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Client/Server Setup

The stand-alone edition of Siqnal will install a client and a database server. In a client/server environment, only one computer needs a Siqnal database and all clients must point to the database on this computer. The computer that has the database installed is referred to as "the server" on this page. The server does not have to be a server edition of Windows; the server can be a workstation.

The server must have the stand-alone edition installed and this copy of the database is used as the server database, and all clients must therefore point to this common database. It does not matter, if client installations are client only or stand-alone installations. When the database reference is changed on clients, the stand-alone version database is no longer used.

Configuring Clients

In a client/server environment, each client must point to the server's database. To do this, go to the "Help" tab and click "Client/Server Settings", as shown below. The settings on this tab must be identical on all clients.

Siqnal Client/Server

The stand-alone installation comes with SQL Server 2008 Express R2. By default, the instance installed is called "SQLExpress", so ".\SQLExpress" means the SQL Server instance called "SQLExpress" on the local machine. If the server is called CORPSERVER, the correct setting on all clients would be CORPSERVER\SQLExpress, if named pipes are used. If TCP/IP is configured, the database server name would be CORPSERVER or the ip address and optionally port on the server.

Integrated security refers to whether Windows or SQL Server authentication is used. Setting the Integrated Security checkmark means that Windows Authentication is used to access the SQL Server database.

If you have an existing SQL Server 2008 R2 edition that you would like to use, the database files can just be copied and attached to your SQL Server installation. Siqnal will work with any edition of SQL Server 2008 R2.

Shared files

It is extremely important that the "Shared file path" is set identically on all clients. The shared path in a client/server environment would be a network share and all clients and users must have read/write access to this folder. The folder is used to store images files, such as corporate logos, article pictures, etc. If this setting is incorrect, images will be missing from the application and added images will not be visible to other users.

Troubleshooting

If you configured your clients and the "Test" button says it can't find the database, this is most likely because remote connections are not enabled on the server. For more information on how to open up for remote connections, please refer to the official SQL Server configuration section on Microsoft MSDN.

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