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Networking Instructions

To network Salon Connection, you must be running a Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP peer-to-peer network.

NOTE: Your network MUST be in place and configured and all machines 'talking' prior to using these instructions.

To set up the networking portion of the program, follow these instructions:

  • Select a machine to be the main machine, or server. This machine will house the database and should be capable of backing up the database. Salon Connection must be installed on this machine, and on every machine on your network. The network should already be in place and functioning before attempting the following.

  • Share the drive or directory where the database will reside. NOTE: The report files (*.RPT) MUST be in the same folder as the database. Do this by double-clicking My Computer. Right click the C: drive and select Sharing. Type in a name for this drive next to Shared as (we recommend accepting the default, C). Now, under Access type, click "Full." Click Apply, then Ok.

    WARNING! Windows XP WILL NOT allow sharing of the SalonConn folder if it is within the 'Program Files' folder. Please consult your local computer technician about sharing this folder.

  • From each workstation, assuming Salon Connection has already been installed, right-click Network Neighborhood ('My Network Places' in Windows XP). Select Map network drive. In the top box, next to drive, select K (or any available drive). In the lower box, next to path, type \\servername\sharename, where servername is the name of the main machine decided upon in the first step, and sharename is the name of the share given the drive in the second step.

  • Now we must tell the program on each workstation where to find the database. At each individual workstation, click Start, Run, and type in C:\Program Files\SalonConn\Salon.INI (assuming you installed the program in the C:\Program Files\SalonConn folder on that machine) and click OK. Notepad will start and your program settings will be displayed. Next to DataDrive=, change the letter C to a K (or whichever letter you chose in step three).

    To effectively find what folder you mapped to, double-click 'My Computer' and double-click the drive you created in step 3. If you see the 'Images' and 'Pics' folders, clear out the directory name on the DataDir= line (leaving the line to say DataDir=). If you don't see the 'Images' and 'Pics' folders, you mapped to another portion of the main computer's drive, and will need to enter the path to the SalonConn folder on that drive. For example, if you shared the entire C drive on the main computer, the line should read DataDir=Program Files\SalonConn (assuming you installed the software to the default location).

    Click File, Save, then File, Exit to close Notepad.

And thats all there is to it! Steps three and four must be repeated on each of your workstations, but after that, you are all set to go!

One final note: When installing any updates to your software, it is imperative that each of the workstations be out of Salon Connection. Once the update has been installed on the main computer and Salon Connection started successfully, then each of the work stations should receive the update and subsequently started. If you have a separate server that you do not operate as a workstation, you MUST put all report files (*.RPT) on the server.

As always, if you have any difficulty with any of the above, please call our technical support staff, as they are more than willing to assist you in setting up your program on the network.