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This manual is one of a set of manuals for TEMS LinkPlanner, including these documents: TEMS LinkPlanner Installation Guide TEMS LinkPlanner Users Guide TEMS LinkPlanner Technical Reference TEMS LinkPlanner MultiUser Guidelines TEMS LinkPlanner Map Converter User's Guide This manual is provided by Ascom without any kind of warranty. Improvements and changes in this description due to typographical errors, inaccuracies in current information, or improvements to programs and/or equipment may be made by Ascom at any time without notice. These changes will, however, be incorporated into new editions of this manual. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, stored in a retrieval system, nor translated into any human or computer language, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, magnetic, optical, chemical, manual, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyrighted owner, Ascom. Ascom 2009. All rights reserved. TEMS is a trademark of Ascom. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.

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Contents
1 MULTIUSER SYSTEM OVERVIEW ........................................................ 5
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Overview of the multiuser system ....................................................... 5 Multiuser terminology ......................................................................... 6 Network planner ................................................................................ 6 Master responsible ............................................................................ 7 TEMS LinkPlanner client .................................................................... 7 TEMS LinkPlanner master ................................................................. 8 Client database .................................................................................. 9 Master database ................................................................................ 9 Database synchronization .................................................................. 9 Synchronization manager ................................................................ 10 Restore client database ................................................................... 11 Handling geographical data .............................................................. 12 Project network data ........................................................................ 12 Equipment data ............................................................................... 12

SETTING UP A MULTIUSER SYSTEM ............................................... 13


2.1 2.2 Purpose ........................................................................................... 13 Set up TEMS LinkPlanner multiuser system ..................................... 13

MIGRATING TO A MULTIUSER SYSTEM ......................................... 17


3.1 3.2 3.3 Introduction ...................................................................................... 17 Preparations .................................................................................... 17 Multiuser system setup .................................................................... 18

INDEX .......................................................................................................... 20

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Overview of the multiuser system
You can set up TEMS LinkPlanner set up as a multiuser system. TEMS LinkPlanner multiuser support is a distributed solution for a work group of Network planners. The Network planner can use common public data. He can create his own private data. Using a procedure called synchronization, you convert private data into public to share within the work group. The Master responsible defines Equipment data and common Project data.

Figure 1 Multiuser support

The Master database holds the public data, including the common planning data for a group of network planners. The Master database has a copy of all private data. The Client databases hold private data. The network planner decides when to make the data public. The Client databases have a copy of the public data. The TEMS LinkPlanner tool behaves differently if it operates a Client database, a Master database, or a stand-alone database.

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Multiuser terminology
The following table describes terms used with the multiuser system:
Database Terminology Network planner Master responsible TEMS LinkPlanner Client TEMS LinkPlanner Master Client database Master database Definition The user who performs network planning in his client database. The user who administers the public data in the Master database. The program used by the Network planner. The program used by the Master responsible. The network database used by the Network planner. The network database administered by the Master responsible. All clients synchronize with the master database which is the central database. Data owned by the network planner who can create, modify, and delete the data. You can set a private version to public, and after synchronization, the version is available to all network planners. Data owned by the Master responsible who can create, modify, and delete the data. All clients share the data. The TEMS LinkPlanner Master can create, modify, and delete Public data at the Master database. Public data can be created by the TEMS LinkPlanner Client. The TEMS LinkPlanner Client can copy private data. The copies are Private. The program that performs synchronization between a Client database and the Master database. Use the synchronization manager during the set-up of a TEMS LinkPlanner multiuser system.

Private data

Public data

Synchronization Manager

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Network planner
The user has following responsibilities in the Multiuser system: Share planning data in the workgroup through synchronization. See Synchronization manager, page 10 and Database synchronization, page 9. Synchronization ensures that the client database is in phase with the Master database. The Client database is updated with the public data stored in the Master database. At the same time, the Master is updated with the Client private data. The Master database must be closed during synchronization with the Client. Only one Client can synchronize at the time.

