This is a quick post to say I have had a chance to carry out a test install the Recorder 6 network version. The install is easy enough, but the installation manual is a bit unstructured although it does contain detailed technical notes. The "getting started" menu on the installer opens Recorder 2000/2 documentation. I am using the MSDE database server which is included within the install.
Data migration is not permitted across a network drive so I had to copy the contents of the Recorder 2002 database folder to the local machine hosting Recorder 6. The installer can then use this local copy. The time required for data migration depends on the size of your data, of course, and the speed of your PC. Our 500,000+ database took over three hours on a modest PC used for this test. (700Mhz CPU, 96MB Ram, Windows 2000 Professional).
When migration is under way a progress bar indicates the temporal status with textural information providing the number of records that have been transferred or are in error.
Once installation is complete, the Recorder 6 directory contains a setup program to install the client (workstation) frontend program. I started by mapping the Recorder 6 install directory (C:\Program Files\Recorder 6 Server\) as a network share with user read/write permissions. Then, back at a desktop PC, I opened this mapped folder and then opened the "Workstationsetup.exe" installer. This places a small (approx. 5MB) distribution into the program files directory and a shortcut back to "Recorder.exe" in the network folder.
Note that if you have Recorder 2002 on the same desktop PC as you install Recorder 6 workstation, you will loose the add-ins. These get overwritten by the workstation install but you can reinstall them into Recorder 2002 afterwards. This may be a Windows Registry issue. Registry settings for Recorder 6 are documented in the Dorset Software install manual. I can't supply a page reference as all the pages are number three! After the main workstation install dialog has completed there is a further install of components by a second installer. That installer took a while to open.
Opening Recorder 6 provides a user inteface based on Recorder 2002, so users should feel comfortable with existing skills.