In this scenario a manager wishes to use their local salesperson copy of SalesPartner on their PC, while also having the ability to access a networked copy of OfficePartner. By creating an alias entry, they can switch from their local data to accessing the networked office system. The server and client instances are both running version 12.
Prerequisites: spartner is shared on the server and the BDE / INI is configured accordingly.
In BDE Administrator on the client instance a new Alias is created via Object > New, named 'Office'. This alias's path is pointing to the spartner\data folder on the server.
On the client PC's desktop, a copy of the OfficePartner shortcut is created. We then right-click and edit the shortcut properties. In General the shortcut is renamed as Office Network. In Shortcut the path below is entered into Target.
Important: A networked copy of OfficePartner cannot be run simultaneously alongside SalesPartner running locally. Local BDE dependent applications including SalesPartner and SalesNet must be closed before launching the networked copy of OfficePartner. Also the other way around - the networked copy of OfficePartner must be exited before opening local applications.