will act as the information distribution point for all other
stations. This station can be a standalone system (dedicated
file server) or one of the systems you will be using in your
store (workstation/file server). Whether you’re using a
dedicated file server or a workstation/file server, from this
point on we will call it your file server. All stations
(including your file server) connect to a
using CAT 5 or
CAT 6 cable.
The next step
is to tell your file server to share its information with the
other stations. This is called “Network Rights” and FULL
rights must be granted to The Retail Solution data folder.
Look at some of the links below for more information on how to
do this with your version of Windows. If you’re using
Novell, Linux or some other file server operating system, refer
to your OS manual for more information. Also note that
most file server rights are granted on a per-user basis.
This is not The Retail Solution user but the user used for login
when starting the station. The most important thing to
understand is that if you don’t grant FULL rights to all files
in The Retail Solution data folder for the user that logs into
the remote station, it will not work correctly.
The next step
is to create a drive letter that points to your data on the file
server. Hopefully you can remember back to your High
school algebra (X=1) days. In the network world, it’s called
“Drive Mapping”. For example, drive “N:” on the remote station
equals drive “C:” on the file server. If you saved a file
to the “N:” drive on your remote station, the file would be on
your file server. Drive mapping is done using the “Tool”
option in “My Computer”. Each remote station needs a
mapped drive to the file server. Its important to note
that ALL stations MUST point to the same data. If drive “N:” is
mapped to “C:\TRS” on one station and drive “N:” is mapped to
“C:\TRSDATA” on another, the two stations will NOT be sharing
the same information.
is a simple test to confirm that all stations are sharing the
same information: From the PowerStation, select the “Help” menu
option. Then select “Start Station Test”. A red screen
will appear. Repeat this set on ALL remote stations. On
the file server, start the Manager’s Workstation. Select
“Control:Company Information” from the Main Menu. At the
Company Information window, select “Send Station Test” from the
Help menu. All remote station screens should turn green.
If not, the station is not pointing to the same data.
your network is not part of our support service, but we hope
this information is helpful. We have also included the
following links for more information. If you find other
links that were helpful, please let us know.