Topic: LRC Conference and Recorder 6

At the LRC conference in Edinburgh I'm going to be teaming up with Hannah Betts in her workshop talking about and demonstrating R6. I'll be bringing a laptop with R6 and Arc9 loaded. Are there any particular demostrations or topics you'd like to see covered? We want to make it as useful as possible for people, so do post your suggestions.

Cheers,

Charles

Re: LRC Conference and Recorder 6

Hi Charles
When & where's  it taking place & where do I sign up?

Cheers now, Rob.

Rob Bradley
Edinburgh

Re: LRC Conference and Recorder 6

Details can be found on the NFBR website.

Re: LRC Conference and Recorder 6

Charles,

A major concern for us about moving to Recorder 6 is the backwards compatibility issues with Recorder 2000. For instance, it is unlikely that all satellite users in London will migrate to Rec 6 but we need to maintain decent version contol and have been advised to continue useing Rec 2000 to manage data, and Rec 6 for reporting only.  It would be useful if your presentation could help clarify the situation.

Also, it would be interesting to see the increased reporting functionality.

Matt

Re: LRC Conference and Recorder 6

Ta Matt, I'll put those elements on the list of things to cover.

Re: LRC Conference and Recorder 6

Charles,

Firstly, we've got our tickets, so it will be good to meet you in person!

Secondly, after a meeting with Richard Weddle this morning, we've been querying how to install over a network, together with standalone installs where outlying users don't have a good enough Broadband connection. Our IT dept has been a bit perplexed with two factors:
1. User permissions relating to the install procedure
2. The way you have to install the server version before you can install the workstation...?

A clear demo of the installation options would be good.

Trust this makes sense, Cheers now, Rob.

Rob Bradley

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Rob Bradley
Edinburgh

Re: LRC Conference and Recorder 6

Hi Rob - yes it will be great meeting everyone. Should be both informative and fun.

Regarding installation issues, I won't be able to demonstrate much on this point as a server install of Recorder can be quite specific to a given situation, e.g. if you're working within the framework of a local authority, the SQL Server might need to be configuring in a certain way. Same for within a WT (like us); I've had to work closely with the Sussex WT's IT people in order to accommodate our server install. Because server installation can be much more complex than with previous versions (SQL Server is a complex beast), I think JNCC are recommending purchasing support with it, unless you have specialist IT staff or an IT department to rely on. I have found the standalone installations to be largely issue free.

Regarding user permissions - this is one of those issues that can come us, as described above. Do you have more details of the problem your IT people are having?

You only have to install the server version if you're installing onto a server and its clients. If you're installing a standalone workstation version (no server involved at all), you don't need to install the server version first. To clarify, there are two discs - the server and the standalone version. The server disc is for installing R6 onto a server and its clients (see Dave Cope's excellent post on installing R6), while the standalone disc is for installing on standalone non-networked workstations.

Regarding satellite users, don't forget that R6 can now transfer custodianship of records, so that users on remote non-networked machines can enter data and export it with a custodian transfer. This will then enable you to edit and 'own' the records. So you can have satellite users keying data without the fear of being locked out of your own records.

I'm sure we can have a good discussion at the workshop covering all of these issues with Hannah. I obviously can't say why certain decisions were made; everything I know is merely based on observation and use.

Charles