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POSDS.INI database server connection configuration file (version 2.5 and above)
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POSDS.INI is found in the Program Files > Point of Success folder. This file stores database connection settings, some of which are added automatically by the application software and some of which are manual configuration options.

Note: On Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers, the POSDS.INI will be found in the Virtual Store. Access the Virtal Store folder with these instructions:

  1. Slick Start > Computer

  2. Click Organize > Folder and search options

  3. Click the View tab and click Show hidden files, folders and drives

  4. Click OK to save the setting

  5. Go to Local Disk C > Users > (username) > Appdata > Local > VirtualStore > Program Files > Point of Success

  6. The most recent version of the POSDS.INI file will be found here.
Following are valid configuration settings for the POSDS.INI file:

ServerName

(Optional) If this value is present the client program will connect to the server with this name (if present), even when multiple servers are found.

ServerIP

(Optional) When this property is present the client program will always use the IP Address specified to connect to the database server. No server discovery will occur. The property expects the server to be a static IP.

LocalServer

1 = true (optional)
When the program is installed the user selects between One Computer and Network. One Computer will set the program up to run as single user on one computer. Network will install the Database Server and any other server programs. An Installable directory is also created and installation programs for client computers are place there. The Network installation requires the program to be connected to a network for the program to run. One Computer can run on a computer with no network connection. The Database Server still runs but the IP of 127.0.0.1 (localhost) is used for One Computer. This setting in the INI file is what tells the program to use the localhost IP.
Example:
[Database]
LocalServer=1

LastServerName

The name of the last successful connection to a server is stored in this value. If the client program tries to connect to a different server a warning to the user is displayed.

Adapter

(Optional) When multiple network adapters are present in one computer only one can be selected for use with the client program. Once the user selects the correct adapter, its MAC address is stored here. Then the next time a connection is needed the client will automatically use this adapter again with prompting the user.

SPECIAL NOTE:

When a configuration changes (such as a new server or new network adapter for the server), a client/workstation may have trouble connecting to the server.  Assuming the workstation is connected properly-on the network with the server, the POSDS.INI file on the workstation can safely be deleted.  Once deleted, launch ORDER ENTRY or OFFICE MANAGER again. A new POSDS file will be created including information about the new server/connection. 



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