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How to Network RAT
Posted by: Colm Rafferty ()
Date: 17 July, 2001 01:47PM

Dear all,
This is a general post for users describing how to network RAT.
I have had this query quite a few times, so I will try to be as clear and concise as possible.
This post also assumes you are using RAT Version 3.5 (or above) and a network installed within your practice.

When you install RAT on your first PC, it stores all the data in the folder:
C:\Program files\Rat Version 3\
You can access this folder by clicking the 'My Computer' icon on your desktop.

There will be a number of files in this folder.
This most crucial is: INR.MDB
This is the database file storing all patient details.
(I recommend you make a copy of this file regularly. If you are on a network you can copy it directly to another PC via the 'network neigbourhood' icon.)

To view RAT via a number of PCs, copy this INR.MDB file to a PC that is switched on all the time during the working day. You can use your current PC if you wish an keep the INR.MDB were it is.

1. Go to a new PC.
2. Install RAT using the installation disks (or CD), include any upgrade disks.
3. This new installation will have a blank database file locally on that PC.
4. Start RAT on this new PC.
5.Go to the menu item Database->Change network database
6. A popup menu will appear.
7. From the pull-down combo box, choose 'network neighbourhood'
8. Find the PC with the existing INR.MDB file
9. Select it
10. That's it

Repeat the above for every additional PC.
Please note, any future upgrades of RAT require ALL PCs to be upgraded.

Colm Rafferty

Re: How to Network RAT
Posted by: Luke McNeice ()
Date: 15 August, 2001 06:23PM

Hi Colm

One small point, following upgrades to the rat program for networked PC's.
After installing (upgrades) on all PC's should the database (for networked PC's) still be the INR.mdb (first PC) (Where I asume some of the upgrade changes are made).


Re: How to Network RAT
Posted by: Colm Rafferty ()
Date: 15 August, 2001 08:08PM

All PCs should point to one database, usually the one that had RAT first installed.
The database (INR.MDcool smiley can however be stored anywhere on the database.
No changes occur to INR.MDB in the upgrade.
I hope this helps
Colm Rafferty

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