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Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

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  • Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

    Hello

    I'm currently running our workspace/database on Alpha Anywhere 3.5 version 12.3 on a windows server, and I have around ten users in our office using Runtime accessing the data.

    Because of Coronavirus, we need more employees to work at home, and I was thinking if it's possible to put our data in the cloud using Google Drive. And then everybody could access from home.

    I tried to do this, but I can't access my Google drive from within the file locations in Alpha. Does anyone know if this is possible to use our workspace in the cloud? Our operating systems are Windows 10

    I would be grateful for any advice.

    I have been a user of Alpha for 25 years, starting in DOS! but have not needed to change our applications for many years, so I'm a bit lost now with the alpha product which has changed massively

    Thanks for your help

    David Little
    Waltham Abbey, UK

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    Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

    David,

    Don't even think about using Google drive for a runtime app. The performance would be atrocious.

    What you need is a windows server (virtual or otherwise) and some form of remote Windows desktop service (we use TSPlus) to allow your users to connect to the application.

    If the workload is relatively light, we may be able to host this for you. Either PM me, or reply below with details of disk space required, number of users and estimate of activity e.g. how many updates/reads per hour

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      Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

      Originally posted by armasoft View Post
      David,

      Don't even think about using Google drive for a runtime app. The performance would be atrocious.

      What you need is a windows server (virtual or otherwise) and some form of remote Windows desktop service (we use TSPlus) to allow your users to connect to the application.

      If the workload is relatively light, we may be able to host this for you. Either PM me, or reply below with details of disk space required, number of users and estimate of activity e.g. how many updates/reads per hour

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        Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

        Thanks very much for your appreciated reply Jon, thats very helpful.
        We have a dedicated server already hosting our email accounts and some redundant websites, so i can look at converting this for our requirements, but thanks for your offer

        Kind regards

        David Little

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          Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

          David,

          We have many users on our system (200+).

          In light of the outbreak, we are deploying LogMeIn for a number of users to access their in-house computers remotely from home. I've been using it for years because there are things that just can't be done during normal working hours.

          You might want to look into it.

          Tom

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            Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

            Hi Tom,

            Have you considered DropBox? For the 10 users, you might consider it. You would need to Network Optimize so more than one could be on at once. I've just used it recently for my Document Manager and it works well. I can then append records, or copy and paste files, entered into the dropbox setup into my app running on the cloud via RDP/Terminal Services.

            ~ Tom

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              Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

              IMO using dropbox is asking for corruption. You have no control over who updates what records when and at what point dropbox decides to sync your copies. Just about workable with a single user solution, but even then I'd be wary as dropbox may lock files while you're tryingt o update them.

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                Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

                Logmein / teamviewer etc. to connect back to the office is a reasonable solution for the short term, but you need somebody onsite to fix any problems with the PCs / reboot etc. etc. Also can prove rather expensive if you need to buy 12 month licenses to get you over this (hopefully) temporary blip.

                Central server and remote desktop resolves most issues except in the event of the server falling off a cliff.

                David, my offer is still open if you wish to discuss. We have spare capacity (up to 100Gb of SSD storage) and it looks like our servers will be very quiet if/when schools/nurseries are closed.

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                  Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

                  For what it's worth, I've used TeamViewer and while it's nice for emergencies, I am often
                  frustrated by the need to have someone local to put in passwords if I need to do anything as admin.
                  My solution was to setup a Linux vm as a ssh server. I connect to the ssh server, and then tunnel
                  to desktop computer in question using RDP or UltraVNC. The ssh server also allows me to tunnel
                  to my sqlServer. Cost = my time to setup and admin.

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                    Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

                    Originally posted by madtowng View Post
                    For what it's worth, I've used TeamViewer and while it's nice for emergencies, I am often
                    frustrated by the need to have someone local to put in passwords if I need to do anything as admin.
                    My solution was to setup a Linux vm as a ssh server. I connect to the ssh server, and then tunnel
                    to desktop computer in question using RDP or UltraVNC. The ssh server also allows me to tunnel
                    to my sqlServer. Cost = my time to setup and admin.
                    Make a teamviewer account and add the machine to that account.

                    Then you can open your account, see the systems connected to the account, and connect automagically.
                    Al Buchholz
                    Bookwood Systems, LTD
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                    Occam's Razor - KISS
                    Normalize till it hurts - De-normalize till it works.
                    Advice offered and questions asked in the spirit of learning how to fish is better than someone giving you a fish.
                    When we triage a problem it is much easier to read sample systems than to read a mind.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Can I use Google Drive to host my Database for Runtime Users

                      This offer may be of interest to anyone looking to set up remote working in the current climate...

                      TSplus is here to assist. For businesses exploring new options for remote work and application delivery, we have extended our fully featured trial from 5 users / 15 days to 25 users / 30 days.
                      We want everyone to have the ability to make the rapid transitions required to keep up with the changing times.
                      Quick and easy setup, combined with world class enterprise management features makes TSplus a nearly turn-key solution for new and expanding remote access requirements.

                      https://www.terminalserviceplus.com/download.php

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