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Configure Sharing And Backup
(Multiple Shops and Tools)
General Information About This Section
In several of our workshops and tools it is possible to use a shared configuration across your LAN. The default configuration is "normal" which means the data is not shared with any other user or computer. So, we arrive at the question of how does this sharing work? To begin with, we'll keep our main configuration path pointing to the "normal" or default data path on our own computer. That means your configuration data as well as your actual data will be written to its respective .cfg file. The same thing will be true for your sharing partner's computer--the configuration and actual data files they use will also be written to their "normal" or default location. The trick is to also write your data to the other user's configuration file and to let the other user write their data to your configuration file.
That means that each time you make a change in the data, that change will be written on your computer's .cfg and acutal data files PLUS it will be written to the other user's .cfg and actual data files. In a like manner, any change the sharing partner makes will be written to their computer's .cfg and actual data files PLUS it will be written to your .cfg and actual data files. In short, the two files will be synchornized at all times. HOWEVER, if both of you are on the computer, open the same tool at the same time, and make a change at the same time, the last one who saves data will see their change saved. The other user's change(s) will be lost.
Now, let's add another note as we discuss the configurations we recommend. Whether you have a sharing user or not, we ALWAYS recommend you configure a backup configuration path that points to some hard drive other than the one where your .cfg and actual data files are normally stored. Please, read more about this in the section below.
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Setup Sharing Configuration
Each workshop and tool where this is applicable will have a configuration menu option to see your current configuration path. (In cases where it is available, you may find a set of options that allow you to use a USB (or other) drive. We recommend this be used where available and possible simply because it is more accurate and more convenient for you. The USB (or other) drive options are explained below.)
The first step you'll need to accomplish is to know your sharing partner's user-id on your network. You cannot successfully establish sharing with a user whose network user ID you do not know since you cannot give them permission to modify your data. Note that this means you really must trust the sharing partner because you're going to have to give them the rights to modify your data at will. If in doubt...don't.
Note: for your convenience, actions to be done, at least first, on your computer are in
Actions to be performed, at least first, on the sharing partner's computer are in
Begin on your computer. Logon as the computer's administrator. Use the Configuration menu option to show your configuration path and scribble it onto a piece of scratch paper. Now, perform the steps for
Windows Sharing Permissions
below. If you don't know your computer's name, you'll need to find it for the next step, so let's do that right now. Go to your Windows Start menu and select the "Control Panel." There find the option for "Network and Internet" and select the option to "View Network Status and Tasks." On the top of the resulting screen you'll see "View your basic network information and setup connections." On the left hand side of this, about under the word "basic" you'll see the name of your computer with the notation "(This computer)" just below it. Scribble this name on your scratch paper, too, because you'll need to remember it. Close the Control Panel window.
Take your scratch paper and move to the sharing-user's computer and repeat the steps there that you just performed on your own computer. Look at the path you scribbled on the scratch paper. You'll have to change the drive path so it includes your network path rather than the local path you wrote before. As an example, let's say your computer's name is "Abby" and the path is:
You'll have to change the "c:" to something that will work across the network. Open the Windows® Explorer and, in the text box at the top of the window, type "\\" followed by your computer's name (as you scribbled it on your scratch paper earlier.) Now you'll see all the drives and shared information on your computer as it is visible over the LAN. Change the "c:" to read
The changes will have to align so that the path works, of course. Once this is completed, start the ITSBITS Catapult Garage software on the sharing-user's computer and use the configuration menu option to "Configure the sharing path." You'll see a window something like this: