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Topic # 63085 20-Jun-2010 22:32
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i have an accounting package called solution (6) which is currently installed on a standalone machine, considering a server setup, so another client can operate parallel to this, assuming i get a second license how can i do this?.

obviously i am looking at 3 machines in total (2 X clients and 1 X server) can anyone help me on this? i have started reading up and came accross that various company's using MYOB, use terminal server to do this?

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  Reply # 343584 20-Jun-2010 23:59
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You have a number of options. Most likely, and not in any particular order:

(1) Use an inexpensive Linux-based Samba server to serve the data files to the client machines for your app. I'm not all that familiar with Soln 6 but MYOB works fine with this.

(2) Similar to above but simply share the data from your existing machine to another. Depending upon the age of the machine if you're looking at getting another then perhaps use the new one for this, it'll be faster and better able to handle a bit more activity. This assumes the other machine(s) are in the same office, or at least directly connected somehow. Doing it via the internet would be unsatisfactory for anything other than a miniscule data set.

(3) Terminal server. You can also work on a terminal server so if your client is remote (ie. not in the same building) then they can log into the [terminal server] machine you're working on. You'd not really be aware that they're doing this and it would save you purchasing an additional machine. Once again a new unit with plenty of RAM and good CPU would assist (no need to go overboard for just two logins though!). Obviously you'd need to use an appropriate OS for this.

Cheers, P.

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  Reply # 343588 21-Jun-2010 00:14
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I realize this isn't answering your question directly but have you looked at a cloud based accounting solution such as NZ's own Xero? Add as many users as you like and it takes a minute or two....

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  Reply # 343651 21-Jun-2010 09:39
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Zeon: I realize this isn't answering your question directly but have you looked at a cloud based accounting solution such as NZ's own Xero? Add as many users as you like and it takes a minute or two....

I have actually undertaken this as a non-profitable project for a family member. ill surly tell him about this.

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  Reply # 343685 21-Jun-2010 10:42
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You will also need to ensure that the Solution 6 product is actually happy running on a Terminal Server in (presumably) multi-user mode and also that it is capable of writing its data to a network share. Some accounting software has separate stand-alone vs network versions.

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