Gradience Pro / Enterprise - Turning a Standalone into a Server to Share the Data with Other Users

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These instructions are for those who are switching from running Gradience on a single computer to running it on multiple computers where the original standalone computer will play the role of server as it continues to host the data that it will now share-out to other computers where Gradience will be installed.

If you prefer to literally move the software and the data to an actual server causing the original computer to become a client and perhaps add more clients, these are the wrong instructions. You need to click here.

Please print this before proceeding further!

When you click to download the installation file, you will be taken away from these instructions. You'll need the print-out to know what steps to follow.

This process involves installation. Before proceeding, please read the warning below.

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Gradience Version 12 Warning!

Microsoft recently issued two updates to Windows 10. They were…

  • Windows Creator and…
  • 1709 

The result was that Gradience 12 became non-functional on any Windows 10 computer where these two updates have been implemented. Consequently, we are currently rewriting version 12 so that it will once again be compatible with Windows 10. We cannot say how long this process will take. So, we cannot give you an estimate on when version 12 will once again be certified compatible with Windows 10.

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Note to Version 12 Users: If you have been running Gradience version 12 on your standalone, you will need to continue using it but the other computers where you now plan to share it out cannot be Windows 10 computers. For any that are Windows 10 computers, you will have to install it on a Windows 7 VM (virtual machine). 

It may also be that you are running an older release of version 12 on your standalone computer than the one you will be installing on the other computer(s). When you run different releases of [any] version on various machines that are all pointed to the same database, you will get weird, voodoo-like performance from the software and you risk corrupting the data beyond repair. Such corruption can cause functionality issues that cannot be resolved.

So first you must open the software on the standalone and then click Help > About to view your full, multi-digit version number. If it is 12.17.0614.16, you are on the latest version 12. If it says 12.17.0510.16, you need to click here to install the latest one so that it will match what you will be installing on the server and on the other computer(s).

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Note to Version 11 Users: When you run different releases of [any] version on various machines that are all pointed to the same database, you will get weird, voodoo-like performance from the software and you risk corrupting the data beyond repair. Such corruption can cause functionality issues that cannot be resolved.

So first you must open the software on the standalone and then click Help > About to view your full, multi-digit version number. If it is 11.0.1606.29, you are on the latest version 11. If you see a version number where the digits following the 11 are lower, you need click here to install the latest one so that it will match what you will be installing on the other computer(s).

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After you have verified that you are running the latest version 11 or the latest version 12 on your original computer, you may now proceed with installing that [same] version on your intended client workstation(s). If you have not done so above already, please download the installation file for the version that you need.

  • Please click here to install version 11Please only install version 11 if you have been using version 11. Do not revert from version 12 to to version 11. Version 11 cannot read existing version 12 data.
  • Please click here to install version 12Please only install version 12 if you have been using version 12. Do not move up from version 11 to version 12 until after we re-release it.

At the Original Computer:

1. Go to C:\ProgramData\Gradience and copy the Hrware.ini file and save it in a neutral location.

2. Open the copied ini file in the neutral location and look at the line very near the top that begins with...

SERVER=

3. Change the word Localhost to the name of the original computer or it's IP address. 

4. Save the change and close the file.

At Each New Client:

1. Go to C:\ProgramData and create a folder there named Gradience.

2. Go to where you saved the [altered copy] of the Hrware.ini file and copy it again..

3. Go to C:\ProgramData\Gradience and paste the copied ini file. This will pre-point the software.

4. Install the appropriate version.

  • If you need version 11 please use the saved install file for version 11
  • If you need version 12 please use the saved install file for version 12.

Click here to troubleshoot connection issues.

IMPORTANT! Whether you are running version 11 or version 12; please ensure that you are running the [same iteration] of that version on [all] computers including the server. When you run different releases of [any] version on various machines that are all pointed to the same database, you will get weird, voodoo-like performance from the software and you risk corrupting the data beyond repair. Such corruption can cause functionality issues that cannot be resolved.

Tip! I highly recommend that you automate Gradience backups for the end-users. Even if the server does nightly backups, it's just way faster and simpler to restore a Gradience backup than to recover a copy of the database captured by your nightly server backups. The links below cover this.

Please click here to back up your data automatically.

Please click here to restore data that was previously backed up.

 

 

 

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