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Desktop to Server Migration Question

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  • Desktop to Server Migration Question

    I have a functioning desktop app designed in V 11 currently in native dbf. My goal it to move this to my Zebrahost server. Once the database is web accessible, users must be able to add data. Initially, I plan on using every genie and wizard at my disposal for a quick and easy outcome. I will pretty it up as I gain experience.

    From my limited knowledge and experience, I anticipate the following course of action:

    1. Zebrahost already has my server active, but I believe I (they?) need to install a SQL server. I am leaning towards MS 2008 Express. Am I understanding this properly in believing I need the SQL Server running in order to keep my data on the server? Unless I've misread a number of posts, it seems as though many have stated that they keep their SQL data locally and update the server. I don't see how this could work with multiple users adding data.

    2. Upsize my database from native dbf to SQL locally. In previous efforts, I ran into issues regarding field name problems going from Access to SQL. I also seem to have issues during the upsize regarding primary keys. Is there a newbie SQL primer that anyone recommends? I just want to avoid pitfalls.

    3. Publish my upsized database to Zebrahost using the Flying Start Genie.

    The database will be used by employees, so functionality overrides aesthetics.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  • #2
    Re: Desktop to Server Migration Question

    Hey Kevin,

    1. You'll need SQL Server installed/activated on your server. There is no keeping data locally. You'll have a Connection String / Named Connection to establish a connection between your desktop and your Zebrahost server... that's how you get to your data on SQL Server.

    2. On the Desktop Control Panel, under Tools, you have Database Upsize Genie. You could use this to get your DBF data over into SQL Server.

    3. You can use the Flying Start Genie - after your data in upsized to SQL Server - to create your base grids. This is the Flying Start you get - Alpha will create the Grids, but the data must first be in place. Actually, that isn't quite true, you can run the Flying Start Genie against your DBF files, but since you're moving to SQL Server, might as well do that first, then create the Grids - because then the Grid's data source will be your SQL Server Named Connection.


    • #3
      Re: Desktop to Server Migration Question

      One not very related question.

      How am I going to manage the sql server later? such as insert table , insert structure field & etc?

      Need to have another program or can run from A5 itself??



      • #4
        Re: Desktop to Server Migration Question

        There are tools available for both SQL Server (SQL Server Management Studio) and MySQL (MySQL Workbench) that come with each of those servers. Many here use Navicat Premium which connects to multiple databases. You sit at your desk performing maintenance on the remote server.