install BDE in the network?...

How can I install just one copy of the BDE on a network server and make all clients use that.  If I installed my program onto a fresh network server, I want to store the BDE on the network drive.  When I add new clients I will simply add a new shortcut to point to the program.  So I want the new clients all pointing to one common BDE on the network server.
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This is easily done, it's just a matter of applying the correct vaules to the right keys in the registry
It's a bit of a pain so borland have created an app to setup the registry values and another one to set them up for you


BDE network installation example with source


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just setup the location and values using the administrator program, and then use the setup program on each machine. They will now be all pointing at the same BDE files on the network.

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Richard Jenkins
As far as I'm aware this can only be done with a "special" networkable version of the BDE (which I've heard cost quite a lot of bucks).

In theory though I can't think of a good reason why you can't do this.

Try the following:
1) On the server create a drive called X (for this example I'm using X). It's important that you will be using a shared directory so that all machines can map this directory to drive X to prevent path conflictions/variations. To do this in the server create a directory called C:\BDE and then share this directory. On the server add the following code to your Autoexec.bat: SUBST X: C:\BDE

You now have a virtual X-drive on the server.

2) On all of the workstations map the BDE shared directory to drive X.

3) Install the BDE on the server to drive X.

4) Using RegEdit copy the following registry branch to a file which you can now install into the registry on all the client machines (if you don't know how to do this let me know and I'll explain it). The branch: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SOFTWARE, Borland, Database Engine  (I'm using BDE 5.0. I can't remember if this will be exactly this same for the older versions).

5) It might be that there are a couple of file which needs to be copied to the Windows system directory. The BDE should complain about not finding these files when trying to use it on the client machines. You could just copy these files to the client machines but I suggest you first try the following:
Copy these files to a directory on the X-drive and put this directory into your PATH statement on all the machines. With any luck the BDE will then find these files on the server and you won't have to copy them to the clients.

In theory all the machine will now be able to use the BDE on the server. Let me know how it goes. If these suggestions help you enough let me know and I'll submit this as an answer.

Good luck.

I'd check the TI sheets at inprise's web site. If I remember correctly there is a data sheet outlining network BDE installation.


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As All the source code is there you can inbed it into your app, so its the first thing it does when you run it. just store the infile in the same directory as the app and open it up.

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