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If the Client database is removed or destroyed, all the Clients planning data is still stored (but invisible) in the Master database. Restore the Client database from the Master. See Restore client database, page 11. Update the paths to the map data, if needed, for example, when the map data is stored at the different clients. Create a private version in an existing public project. Copying a public version can do this. Make private versions public by clicking Set Public in the version window. The Master database is updated with this new public version the next time synchronization is performed.

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Master responsible
This user has following responsibilities in the Multiuser system: Set up the Multiuser system. See Set up TEMS LinkPlanner multiuser system on page 13. Define equipment data and default values at the TEMS LinkPlanner Master. Update global sites. This data is automatically Public data. You can import Ericsson MINI-LINK and MINI-LINK BAS data from prepared ntc-files. See the chapter named Mini-Link in the TEMS LinkPlanner Technical Reference. Define the projects and project parameters at the TEMS LinkPlanner Master for use by all network planners. Make backups of the Master database on a regular basis.

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TEMS LinkPlanner client


The TEMS LinkPlanner application that runs against a Client database has the TEMS LinkPlanner Client functionality.

TEMS LinkPlanner client characteristics:


The network planner uses the application. Data is public or private. All created data is private. Only private data can be modified and deleted. Public data can be copied; the copies are private. Private versions can be created in public projects, the recommended way to create a new version. Private versions can be set to public in public projects. After the synchronization, the Client public versions are part of the public data at the Master database. Private default values can be created in the Client database but remain private. They cannot be used in versions set to public.

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Private equipment data can be created in the Client database but remains private. The data is not used in versions set to public. Private projects and project parameters can be created in the Client database but remain private. Private projects do not have versions set to public. All imported data is set to private. Equipment with same name as existing public equipment is not imported. The import function skips that equipment and continues. The Geodb-path is an exception. Private and public data are exported when exporting from a Client. For example, the data can be imported by a TEMS LinkPlanner Master. All Public data from the Master database is loaded into the Client database at the synchronization. The Client may be disconnected from the network between synchronizations. If a network license is used, see License Commuting in the TEMS LinkPlanner Installation Guide. It is not possible to modify a public version at the Client. Once a version is public, it stays that way. If network planning is to continue at the Client, a copy of the version must be made.

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TEMS LinkPlanner master


The TEMS LinkPlanner application that runs against the Master database has the TEMS LinkPlanner Master functionality.

TEMS LinkPlanner Master characteristics:


The application is used by the Master responsible. By selecting File-Open-Master Database/Client Database, the Master responsible can switch between running against the Master database and the Client database. All created data is public. All public data can be edited. This may though affect the planned networks at the Clients. Public data can be deleted but can cause dangling references. Do not delete data that is in use or referred to. All common default values are created in or imported to the Master database. All common equipment data is created in or imported to the Master database. All common projects and project parameters is created in or imported to the Master database. All imported data is set to public.

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The Master database is updated by the Master responsible or by synchronization of a TEMS LinkPlanner Client. The Master database holds all the data from the Clients but the Clients private data is not visible at the master. You can restore private data at the client using a special procedure. See Restore client database on page 11.

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Client database
The Client database has one user. All data is marked Public or Private on the top of the program windows.

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Master database
Use the following guidelines to manage the master database: Backing up the Master database on a regular basis is recommended. Ensure that no one is using the database when backing it up. When somebody uses a database, an ldb-file is present in the database directory. Backing up the database is done by making a copy of the file TLP_DB_670.mdb at the server. Place the copy on another disk for safe storage. It is recommended that all the TEMS LinkPlanner Client Synchronize after Public data is edited or deleted at the Master. A fresh backup of the Master database should be made. Make sure that no Client uses a Public project or equipment before deleting it. When you edit a public project that has global sites and connected versions, all versions are edited in the project. Changes in Public equipment data affect the networks using the equipment. It is recommended to add equipment data instead of editing the equipment data that may be in use. It is recommended to create equipment data at the master and not at the client. Avoid removing Public equipment data in use.

Master responsible
The Master Responsible is the only one that can operate directly on the master database to create, edit, and delete data. Editing and deleting data can in some cases cause the TEMS LinkPlanner Client problem.

