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3.1. Network Setup Instructions

Star Bill of Lading Program Network Version.
Network Setup and Upgrade Instructions

To set up the Network Version of this software, you should follow these instructions.

1.) If you are already running a version of the Star Bill of Lading Software you should backup your Current Star Bill of Lading data.

Here are the instructions for Running a Backup of your database.
How to Backup your Database

2.) Install the Star Bill of Lading Network Edition program onto your workstation AND any other workstations that will be running the software.

All you need to do is to run the file you downloaded. To do this, you can either double-click on it, or run it. This will run the installation program. During the installation, you will be prompted to accept the license agreement along with other information needed to perform the installation. When the program is finished installing, if you are running Windows XP or earlier, you will be prompted to run the software. If you are running Windows Vista or 7, the installation program will close and you will be finished with the install.

Here is a sample of some of the screens you will see during the install process:

Follow the prompts. When the installation is complete, click Finish.

3.) After you have finished the install, the default folder for the data is located below.

C:\Users\Public\Documents\StarreSoft\Star Bill of Lading\data
(This folder contains all the necessary data files to run the Bill of Lading program.)

4.) Next check to see if the program runs on all of the workstations you installed the software to. If everything works, then you are ready to proceed. (Do not worry about the data yet. This will be setup later.)

5.) Create a folder on your server. (Our server is F:) For example, Star BOL Data.
Right click your server (1), click on New (2) and select Folder (3)

Rename the new folder 

Our example is Star BOL Data

Now you need to copy the current data files to the new folder on your server. Locate your current data.
Navigate to the default data location. Should be C:\Users\Public\Documents\StarreSoft\Star Bill of Lading/data
Right click on the data folder and then click Copy.

Now go back to the location of the new folder you created on your server and paste the data you copied.

Your new data folder should now reside in the folder you created on the server


6.) Now you need to setup your workstation(s) to point to the folder on the server that you just created and loaded with the data files. You need to run the utility called Workstation Configuration Setup Utility. This will handle the setup process for you. This program was installed during the installation process and can be run by clicking on the Windows Start button, then Programs, then Star Bill of Lading, then Utilities, then Workstation Configuration Setup Utility. 

This will display the Current Location of the data files. To configure the data pointer, you need to click on the Set Location button. 

This will show you a layout of your folders and network drives. Select the Server/Workstation that you copied the original data files to: ie. F:\Star BOL Data\data. 

Then click OK. If you did this correctly, and the files reside in this folder, you will be notified. Then click Exit. Your system should be setup correctly.

Be sure to run the Workstation Configuration Setup Utility on each of your workstations. 

7. If you have been using the software on a single workstation and upgraded to the Network Edition, you should run the Restore procedure so the database information you were using is now on the server or shared workstation.  Here is how this is performed.

How to Restore your already backup database.

You should be good to go.

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