Setting Up PhonePad for Local Mode

Setting Up PhonePad for Local Mode

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Setting Up PhonePad for Local Mode

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Local mode is used when the PhonePad database is located on a shared drive and folder, ie. when you are using it on a peer-to-peer network or local area network (LAN).  In this mode, PhonePad connects directly to the database in the location you specify.






Your PhonePad database is automatically created by DBUpdate, which should have run when you installed PhonePad.  DBUpdate will automatically set the location of the PhonePad database, and this should appear under Local Database Folder.


If the setting does not appear, or you want to change the location, type in the location of the PhonePad database, or click on the folder icon and select the appropriate directory.  You can also use the Find Database option to search for your PhonePad database.


It is highly recommended you check your PhonePad configuration by clicking the small button with the check mark or tick, which is located to the right of the Local Database Folder field.


Make sure Local is selected under Connection Mode, and then click the OK button.


If you are running PhonePad from the shared drive then there is nothing more you need to do.  If you have PhonePad installed on each workstation then you will need to run DBConnect on each workstation, or copy the configuration file (PHONEPAD.INI) to the PhonePad directory on each workstation.  PhonePad Admin also requires PHONEPAD.INI.



Selecting and Checking the Data Directory



The small folder button is used to select the location of the PhonePad database.


Click this button to validate the data directory you have selected or entered.  DBConnect will check the location to verify that it does contain the PhonePad database.


See Checking Your PhonePad Configuration for more information.


Click the UNC button to convert the Local Database Folder setting from a full path to a UNC path.  The UNC replaces the drive name with the computer name.


For example, it will convert C:\PhonePad\Data to \\MyComputer\PhonePad\Data


Please note that the UNC button only works if the Local Database Folder setting is set to a folder on another computer, eg. your server of Host PC.


Click the Share button to create a network share for the PhonePad data folder and set the Local Data Folder path to the share path.


For example, it will change the Local Database Folder setting from C:\Users\Public\Documents\PhonePadData to \\MyComputer\PhonePadData.


Click this button to activate the Find PhonePad Database feature.  This facility will scan the selected location for the PhonePad database and set the location for you.



Temporary File Directory


PhonePad often creates temporary files during normal usage in Local mode.  These files are created and deleted automatically so it is not something you need to worry about.


PhonePad will automatically use the default Windows temporary folder for these temporary files unless this setting is not blank.  You can override this setting by specifying a folder or you can click the button shown in the screen below to specify the computer's Windows temporary folder, but it is highly recommended that you leave this setting blank and let PhonePad detect it automatically.







You can also connect to the PhonePad database on a LAN using Remote mode.  Normally, you would use Local mode but you may want to connect remotely if you are experiencing problems with transient drive connections.  These typically occur on startup of Windows when PhonePad tries to connect to the database but the drive connections have not yet been established by Windows.


Connecting in Remote mode can also be beneficial if you are experiencing data corruption problems which is almost always due to workstations crashing, or being switched off or rebooted without first shutting down PhonePad.


Of course, if you need to connect to PhonePad from home or a remote location your only option is to use Remote mode.


See Setting Up PhonePad for Remote Mode for more information.