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• If you install the program files on each workstation, it enhances
performance. Make sure you have full access (administrative rights)
to the drive you are installing Peachtree Accounting.
• When you receive an upgrade to Peachtree Accounting, you must
install the update the same way as you installed the original program.
• Real-time posting is recommended for better performance and fewer
conflicts.


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Installing Peachtree Accounting on a Network
Installing on a Client/Server Network


Installing on a Client/Server Network
Use the following instructions to install Peachtree Accounting on a client/
server network, such as Novell 4.x or above. Use the same instructions to
install Peachtree Accounting on each workstation, specifying the server as the
location for data files and the local hard drive as the location for program files.
Installing the Peachtree Accounting program files to each workstation™s local
hard drive (for example, C:\PEACHW) improves performance and speed.


Before beginning this procedure, it is assumed that you have a shared network
drive established and that workstations are mapped to this network drive.
Note
1 Exit all programs and disable virus-protection and screen saver programs on
your computer.

2 Insert the Peachtree Accounting compact disc in your CD-ROM drive; or,
insert Peachtree Diskette #1 in the diskette drive.
If you are installing from CD-ROM and the Welcome menu displays,
click Install Peachtree Accounting and continue with the next step.
If you are installing from diskettes or the Welcome menu does not
display onscreen, do the following: Select Start, then Run. Type
A:SETUP and select OK. (Substitute the appropriate drive letter for your
diskette or CD-ROM drive.)
3 Follow the onscreen instructions until the Peachtree Accounting Setup
window displays. Review the installation instructions and select Next.

4 Read the Licensing Agreement and select Yes if you accept the terms.
The Select Setup Type window offers up to four setup choices depending
on if you are a new or previous user.
5 Select the Network setup type.




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6 The Select Location window displays. Enter a program and data path, then
click Next.

The default location or path for the program files is the directory
PEACHW on drive C. We recommend leaving this path as the default to
increase speed and performance. If the workstation you are installing
does not have a hard drive, you will need to change this location to the
network drive. Select Browse next to the Program Path field to change
the path for the files. If you know the name of the path, you may type the
path into the field.
Make sure the Data Path is set to the proper network drive (for example,
F:\PEACHW). Do not set the data path to a network root directory (for
example, F:\). Change the location of the data files by selecting Browse
next to the Data Path field.
7 A window displays for you to select which Peachtree Accounting
components you want to install. Choose the components to install and click
Next to continue.

8 In the Select Peachtree Accounting Program Folder window, change the
name of the Peachtree Accounting program folder, if necessary. Click Next
to begin installing.
If you are installing from diskette, follow the prompts and insert
additional diskettes as needed.
9 A window displays, indicating the successful completion of installation. If
any of your system files were modified during installation, you will see
different options.
• Read: Select this to view the Peachtree Accounting Release Notes file.
• Begin: Select this option to launch Peachtree Accounting.
• Return: Select this option to return to Windows.
When installation is complete, see “About Record and File Locking” on
page 14.




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Installing Peachtree Accounting on a Network
Installing on a Peer-to-Peer Network


Installing on a Peer-to-Peer Network
You must first install the software on the computer where data files will be
located. This is probably the network administrator™s computer (the primary
server). Then install Peachtree Accounting on each workstation, specifying the
network administrator™s computer as the location for data files, and a local
drive (usually C:) for the program files.


Before beginning this procedure, it is assumed that you have at least one
shared drive established (possibly on an administrators computer) and that
workstations are mapped to this drive.
Note




Installing on the Network Administrator™s Machine
Follow these steps to install Peachtree Accounting on the network
administrator™s computer, or the primary server, before installing on any
workstations. The network administrator™s computer is where the data files
will be located.
1 Exit all programs and disable virus-protection and screen saver programs on
your computer.

2 Insert the Peachtree Accounting compact disc in your CD-ROM drive; or,
insert Peachtree Diskette #1 in the diskette drive.
If you are installing from CD-ROM and the Welcome menu displays,
click Install Peachtree Accounting and continue with the next step.
If you are installing from diskettes or the Welcome menu does not
display onscreen, do the following: Select Start, then Run. Type
A:SETUP and select OK. (Substitute the appropriate drive letter for your
diskette or CD-ROM drive.)
3 Follow the onscreen instructions until the Peachtree Accounting Setup
window displays. Review the installation instructions and select Next.

4 Read the Licensing Agreement and select Yes if you accept the terms.
The Select Setup Type window offers up to four setup choices depending
on if you are a new or previous user.
5 Select the Network setup type.




