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Running Desktop Version Virtually

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  • Running Desktop Version Virtually

    We've been using Alpha Desktop since the early DOS days. Just one CRM/Billing application with 5 users. No bonified developers on staff. I've just muddled through doing what I can do over the years with a few tweaks here and there over the years. Currently the desktops run runtime versions and the data is stored on a file server in the office mapped to a drive on each desktop.

    I am looking at taking the business fully remote and would appreciate some thoughts on what is possible.

    -I don't think that converting the app to alphacloud is feasible: 1. Given the complexity of the app and lack of developer resources and 2. The cost.

    -Has anybody tried moving the data to a cloud service that can be mapped to a drive letter?

    -Has anybody moving everything to Virtual Windows Desktops?

  • #2
    I started with Alpha 4.5, and then quickly moved onto version 5. My biggest regret was not moving to MySQL earlier it made things so much easier. I, at about the same time as changing to SQL started developing the web side of things. Our server in the office now hosts the standard version of the application server and the data in mySQL format. I can access our application from anywhere that has a browser in this way. I am constantly tinkering with page layouts and have found that viewboxes are the way to go.


    • #3
      I'm not the IT guy. We are running multiple Alpha 5 version 11 desktop applications remotely. The Microsoft 2012 server is in Colorado. Using Microsoft Terminal server, we are connecting to the server using a Cisoco VPN from both Florida and Massachusetts. We are using TSPrint to redirect printing to local printers. This setup has been working now for a couple of years.
      Alpha 5 Version 11
      AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
      DBF's and MySql
      Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

      Ron Anusiewicz


      • #4
        John, I would go with Rons approach as he has a proven concept which is explainable.
        The main reason is that you take one problem out of the equation - the application.
        During transition it's better to have as few moving parts as you can get away with, especially if you are reliant on other technical skills which you don't have to hand.
        You also get the chance to try the change out incrementally.
        Once the app is working as you wish - and the suppliers in my experience are most helpful - if you wanted to explore running your own server, then Synology equipment is a good option and can run MS Server.

        Lance has a point though; if I knew then what I know now, I'd have gone the SQL route a while back. Like you though, I have legacy stuff which is too onerous to redevelop. Sometimes I shoehorn key data update and access into the old application via the Web as a Hybrid add-on.

        See our Hybrid Option here;


        • #5
          ditto on Ron's suggestion - I have been using T/S for many years without any issues
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          • #6
            Thank you everybody!