Kennel Connection 5.

Networking instructions

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To network Kennel Connection, you must be running a Windows 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.

WARNING! It is not recommended that you use wireless networking with Kennel
Connection. If the wireless signal is broken during a write operation, your
database could become corrupt beyond repair. Use a regular wired network
if you can.

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.  Kennel 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 KC5 folder if it is within the 'Program Files' folder. Please consult your local computer technician about sharing this folder.
  • From each workstation, assuming Kennel 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\KC5\WKENNEL.INI (assuming you installed the program in the C:\Program Files\KC5 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 KC5 folder on that drive. For example, if you shared the entire C drive on the main computer, the line should read DataDir=Program Files\KC5 (assuming you installed the software to the default location).

    Click File, Save, then File, Exit to close Notepad.
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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 in terms of the software!
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Now you must disable the power saving features of both the computer itself and it's associated network card for each computer on your network. Not doing so could cause the main computer to go to sleep due to inactivity, which will cause you workstations to be unable to communicate with it. On each computer:

To disable the power saving features of the computer itself: Right-click on the desktop and choose Properties On the screen saver tab, click the Power (or Advanced, depending on your operating system) button. Set all dropdown options on that screen to Never, except for maybe the monitor (that is your choice). Click Ok until all screens close.

To disable the power saving features of the network card: Right-click My Computer and click Properties. Click the Hardware tab, then the Device Manager button. Scroll down to Network adapters in the list and double-click it. Right-click on the listed network card and click Properties. On the Power Management tab, uncheck the box that says 'Allow computer to turn off this device to save power.' This is the most important option, because if your computer turns off your network card, especially in the main computer, you will be unable to get to the database. Click Ok until all screens close.
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One final note: When installing any updates to your software, it is imperative that each of the workstations be out of Kennel Connection. Once the update has been installed on the main computer and Kennel 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.
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As always, if you have any difficulty with any of the above, please call our technical support team, as they are more than willing to assist you in setting up your program on the network.

Blue Crystal Software Corporation • 3627 Lynn Lane • Nazareth, PA  18064
Phone (610) 837-0200