04-05-2010 10:54 AM
we are running Windows XP and have multi user licence. The Server (Microsoft Small Business Server 2003) hosts the main database. Whats the best way for the local PC's to access it?
At the moment each PC has ACT! installed locally and accesses the main db via a mapped process.
We have had a few problems with the speed of the Pc's as we run quite a lot of graphics packages and wondered if there is a better way to use ACT! with our current setup?
Any suggestions or advice would be gratefully received.
04-06-2010 03:19 AM
Maybe have a look at this article:
04-07-2010 06:42 AM
Another option if the issue is primarily one of performance of the clients, might be to publish Act! as application using Terminal Services or similar.
There is a product that is supposed to support using your SBS 2003 server as a Terminal Server, and it appears to be very affordable - TSPlus - http://www.terminalserviceplus.com/index.php.
They offer a 5-user, 15 day trial.
If you have enough underutilized power on your SBS server, this might be a good option.
04-09-2010 01:52 AM
Apart from the standard ways of configuring the network to allow sharing of the ACT database, you might also want to consider deployment to PC's via a thin client solution. This has the advantage of not requiring the full installation and maintenance ACT on each user machine, is network light - and will run very well from remote locations. It does mean though that the server is now doing the data processing so this should be considered. More information can be found here.