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I am using Act! 10.0 (2008) in a small office where they have limited resources. They have a NAS (network attached storage) Linux Samba File Server where I have created a share with guest access only. I intend to store the files there so three (3) client workstations can access the database via the Samba network share.

I have run into a limitation after contacting Sage Support: apparently the host has to have the Act! 10.0 program - including SQL - installed to be able to share it and successfully use it.

I know there are alternative file sharing methods - DFS, Mapped Drives, etc - and I would like to know if there's a "hack" or alternative workaround to connecting to the database files so I do not have to install Act! on the NAS device, which is impossible anyways, since WINE does not support Act! and I don't not have the processing and memory available to handle it.
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SQL is a Client/Server app and you must have the database on a local drive to a copy of ACT! with SQL.

With only 3 users, you could run the database from one of their workstations.

For more info, see: http://blog.glcomputing.com.au/2009/02/sharing-act-network-or-sync.html

BTW: For future reference, there is an ACT! Zone - http://www.experts-exchange.com/Database/Contact_Management/ACT/
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Has anything new developed here?  I have a Buffalo Raid5 NAS device I would like to use with ACT! 2009 11.1.183 on MS Vista.

Everything I read says that a computer+locally installed disk is required, but briefly a tech at Sage ACT! support told me it was possible, but unless I paid for even more support and in addition to the six licenses I already own, they would not even email me a link to a KB entry or customer portal link.

If this is not possible, why technically cant this be done.  Why does it matter if the disk physically resides on the computer vs. a network drive?  When I access the current server computer from a remote machine, isnt it essentially doing the same to the server database?

Thanks!
David
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SQL requires the database on a local volume to the application.

It's client/server ... that is, when accessing from a workstation, you're actually just calling the application on the server to make a local access to the database and respond back with the data
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