Gradience Pro / Enterprise - Switching From Standalone to Server Client


Go from running the program on a single computer as a standalone to running it on multiple computers sharing the same database

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.

You will be installing the latest iteration of version 12. At the time this article was written, the current iteration of version 12 was 12.17.0614.16, which came out on June 14, 2017. It is possible that at the time you are reading this, version 12 may have been updated again but this article has not yet been updated to reflect the new version number. The process below however, remains valid.

With respect to the multi-digit version number...

The 17 refers to the year 2017.

The 06 refers to the month of June.

The 14 refers to the day-of-the-month.

The 16 refers to the hour-of-the-day - 1600 hrs/4:00 PM EDT

IMPORTANT NOTE! Gradience version 12 is only compatible with Windows Server 2008 and 2012 and with Windows 7, 8, and 10.

IMPORTANT NOTE! You MUST run the [same], full, multi-digit version number of Gradience on the server and every client workstation. If you run different multi-digit versions on different computers, you will get strange performance from the software and you risk corrupting your data beyond repair!

Perform a Backup at the Original Standalone Workstation.

1. From within the program, click File > Maintenance > Back up Database.

2. Using the Select Directory window, navigate to where you want the backup to reside and click OK.

Download the installation file to the Server.

1. Click here to download the installation file for the latest version of Gradience. 

2. When you get to the web page select Gradience Suite

   Once downloaded, you should paste a copy of the installation file to the server's desktop.

Installing on the Server:  The name of it is GradienceCore.msi.

1. Run the installation and be sure to select Server when prompted as shown here...

2. Be sure to select only the software titles you wish to install.

3. Click Next through the rest of the prompts.

Copy the local ini File that now exists on the Server.

1. On the server, go to C:\ProgramData\Gradience and copy the Hrware.ini file and save the copied file to a neutral location. Note: The ProgramData folder may be hidden. You can find an article online to see how to make it visible for your operating system.

Restore the Backup you Made at the Old Standalone Computer.

1. Click on your Windows Start button > All Programs or All Apps > Gradience Maintenance >  Database Monitor

Note: If you’re unable to open Database Monitor because of a corrupted database, you’ll need to rename the current HRWARE.GDB database file. Afterwards, re-install the software. This will create a new, blank database. Open the software to establish connectivity. Exit out of the software and now run Database Monitor and continue with the steps below.

2. Enter the same login and password you use for the program and when the Database Monitor opens, click on Restore > Browse.

3. When the Look in popup opens, locate the backup from the list or click the down arrow to navigate to the folder where the backup resides. All backups have a date and time stamp. 

4. Double-click the backup file and it will appear in the upper field in the Database Monitor. 


5. Click Start Restore and click Yes to the message that appears. 


6. To exit, click on File > Exit. After a momentary delay, you may get a runtime error but this is a false error.

Install the current version of Gradience on the Old Standalone:

IMPORTANT! We realize this machine is to become a client workstation. Nevertheless, when running this new installation on the old standalone computer go ahead and select standalone as shown in the image below.

Point the Old Standalone Computer to the NEW database location:

This process is what will turn what had previously been a standalone into a client workstation.

1. Go to the neutral location where you stored the copy of the Hrware.ini file from the server.

2. Open the file and take note of the 3rd or 4th line down where you see SEVER=.

3. Change Localhost to the name of the server or the IP address of the server.

4. On the original computer go to C:\Programdata\Gradience. The Programdata folder may be hidden.

5. Use the copy of the Hrware.ini file that has just been changed to replace the original one.

6. Open the software on your original computer and change someone's middle initial and Save the change.

7. Return to the Server and find the same employee in Gradience and check the middle initial. If it does not match the change that was made, select another name and return to that name. It should match. 

8. Change it back to the correct middle initial and save the change.

9. Return to the original computer and select someone new and then select the same employee where you changed the middle initial earlier. It should now be back to normal because it was fixed over at the server. This proves that both computers are pointing to the same data. You may now close Gradience on the server and use it on your computer. 

Click here to add Gradience to NEW client workstations.

Click here to troubleshoot connection issues.




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