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  • Network Server Storage

    Hi This is my first attempt at a database and I intend to run it on a Server at work. I gather that Alpha5 stores drive location information within the databse code and therefore the development drive should be configured to be/have the same URL address as that on the Server. OK sounds real sensible but I can't quite get my head around how to accomplish this on my PC at home. Can someone give a practical example of how to configure this on my Home PC. For the sake of arguement I will probably use Drive D: on the Server in a folder called Alpha5 Database - how do I configure this on my Home PC?

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    RE: Network Server Storage

    Not quite answering my own question and I have no doubt that this will prove to have a totally obvious answer, which I don't know! It does occur to me that as I will ultimately be deploying the finished application via a 10 user runtime it begs the additional question of just how would the application know in advance where it is to be deployed from?


    • #3
      RE: Network Server Storage


      A fundamental design decision is whether to keep the tables in the same folder as the database dictionary files. i.e. in the same folder as the ADB file for your database. This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

      If you do this on your home machine, all you must do is copy all the files from database folder to a SINGLE folder on your server. When the database is opened there it will run just fine reqardless of the drive letter assigned to the partition in which that folder is located.

      Similarly, once you have it installed on the server, to update your copy at home just copy the files from the one folder on your server to the one folder at home.

      It's a piece of cake. However, it will crumble into an unmanageable mess if you opt to store the tables in a different folder than the database dictionaries.

      -- tom


      • #4
        RE: Network Server Storage

        The only time that Alpha Five cares where you put files is when you put your files in multiple different directories. If you put the entire application in one folder, then it is completely transportable from one computer to another, and you can put it on your network without any problem. That is, you can develop the application in
        and move it all the files to

        and as long as all the tables for the application are in the same folder, A5 won't care.


        • #5
          RE: Network Server Storage

          Many thanks for that - it was the PACE Training Manual Level 1 (page 65) that gave rise to the 'issue' it is less than clear on this aspect...