Timeslips conversion

Posted on 2006-05-24
Last Modified: 2008-02-26
we are merging 2 offices which are about 200 miles apart.
We will be installing a VPN on each end using a windows 2003 server as the primary domain in one location (lets call it A)and another Windows 2003 Server with a trust relationshio at the other location(lets call it B).
Both buildings currently are using Timeslips Database. We want to combine the 2 databases together(or should I say the information.. and have the new database reside on the Windows 2003 DC computer at location A.
There is a T-1 connection to the internet in the location with the DC computer (A)and a cable modem connection to the internet at the other location(B).

The timeslips databases in each locataion are 2 different versions so I know I must upgrade to the same version for all computers.
What we want to happen is use B's Timeslip Database and move A's info into B.
Where it gets complicated is that we want to move the location of B's Database to A's location.
Can someone please tell me if this is possible to just copy the database and what is involved or is there more to it.
Mappped drives? Also, someone mentioned that I need to consider each's configuration file??? Please explain.

Based upon the slower Cable modem connection to the internet in location B do you think there will be slow access to the database at location A.
One more thing.. There are 3 users in Location A and 10 users in Locatin B.
Need resolution asap.
Thanks in advance
Question by:kcassone
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    Gidday kcassone, I'm sure you'll get a lot of helpful suggestions and different solutions to this one.

    Firstly you don't say which database you currently have (MS Access?) or which technologies your Timeslips application uses. I'm guessing that your timeslips application is third party desktop software which will probably make it very difficult/impossible to configure in this instance.

    If your Timeslips application has been developed in-house and you can select where and how your data resides then your ideal solution will involve hosting your data on a more industrial strength database like SQL Server or Oracle and export all your existing data to it (note: this is a major I.T project!)

    The simple solution (I would get the vendor of your software involved before taking any further steps) is to import all the data from one database into the other, run some tests to make sure all of the data is there and then drop it on a network share. Note that this solution will not work over the internet as you are proposing. The only way this will work is to host your database somewhere (either your own server or an ISP) and point your application  towards it.

    I think the first step towards a solution is to find out more about your application... have you got any more info for us?

    Mapped drives are only going to help you connect if you are on the same LAN.

    Transferring megabytes of data across a modem will be very slow indeed (unusable). However, I don't think this is a viable solution anyway.


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