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  • Create shadow Db on each station

    DO you have to run optimization from each workstation?
    Can I copy the shadow DB folder plus the icon to other workstations?
    Is there a better way to distribute the shadow db?

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    Re: Create shadow Db on each station

    Hi Mike,

    Are you doing the update/optimization locally, in the same office or building.



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      • #4
        Re: Create shadow Db on each station

        Hi Mike,

        I use the optimization by bumping up the version number under tools in the control panel after an application update. If it is the initial install I point runtime on each machine, at the the server with the updated total application that is in one folder on the server. Open up the application.
        Go back to the control panel and create a shadow database. Also I create the shortcut this way. You only have to do it once for the initial install. After that just bump up the version number, and make your pick as to how you want each station to update from there.

        I do not use a install program locally.

        You probably could do it your second way, by copying a proper shadow folder inside each workstation My Documents folder. And copying the icon to each desktop. I have not done it that way.

        I have another application, still on the company wan, that is probably 15 miles away still in version 7. On the server I have a development copy of the application. There are only 4 users there, and by locking them out, I do the updates on the server(they are shadowed). When I am finished doing the updates, I bump up the version number, and the updates are done by each workstation. I use Windows Remote Desktop conection, it is reasonably fast, to do what I need to do.

        Last edited by Ed Barley; 10-26-2010, 12:36 PM.


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          Re: Create shadow Db on each station

          Thanks for the response.
          Just one question:
          What is "bump up the version number"?


          • #6
            Re: Create shadow Db on each station

            Hi Mike,

            You make up your own version number. Go to Control Panel, Tools, Network Optimize. Look at the attached JPG.

            Say you start with 4.569 as your version number. After you do some programming and want everyone to use your new efforts, make the version number 4.570. Look at the 3 radio buttons on the tab. I use "Warn the user" one.



            • #7
              Re: Create shadow Db on each station

              HINT: Look at the image in Ed's post above and note that the "Options" tab isn't really optional. Think of it as "Options that must be reviewed and set as necessary."


              • #8
                Re: Create shadow Db on each station

                Thanks, I will try.
                I never realize that option.
                Thanks again.


                • #9
                  Re: Create shadow Db on each station

                  We do it slightly differently. I create a "Master" shadow database on my machine. I then create a self-extracting zip file that is directed to unzip to the common shadow folder on every workstation. This file is in a shared folder on one of our servers. We keep a text file on the server with update version numbers (dates) for all of our different shadow databases. When the users boot their machines, a routine runs that checks the local version number against the version number on the server, and if the server is newer, it causes the zip to execute and therefore refreshes the shadow. Doing it this way, we don't run into the problem of multiple workstations attempting to do a shadow refresh at the same time.



                  • #10
                    Re: Create shadow Db on each station

                    "Don't run into the problem of multiple workstations attempting to do a shadow refresh at the same time."

                    I guess this issue of multiple DB optimization can occur.

                    That routine, is it proprietary?

                    At the present I do not have large deployment of any of my DBs.
                    But I can see that routine could be of great help.

                    Thanks for the response and the comments.


                    • #11
                      Re: Create shadow Db on each station

                      No, it isn't proprietary. We use winzip to create the self extracting zip file, and a product called "Ground Control" to do the checking. Ground Control is a scripting language that will execute all sorts of DOS and windows commands without user intervention. We execute a "startup" routine when we boot the machines, and it does all sorts of checking, drive mapping, and other things that would be common tasks manually done. It is a godsend.

                      Ground Control is from Acrasoft. They have a website, and, most likely, a free trial.