Sample Network Setup


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 Note: v9 AIM is installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\OSL-AIM\Data

The diagrams show a 5 user set-up AIM's data file AIM_be.accdb.

Also see re-linking your data containing file to new location.

Note: With the advent of cloud severs such as onedrive it is possible to move and connect AIM's data container to your cloud drive, however users should conduct their own testing to ensure connection continuity.






Note: Whilst the dictionary can also be placed on the server it is best to locate this file locally with each copy of the AIM.accde (front-end file).  This will ensure the program speed is not slowed by unnecessary spell checking over a network environment.


To help new users we have just run a simulated 5 user setup to a shared data file AIM_be.accdb.


Firstly we installed AIM fives times, 3 PC and 2 Laptop


IMPORTANT NOTE: It is always best to get the application successfully running on your local machine(s) before networking the user data containing files.


We then moved one of the files AIM_be.accdb to a new central server location and deleted any local copies that existed in the 5 installations.  (It's recommended to leave the dictionary.accdb file on the local PC, this to reduce network traffic, and also to make the dictionary words entered by the user unique to that user)


We then opened each program in turned, each time the program successfully identified that its data containing file had moved and offered the relinking routine.


Using the locate file routine, each program successfully relinked to the new centrally located AIM_be.accdb file.


We then opened all three AIM programs from their respective PCs.  To test the network set-up, We opened the same record on each PC and tried to edit it simultaneously, AIM then returned the correct write conflict warning:


Most new user have problems setting up AIM where there are read / write privileges issues over their network setup.  AIM needs to read / write privileges for both its parents and sub-directories on the local PC as well as to the network directory.


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