These network installation instructions are for RTG Conflicts.
RTG Conflicts is compatible with any local area network (LAN) that supports Windows PCs.
You can use the built-in networking of Windows, which is an example of a peer-to-peer network. On such a network, each PC can read and write to the hard disks on the other PCs, if you give them permission to do so.
You can also use RTG Conflicts on a network consisting of a file server and workstations. The file server can run Windows Server, Linux, or any other network operating system that supports Windows PCs as workstations. On such a network, each PC can read and write to the hard disks on the file server, if you give them permission to do so, but they cannot read or write to the hard disks on the other workstations.
The distinction between a file server and a workstation has to do with the role it plays. The hardware itself could be the same - an ordinary PC - although typical file servers are a heavy-duty version of the standard PC, designed for greater speed and higher reliability.
The RTG Conflicts program files and the RTG Conflicts data files do not have to be in the same directory (or "folder"). The installation program lets you choose separate locations for the programs and the data.
On a peer-to-peer network, choose one PC on which to install RTG Conflicts and its data files. RTG Conflicts may work a little faster on the PC where the data files are located, so if it will be used on one PC more than the others, choose that PC. The other PCs must be able to read and write to the directory where the RTG Conflicts data files will be installed. This PC is, in effect, your file server.
If you have an actual file server, you should install the RTG Conflicts program files on the PCs and the RTG Conflicts data files on the file server. Set the permissions on the network so that any user who will use RTG Conflicts can read and write to the directory on the file server where the RTG Conflicts data files will be installed.
Normally, the installation program puts the program files in this location:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Rtgconf
Some files are also installed in the Windows system directory.
Where to put the data files depends on the type of network, so we will now discuss the two possibilities separately.
The installation program will ask you where you want to store the RTG Conflicts data files (the Data Location). The standard location is this (for Windows 10/8/7/Vista)
This directory is not shared over the network. To share the data with other PCs, choose a shared location, such as the Public folder, for the Data Location. In other words, other PCs must have permission to read and change the files in that location. In effect, this PC will be the server for other PCs on the network.
If you have a file server, create a data directory on the server for RTG Conflicts. Name the directory Confdata. However, do not start the installation program on the file server. Instead, you will start the installation program on a workstation.
Set the permissions on the data directory so that other PCs can read and change the files.
Let's suppose that you created the directory Confdata somewhere on the server's hard disk, and you set that directory to be shared over the network. The workstations can refer to this directory as \\MyServer\Confdata, where MyServer is the name of your file server.
Now start the installation program on a workstation. When you are asked for the destination directory, you can use the standard directory, C:\Program Files\Rtgconf. However, when you are asked for the Data Location, enter the path to the shared directory on the file server.
When the installation is complete, the program files will be on the PC and the data files will be on the server. However, some files are also installed in the local Windows system directory of the workstation.
At this point you should be able to start RTG Conflicts from the PC you did the installation on. Try it to be sure it works.
If RTG Conflicts cannot find the RTG Conflicts database, repeat the installation with the correct Data Location.
To verify that it is working properly, click the Reports button. In the list of reports, double-click User List. You should see the User List displayed in the RTG Viewer. If you have not yet started using RTG Conflicts, you will only have one user, the Supervisor. Click Close, or press the Esc key, to leave the RTG Viewer. Then click Close again, or press the Esc key again, to leave the Choose A Report window.
Some installations of RTG Conflicts use it on one PC. However, RTG Conflicts is a fully multi-user program. That means it can be used by several people at the same time. If you don't need to use RTG Conflicts from another PC, skip the rest of this section.
At this point we assume you want to use RTG Conflicts on another PC in addition to the one you just set up.
Before you proceed, make sure no one is logged into RTG Conflicts as the Supervisor.
Go to the second PC and verify that you can see the directory where you installed the RTG Conflicts data files on the first computer. We'll assume it is named \\MyServer\Confdata. Even if you have a peer-to-peer network, that first PC is, in effect, your file server.
You are ready to install RTG Conflicts on this PC. You need the installation file that you used on the first PC. Copy the installation file to a shared location on the network from the first PC, then copy it from there to the second PC.
Start the installation program on this PC. When you are asked for the destination directory, use the standard location for the programs, but use \\MyServer\Confdata (or whatever location you used previously) for the Data Location.
Test the installation by starting RTG Conflicts from the second PC.
Do more people need RTG Conflicts? Just repeat this process.
Several people can use RTG Conflicts at the same time if you purchase additional user licenses. However, without additional licenses, there is only one user, the Supervisor.
If you have purchased a second user license, you will have received a License Key. You must enter the License Key into RTG Conflicts.
Start RTG Conflicts. If you are asked to log in, log in as the Supervisor. Choose Setup > Users from the menu. You will see the Edit RTG Conflicts Users window. Click New and enter a user name for the second user. Click OK. A message reminds you that the user has no password. Click OK. Select the name of the new user and click the Edit License Key button. Enter the License Key in the box and click OK.
If you have not yet given the Supervisor a password, you must do that now. Select the Supervisor in the list and click Change Password. Enter the password twice and click OK. A message says that the password was changed. Click OK. At the Edit RTG Conflicts Users window, click Close.
Now two people can use RTG Conflicts, one logged in as Supervisor and the other logged in with the user name you just entered. By giving the Supervisor a password, you turned on the security system, which requires each user to enter a user name and password. This is necessary for multi-user operation.
You may occasionally see multi-user conflicts. For example, when one user edits a party, a portion of the database is locked. That prevents another user from editing the same party. The program will detect this situation and display a message saying that the party may be in use.