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CV11 Server Options

The Collect! Signon Server pick list enables you to select from different CV11 Server configurations. Collect! reads the entries configured in your connect.ini and displays them in a pick list attached to the Server field.

The Signon Server pick list is available in Collect! Version 11.4.1.1 and newer.


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*** This is an ADVANCED topic for Administrators and Technicians.

Normally, you may not even see the Server field in the Signon form. It is only displayed if you have more than one Server entry in your connect.ini.


Signon Screen without Server Pick List

Normally, you would use the default RDS option if you do have more than one Server entry and this Server pick list is displayed.


RDS Selected from the Server Pick List

Connect Ini Entries

Collect! reads the entries configured in your connect.ini and displays them in the Signon Server pick list.

The connect.ini is a configuration file located in your CV11\bin folder. Collect! reads this to determine the IP Address of your CV11 Server, your network Protocol and the Port your CV11 Server will be listening on. You can add your own entries for customized configurations.

This is an example of the connect.ini file with two extra entries.

Sample Connect.Ini File

There are several reasons why you may want to set up additional entries in your connect.ini.

  • Local protocol
    You may want to take advantage of using local protocol to speed up Collect! batch processes on your Server.

  • Create a Collect! testbed
    You may want to set up a Collect! test site to try out a new version or new functionality.

  • Opening multiple Collect! systems
    You may want to start several instances of Collect!, each with its own configuration for IP Address and Port.

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Local Protocol

By default, Collect! uses TCP protocol to talk to CV11 Server. This is certainly necessary for workstations talking to Collect! over your network. However, if you need to run system intensive batch processes that take hours of time and slow down your system, you will be happy to know that you can start Collect! on your Server, even in Shared mode, using LOCAL protocol, and Collect! will motor through your procedures in a fraction of the time it would take using TCP protocol. This is because Collect! normally talks to the CV11 Server through your network when using TCP protocol. This slows things down. Using LOCAL protocol, Collect! talks directly to the CV11 Server.

tip.gif For this reason, you must be on the machine where your CV11 Server is running when you start Collect! using LOCAL protocol.


RDSlocal Selected from the Server Pick List

Collect! ships with a connect.ini that has a LOCAL protocol entry (RDSlocal in the pick list.) Or, you can simply add these lines to your current connect.ini.

[RDSlocal] ; This is the name you give to this entry
Protocol=local ; This tells Collect! to use LOCAL protocol
Name=RDS ; This is the internal name of the CV11 Server

tip.gif RDS is the internal name of the CV11 Server. This name is set in the CV11\catalog\rdmserver.ini in the setting ServerName=RDS. You must use the correct "Name" in your RDSlocal configuration or Collect! won't be able to find the CV11 Server when it starts up. By default, this is always "RDS" unless you have changed it in the rdmserver.ini.

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Using Local Protocol

Any Collect! process running on your Server can be optimized by using LOCAL protocol, easily selected from the Server pick list in the Signon form.

tip.gif The Signon Server pick list is available in Collect! Version 11.4.1.1 and newer.

These are some of the processes that speed up considerably on large databases when you use LOCAL protocol.

tip.gif You do NOT have to sign in EXCLUSIVE to use LOCAL protocol. Even in SHARED mode, your batch processing procedures will run more quickly when you use LOCAL protocol. You can speed up processes even more using EXCLUSIVE mode with LOCAL protocol.

You must be on the machine where your CV11 Server is running when you start Collect! using LOCAL protocol.

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Collect! Testbed

You can install Collect! to a test location and easily connect to it using the Signon Server pick list. You can run your working database alongside your test one. This is very useful for testing a new version of Collect! before going live after an upgrade.

tip.gif The Signon Server pick list is available in Collect! Version 11.4.1.1 and newer.

Configure a CV11 Server entry in the connect.ini. for your testbed site, with proper IP Address and Port settings.

In the sample file below, you can see an entry for "RDS2" with a different IP Address.

Sample Connect.Ini File

When you select "RDS2" from the Server pick list in the Signon form, Collect! will look for a CV11 Server running at the designated IP Address.

At the same time, you can open another instance of Collect! on the same machine, "RDS" for example, to sign into your working database. Collect! will look for a CV11 Server running at the IP Address you set for your "RDS" entry.

You can run tests and compare results with your live database. You can also compare features and functionality. The Signon Server pick list makes it easy to connect to your testbed and to your live database from the same machine.

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Opening Multiple Collect! Systems

Administrators will find the Signon form's Server pick list very useful, especially when servicing several Collect! systems, in a hosted solution, for instance.

tip.gif The Signon Server pick list is available in Collect! Version 11.4.1.1 and newer.

Configure your CV11 Server entries with proper IP Address and Port settings in the connect.ini.

In the sample file below, you can see an entry for "RDS2" with a different IP Address.

Sample Connect.Ini File

When you select "RDS2" from the Server pick list in the Signon form, Collect! will look for a CV11 Server running at the designated IP Address.

At the same time, you can open another instance of Collect! on the same machine, "RDS" for example. Then Collect! will look for a CV11 Server running at the IP Address you set for your "RDS" entry.

tip.gif The CV11 Server options enable you to easily administer any number of Collect! systems from the same machine. Simply set up your configurations in the connect.ini and Collect! will build its Signon Server pick list based on your entries.

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File Locations

When you run two or more Collect! instances from the same machine, you should ensure that your files are being saved and loaded from the correct location. To do this, make sure you have your Database Preferences configured correctly for each Collect! system. You can set global access paths for saving and retrieving files. Otherwise, Collect! will store files on the local machine. Please refer to Help topic, Database Preferences for more information.

tip.gif Please be aware that Collect! reads the collect.cfg from the local CV11\bin folder NOT from the bin folder on a remote machine.

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Summary

CV11 Server options provide Administrators with a powerful yet simple tool. Once you have set your configurations in the connect.ini, Collect! displays a convenient list of Server choices whenever you start Collect!. Simply select the CV11 Server option of your choice and the Collect! instance will open on your machine using your custom configuration.

Run large batch processes quickly using LOCAL protocol. Test Collect! along side your live database. Administer several Collect! systems with different IP Addresses.

tip.gif The Signon Server pick list is available in Collect! Version 11.4.1.1 and newer.

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See Also

- Database Topics
- Batch Processing Topics

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