Restore master database


You can restore the database file from a backup. The restored database file has the identical path and name as before restoring. All client databases should be restored. See Restore client database, page 11.

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Database synchronization
When you perform a database synchronization, all public data in the master database is transferred to the client database. At the same time,

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the master database is updated with client data that the client makes public. The master database and the client database have the latest public data after synchronization. Synchronization always involves one client database and the master database. Start synchronization from the TEMS LinkPlanner client.

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Synchronization manager
The Synchronization Manager has two main functions: Create Client creates a Client database. Synchronize exchanges data between the Master database and a Client database.

Synchronization manager characteristics include: The synchronization manager prevents two users from synchronizing simultaneously. A Client database can be disconnected from the Master anytime except when synchronizing. Start the synchronization manager from a TEMS LinkPlanner Client as a stand-alone program from Start-Programs-TEMS Products TEMS LinkPlanner-Tools-Sync Manager. During synchronization, other programs should not modify the involved databases. Public data is transferred from the master database to the client databases. Do not set a version using private equipment to public. All used equipment must be public if the version is used by other clients. The synchronization manager does not accept two objects (for example, versions) with the same name. This causes the synchronization to fail. To solve the problem, read the log file to determine the objects causing the problem. Rename one of the objects and synchronize again. If synchronization fails, any versions set to public by the Client before synchronizing are reset to private. This allows the Client to solve problems that caused the synchronization failure. The names of the versions set back to private are listed in the log file. If the Master has deleted a public project and that project contains private versions on the Client the synchronization automatically restores the private versions to a private project on the Client. When restoration completes, the synchronization stops. The Client can copy any data from the public project to another project if desired. Synchronizing again completes the process and the public project is deleted on the Client.

When the Synchronization Manager is started, the Synchronization manager window is displayed, Figure 2.

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Figure 2. Synchronization Manager window

The window has the following fields:


Field Master Description Specifies the path and filename of the master database. If you define the path using a logical drive (for example F:\XXX), it is automatically replaced by the computer name. Specifies the path and filename of the Client database. Logs progress and warnings from the synchronization process. Compacts the master database after synchronization. Recommended since a database tends to grow in size after each synchronization. Compacts the client database after synchronization. Recommended since a database tends to grow in size after each synchronization. Creates a client. When the first client is created the Master database is created. The first client becomes the TEMS LinkPlanner Master with an administrative role in the multiuser system. Restores the multiuser setting paths. Starts the exchange of data between the Master and the Client.

Client Log Compact Master database after synchronization Compact Client database after synchronization Create Client

Get paths Synchronize

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Restore client database


If a client database is destroyed, you can restore it from the master database. All planning data available at the last synchronization is restored. Use the synchronization manager and the Create Client command to restore the Client database. Ensure that the same PC is used and that an empty database created in the same path with the same name as the old database. The PC is identified by its DSN name.

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Handling geographical data


The paths to the geographical databases are defined in the GeoData window. At least one path line must exist for each data set. The paths defined for a Public project may not be correct on a Client. It is possible to define public and private paths to the geographical databases. Both types are displayed when specified. Existing Private paths are used and overrule Public paths. All used paths must be valid. When exporting equipment data from the Master, only public paths are exported. When exporting equipment from a Client, only private paths are exported.

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Project network data


The following table describes project network data:
Term Global Sites Description A global site belongs to a project. If the project is public, the global sites are public. If the project is private, the global sites are private. All versions in the project have access to its global sites. A default report-file (*.rrt), is a part of a project definition. The best way is to enter a path at the Master database to an RRT-file in the default installation directory at the TEMS LinkPlanner Clients. A warning message is displayed when a private version is set to Public. The version may not contain any of the following private data: antenna diagram, antenna, channel table, category, channel raster, flag levels, ITU-T Rec. G821, ITUT Rec. G826, path type, C/I matrix.

Report-files

Private Data in Versions to be Public

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Equipment data
A Client can have public and private equipment with the same name. This can cause problems for export and import. Avoid having private equipment data with the same name as public equipment data. Add for example private to the name of the private equipment. Private equipment data of same name as public equipment data should be renamed before exporting.

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SETTING UP A MULTIUSER SYSTEM


Purpose
Use these procedures to convert several TEMS LinkPlanner installations into a multiuser system. It is recommended to read Multiuser System Overview, page 5, before attempting to set up the multiuser system.

2.2

Set up TEMS LinkPlanner multiuser system


It is recommended to read this chapter and make decisions before taking any actions. Select the computer on which to install the TEMS LinkPlanner Master installation. The operator of this computer is the Master responsible. Install the TEMS LinkPlanner program on the selected computer. See the TEMS LinkPlanner Installation Guide for details. Select the empty database. Do not import ntc files at this time. Select server and server disc for the Master database. See Server Recommendations in the TEMS LinkPlanner Installation Guide. The server should always be on-line. The server disc should be backed up regularly.

To set up the master database, see page 13. Prepare all ntc files to import to the Master database. Set up TEMS LinkPlanner master. See page 14. Install the TEMS LinkPlanner program at all Clients. See in the TEMS LinkPlanner Installation Guide. Select the empty database. Do not import .ntc files to the Clients at this stage. Set up the TEMS LinkPlanner Clients. See Set up TEMS LinkPlanner client on page 15, one by one.

Set up the master database


Perform the following steps on the Master database server. Copy the empty database, TLP_DB_670, to the server. This database is located in one of the TEMS LinkPlanner installations, in the catalogue Empty data base. Note: You must not move the Master database from its original location (folder, PC etc) after creation. If you move it, it is not possible to synchronize or to create any clients. Make sure that the network planners working with a TEMS LinkPlanner Client have read/write permission for the catalogue with

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the Master database on the server. Otherwise, you cannot synchronize the databases. Note the path to the Master database to use when Clients synchronize.

Set up TEMS LinkPlanner master


1. Log on to the computer used by the TEMS LinkPlanner Master. 2. Use Windows Explorer to map a network drive to the directory of the Master database. 3. Ensure that TEMS LinkPlanner is closed. 4. Start the synchronization manager by selecting Start-ProgramsTEMS Products-TEMS LinkPlanner-Tools-Sync Manager in the Start menu. Note: The first time you run the synchronization manager, you define the Master database and the TEMS LinkPlanner Master in the Multiuser system. You cannot redefine or move the Master database or the TEMS LinkPlanner Master unless setting up the Multiuser system again. 5. Click to the right of the Master field and select the path to the Master database. The database cannot include any planning data; it should be an empty database. 6. Check that the default path of the Client database is located on the computer you logged on to. If the path is incorrect, select another path in the same way as for the Master database. The database cannot include any planning data; it must be an empty database. 7. When you have selected the two paths, click Create Client. Note: The TEMS LinkPlanner Master can swap between the Master database and a Client database by selecting File-Open-Master database/Client database. 8. A message is displayed. Click Yes. The converted Client database is empty from the beginning. If the selected database contains planning data it is not included in the new Client database. It is recommended to export all planning data before this step. Back-up files, TLP_DB_670.mdb.bak, are created at the same time at Master and Client. These databases contain all data from the old databases. The database selected in the Master field is converted to a TEMS LinkPlanner Master database. 9. A message appears when the Master database and the Client database are created. By default, TEMS LinkPlanner runs against the database file in the same directory as the TEMS LinkPlanner. Use File-Open-Master database\Client database to switch to the master database when

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desired. You can access the master database only from the TEMS LinkPlanner Master installation. 10. The Master responsible can import Public planning data, equipment, and projects to the Master database. Selected planning data from all Clients should be imported. Plan this merging phase carefully. Project and equipment data from different clients should have different names if they are to exist as separate entities. After import, some rearranging and renaming could be necessary. 11. The Master responsible can create, edit, and delete Public data in the Master database. All the Public data is shared among the TEMS LinkPlanner Clients after synchronization.

