Subject Re: General Multi-User Architecture Question
Author Gary

Thanks for the feedback. We use InstallShield, which we can use to
script updates that are handled in logon scripts for Win2k Server.
For networks where Win2k Server and domain authentication are not
being used, your solution, or variations of it, may turn out to be
exactly how we keep version control. There are other ideas on the
drawing boards around here as well...

Very good comments!


--- In, "Artur Anjos" <arsoft@n...> wrote:
> Gary,
> I think it will be easy for you to implement this small trick:
> Assumptions:
> - Your EXE file will be installed on the client side (let's call it
> ClientEXE);
> 1) Create a centralized place on your network, where you will put
the most
> recent EXE file. This could be anywhere, even a w95 machine with a
> 'read-only' for everyone. (I will call this SourceEXE).
> 2) Instead of calling your EXE directly, create a small program
that to
> something like:
> - Get date/time from SourceEXE
> - If it's recent that the one that exists on the client, get
SourceEXE and
> replace ClientEXE with it;
> - Run ClientEXE;
> This way, everytime a user run the application, it will update
> For the WAN, the trick it's the same. Slowness just in update time.
If you
> have WAN locations with more than one client networked, you just
need to
> update one of them, and get the others updated using this one as
the source.
> Just one think to keep in mind: at the time, there could be some
users in
> the network running different versions of your EXE file: until they
get in
> and out of the application. If this is a problem to you, force the
users to
> logout at a specific time.
> Artur