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In order to share the BioPAK database between multiple computers on a network, one computer must be designated as the server. The database resides on the server computer and accepts connections from the client computers. This machine must be running and connected to the network for the client/server system to function.

 

Network configuration notes:

The network must be configured to use the TCP/IP protocol.

The database engine uses port 3050.  You may have to configure your firewall hardware/software to enable this port.

 

Server Installation

  1. Install BioPAK on the server machine using the administrator account. Choose the Network Server option during the installation. This automatically installs the Firebird Database Server software. You can optionally have the installation files copied to a subfolder in case you want to rerun the installer in the future.

 

  1. Run the BioPAK program. Enter the registration name/key number if prompted. If this machine had a previous version of BioPAK installed, it will convert the old database. Otherwise an empty database is created.

 

  1. Make a note of the network name of the server computer.  This is needed for the client installations.  (To get the name, right-click Computer on the start menu and choose properties to see the Computer Name)


The client computers will automatically attempt to connect to the server database with the alias BIOPAK.  You can use the Database Wizard to change the database associated with this alias, or to create a new alias for a different database.


Client Installations

Repeat these steps for each client machine. DO NOT plug in the BioResearch USB interface before the software has been installed.

 

  1. Install BioPAK.  Choose the Network Client option during the installation.  After the BioPAK installer finishes, run the InstaCal device driver software installation and restart the machine.

 

  1. Run the BioPAK program. Enter the registration name/key number if prompted.  Enter the server name when prompted (the name of the server machine, not the name of the network).

 

The client computers will automatically attempt to connect to the server database with the alias BIOPAK.  This is the alias for the default database created on the server.  If you need to connect to a different database, use the Database Wizard to change the database connection.