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6 The Select Location window displays. Enter a program and data path, then
click Next.

Install the program and data files to the same path”the network
administrator™s (or primary server™s) hard drive. The default location or
path for the program and data files is the directory PEACHW on drive
C.
7 A window displays for you to select which Peachtree Accounting
components you want to install. Choose the components to install and click
Next to continue.

8 In the Select Peachtree Accounting Program Folder window, change the
name of the Peachtree Accounting program folder, if necessary. Click Next
to begin installing.
If you are installing from diskette, follow the prompts and insert
additional diskettes as needed.
9 A window displays, indicating the successful completion of installation. If
any of your system files were modified during installation, you will see
different options.
• Read: Select this to view the Peachtree Accounting Release Notes file.
• Begin: Select this option to launch Peachtree Accounting.
• Return: Select this option to return to Windows.
10 Next, continue with the following section, “Installing on a Workstation.”



Installing on a Workstation
First, install Peachtree Accounting on the network administrator™s computer.
Then, follow these steps to install Peachtree Accounting on each workstation.
Make sure you know the drive and directory of the data files located on the
network administrator™s computer before you begin installation.
1 Exit all programs and disable virus-protection and screen saver programs on
your computer.

2 Insert the Peachtree Accounting compact disc in your CD-ROM drive; or,
insert Peachtree Diskette #1 in the diskette drive.
If you are installing from CD-ROM and the Welcome menu displays,
click Install Peachtree Accounting and continue with the next step.
If you are installing from diskettes or the Welcome menu does not
display onscreen, do the following: Select Start, then Run. Type
A:SETUP and select OK. (Substitute the appropriate drive letter for your
diskette or CD-ROM drive.)


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Installing on a Peer-to-Peer Network


3 Follow the onscreen instructions until the Peachtree Accounting Setup
window displays. Review the installation instructions and select Next.

4 Read the Licensing Agreement and select Yes if you accept the terms.
The Select Setup Type window offers up to four setup choices depending
on if you are a new or previous user.
5 Select the Network setup type.

6 The Select Location window displays. Enter a program and data path, then
click Next.

The default location or path for the program files is the directory
PEACHW on drive C. We recommend installing the program files to the
local hard drive to increase speed performance. If the workstation does
not have a hard drive, change the location of the program files to the
network. To change the location of the program path, select Browse next
to the Program Path field.
Make sure the Data Path is set to the proper network drive (for example,
F:\PEACHW). Do not set the data path to a network root directory (for
example, F:\). Change the location of the data files by selecting Browse
next to the Data Path field.
7 A window displays for you to select which Peachtree Accounting
components you want to install. Choose the components to install and click
Next to continue.

8 In the Select Peachtree Accounting Program Folder window, change the
name of the Peachtree Accounting program folder, if necessary. Click Next
to begin installing.
If you are installing from diskette, follow the prompts and insert
additional diskettes as needed.
9 A window displays, indicating the successful completion of installation. If
any of your system files were modified during installation, you will see
different options.
• Read: Select this to view the Peachtree Accounting Release Notes file.
• Begin: Select this option to launch Peachtree Accounting.
• Return: Select this option to return to Windows.
10 Repeat these instructions for each workstation.




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About Record and File Locking
If you install Peachtree Accounting to run on a network, sharing data with
more than one person, you could have more than one person entering
invoices, payments, orders, etc. for the same company at the same time.
Peachtree Accounting uses Record and File locking to ensure that data is
properly protected and updated. A record is one group of information,
composed of related fields. For example, the fields in one customer™s
window”Name, Address, Phone, etc.”go together to form that customer™s
record. Likewise, all customer records go together to form the customer file.




If two people were making changes to the same customer, without record and
file locking, two things could happen:
• The information could get jumbled, combining each person™s
changes.
• Person #1, working on the same customer information as Person #2,
saves his changes first. Person #2 finishes their changes and saves the
record a few minutes later. Person #2™s changes will be the only
changes saved, since Person #2 was the last person to save the record.
To eliminate either possibility from occurring, Peachtree Accounting uses
“locks” to prevent a particular record or file from being accessed by more than
one person at a time. In the example above, when the second person attempts
to change the customer record the first person is using, Peachtree Accounting
will wait for the first person to finish, then allow the second user to begin. In
special cases when Peachtree cannot wait, it will display the following
message:
“That record in file ˜Customer.DAT™ is currently in use. Please try again
when it is available.”
Peachtree Accounting uses two different types of locks: Record Locks, and
Exclusive File Locks.


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