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Run Act from a NAS or Router Attached Drive

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Country: Canada

Run Act from a NAS or Router Attached Drive

We have a drive that is attached DIRECTLY to our office router.  That drive can be shared to every computer in the office by mapping it.  I can copy Act to that drive, but I can't get any computer to actually open the database.  It keeps going back to the old database that is installed on a shared computer.

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Re: Run Act from a NAS or Router Attached Drive

ACT! would need to be installed, not just stored, on the drive so that the SQL server can be installed and the ACT! instance of SQL can be created. This means that Windows would also need to be installed. These are system requirements for the ACT! program.
Roy Laudenslager
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Country: Canada

Re: Run Act from a NAS or Router Attached Drive

Are you saying that Act is not a standalone database?  It HAS to have an OS behind it?  Who made that stupid decision?  Why would you complicate it like that?

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Re: Run Act from a NAS or Router Attached Drive

It depends on what you mean by a standalone database. If you mean does the ACT! program directly manage the database the answer is no, not since ACT! 6. With ACT! 2006 V8 the database structure was changed from codebase to SQL. ACT! makes use of MSSQL to manage the database. There other SQL servers available for example MySQL but a feature of an SQL serve is that it manages the database. With the old codebase, the ACT! program was limited in database size and number of users. Because ACT! directly managed the database , an immense amount of network traffic was created due to the fact that each record accessed required multiple network transaction because no single instance of the ACT! program on the network exclusively controlled the database. With the SQL server managing the database there is a single source directly accessing the database. This permits much larger databases and greater numbers of users. However that does mean that the ACT! database must have Windows, the ACT! program and the MSSQL server installed to be able access the datase over the network.
Roy Laudenslager
ACT! Certified Consultant
ACT! Report Expert
Durkin Impact Report Designer
www.techbenders.com
royel@techbenders.com
541-343-8129