Set up TEMS LinkPlanner client


Note: In this procedure, you define a new TEMS LinkPlanner Client and Client database in the existing Multiuser system. Note: Before selecting the path to the Master database, you must create a map network drive on the client using Windows Explorer. 1. Log on to a computer with a TEMS LinkPlanner installation. 2. Make sure that TEMS LinkPlanner Master and the TEMS LinkPlanner at the computer is not used before the next step. 3. Start the Synchronization Manager at a TEMS LinkPlanner Client computer by selecting Start-Programs-TEMS Products-TEMS LinkPlanner-Tools-Synchronization Manager in the Start menu. 4. Click to the right of the Master field and select the path to the Master database. The Master database can now include planning data. 5. Check the default path to the Client database that should be located on the computer you logged on to. If not correct, select another path in the same way as for the Master Database. The database may not include any planning data; it should be an empty database. 6. When you select the two paths to the existing Master database and to the new Client database, click Create Client. 7. Note: Ensure that you selected the existing Master database. Otherwise, you will start to set up an additional Multiuser system. A message is displayed. 8. Click Yes. The converted Client database is empty from the beginning. If the selected database contained planning data, the data is not included in the new Client database. It is recommended to export all planning data before this step. A back-up file, TLP_DB_670.mdb.bak, is created at the same time. This database file contains all data from the old database. The TEMS LinkPlanner installation is now a TEMS LinkPlanner Client and the application works as such. 9. Continue with the next TEMS LinkPlanner installation until all Clients are connected to the Master database.

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10. Synchronize the Clients with the Master database by starting the Synchronization Manager on a Client computer and clicking on Synchronize. Do this regularly for each Client.

Set up TEMS LinkPlanner Multiuser system, example


We want one computer to host the license server and the master database (here called Computer 1), and another computer (here called Computer 2) to host the TEMS LinkPlanner Master. The computers have Windows XP as operating system. 1. Install SentinelLM License service on computer 1. 2. Install TEMS LinkPlanner on Computer 2. Select empty database when prompted. 3. Create a folder named MasterDB on Computer 1 and copy the empty database to this folder. 4. Right click the MasterDB folder and select Properties. 5. Select the Sharing tab, and select the Shared as option. Click OK. 6. Map a network drive on Computer 2 to the MasterDB folder. 7. Start Synch Manager on Computer 1 from the start menu and select TLP_DB_670.mdb in TEMS LinkPlanner folder as client and TLP_DB_670.mdb in the MasterDB folder as master. Click Create Client. We have now installed a license server, a TEMS LinkPlanner Master installation, and a master database. Now we want, for the Master responsible, to have default access to the master database: 1. Start TEMS LinkPlanner. Select File-Open-Master database. 2. The TEMS LinkPlanner installation on this computer now operates on the master database as default, and can edit all public data in the master database. 3. On all computers used as clients with Windows XP, install TEMS LinkPlanner. Select empty database when prompted. 4. On all computers used as clients with Windows XP, map a network drive to the MasterDB folder on the computer with the master database. 5. Start Synch Manager from the start menu and select TLP_DB_670.mdb in TEMS LinkPlanner folder on the local computer as client and TLP_DB_670.mdb in MasterDB folder on the master computer as master. Click Create Client.

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MIGRATING TO A MULTIUSER SYSTEM


Introduction
This section describes migrating several standalone installations of TEMS LinkPlanner to a multiuser system. The prerequisite for this instruction is two or more existing and running TEMS Link lanner installations. For instructions on installing and setting up a single user TEMS LinkPlanner, see the TEMS LinkPlanner Installation Guide.

