U.S., would you want to have your money in place you weren't sure was 100% safe? It's really a perceptuial issue that we, as a financial institution, have to go above and beyond to maintain, even if in reality it makes very little difference.
But I will investigate your 'Internet Sync' option, as I rarely if ever use attachments with my contacts. Thanks for the input.
10-08-2008 04:06 PM