3.2

Preparations
1. Export the equipment from the existing TEMS LinkPlanner installations by selecting File-Export-Equipment. Give the file a suitable name and store it in a secure location. Give the file a name that identifies the PC from which it was exported. 2. Export the projects you want to move to the multiuser system by selecting the projects in the database window and select File>Export->Projects. Give the file a suitable name and store it in a secure location. It may be a good idea to give the file a name that makes it possible to identify the PC it was exported from 3. Take a backup copy of the database and save it in a secure location (not on the same machine). The database is located in the TEMS LinkPlanner folder. It has an .mdb extension. 4. Repeat the steps above for all clients. 5. Identify a server on the network where you located the master database. By placing the master database on a server, scheduled backup copies can be made of the database. In this example, the name of the server is MyServer. 6. Create a folder to store the master database on the selected server. Make sure that all TEMS LinkPlanner users have read and write access to this folder. In this example, the folder name is TLP_Master. 7. Map a drive letter to the created folder. Use Windows Explorer and select Tools->Map network drive. In the Folder combo box, type two back slashes followed by the sever name and the path to the folder where the master database is stored. In this example, is mapped to the letter J: \\MyServer\TLP_Master 8. Repeat this step for all clients.

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Multiuser system setup


Set up the master responsible
NOTE: During setup, all data in the client database will be deleted. 1. Before creating a client, export all data from the database and make a backup copy of the database. 2. Copy an empty database from the folder TEMS LinkPlanner\Empty database to the folder created for the master database (MyServer\TLP_Master). 3. Use one client to manage the master database. The content of the master database is invisible to the other clients. Select the client to use for this task. This client is called Master Responsible. 4. On the master responsible, start the SynchManagerApp.exe, located in the TEMS LinkPlanner\bin folder, by double clicking. Use the browse buttons to select the master database (J:\TLP_DB_XXX.mdb, where XXX is a version number of the database), and, if necessary, to select the client database. The path to the master is changed from a mapped drive to an UNC path (from J:\TLP_DB_XXX.mdb to \\MyServer\TLP_Master\TLP_DB_XXX.mdb). 5. Click Create Client. This converts the databases to a master database and a client database respectively. The first client created is the master responsible. NOTE: All data in the client database will be deleted. It is very important export all data from the database and to have a backup copy of the database before creating a client. A known limitation in the multiuser system is that when the master responsible is configured to open the master database, the mapped drive letter cannot be used. The path used in the ODBC settings must be a UNC path (\\MyServer\TLP_Master\TLP_DB_XXX.mdb and not J:\TLP_DB_XXX.mdb). This makes it difficult for the master responsible to switch between the master database and the client database. Later versions of TEMS LinkPlanner have a menu option that works around this problem. If your version of TEMS LinkPlanner has this menu, select File->Open->Master database on the master responsible. If the menu option is not available, follow these steps: 1. When you create the client, take a copy of the path to the master database. 2. Select Start->Settings->Control Panel and double click the Administrative Tools icon. 3. Double click the Data Sources (ODBC) icon and select the System DSN tab. 4. Select the line TLP_DB_XXX and click Configure. 5. Click Select. 6. In the Database Name edit box, paste the path copied from the Synchronization manager. Close all open windows.

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7. Start TEMS LinkPlanner. It opens the master database. Import the equipment on the master, available but not editable for all clients. 8. Import the projects to make available to all clients. 9. Close TEMS LinkPlanner, open the Control Panel, and select the client database as source for TLP_DB_XXX. 10. Start TEMS LinkPlanner and import any equipment available to the client only. 11. Import any projects available to the client only. The setup of the master responsible is now complete.

Set up other clients


NOTE: All data in the client database will be deleted. 1. Before creating a client, export all data from the database and make a backup copy of the database. 2. On the client PC, start the SynchManagerApp.exe by double clicking. The synchronization manager is located in the TEMS LinkPlanner\bin folder. 3. Use the browse buttons to select the master database (J:\TLP_DB_XXX.mdb), and, if necessary, to select the client database. 4. Click Create Client. This converts the local database to a client database. NOTE: All data in the client database will be deleted. It is very important to export all data from the database and to have a backup copy of the database before creating a client. 5. The data from the master database is copied to the client database. 6. Start TEMS LinkPlanner and import any equipment that available to this client only. 7. Import any projects that available to this client only. The multiuser system setup is now completed.

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INDEX
Public data, 6 Synchronization Manager, 6, 10 TEMS LinkPlanner Client, 6 TEMS LinkPlanner Master, 6

Client database, 6 Master database, 6 Master responsible, 6 multi user, 13 Private data, 6

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