Network Setup Instructions for PrimaSoft Handy Library Manager


Method 1 – Easier Setup:

  1. Download the trial version of Handy Library Manager from our website or use a CD ROM (if you have purchased it) and install the software on your network drive e.g. in F:\handy_lib folder. Make sure every user on your network has full Read/Write/Execute access permissions to that folder and all subfolders.

  2. Using Windows Explorer locate Handy Library Manager main folder e.g. F:\handy_lib. Inside it, you should find db folder (e.g. F:\handy_lib\db). Move db folder to your server local drive that is not shared such as drive C:. For example, you could create a folder called handy_lib on drive C: and move db folder from F:\handy_lib to C:\handy_lib.

  3. In your Handy Library Manager main folder (e.g. F:\handy_lib) locate a file called datadir.tx$ and rename it to datadir.txt. Then, double-click on datadir.txt and modify the path to db folder according to step 2. For example, datadir.txt could contain the following line:

    \\myserver\c:\handy_lib\db\
    where "myserver" should be replaced by the name of your server.

    After modifying datadir.txt file save it and exit from Notepad.

  4. Download and install Firebird 2.5.5 database engine on your network server using the following link:
    http://www.primasoft.com/librarymanager/Firebird-2.5.5.26952_0_Win32.exe

    After downloading this file run it on the server and follow the setup instructions.
  5. On the server, make sure Port 3050 is accessible to all users (create an Inbound Rule).

  6. Download this file into your Firebird UDF folder:
    http://www.primasoft.com/librarymanager/primasoft.dl
    For example, if Firebird is installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\Firebird\Firebird_2_5_5 you should download "primasoft.dl" file to C:\Program Files (x86)\Firebird\Firebird_2_5_5\UDF folder and rename it to "primasoft.dll".

  7. In your program main folder (e.g. F:\handy_lib delete a file called "fbclient.dll" and rename a file called "fbclient_net.dll" to "fbclient.dll").

  8. On every workstation that will be running the software create shortcuts on your desktop to all or some of the following files in F:\handy_lib folder: libadmin.exe (main program for administrators), io.exe (Check In/Out Module), libadd.exe (Data Entry Module), and search.exe (Search Module).

  9. Try to run Handy Library Manager from one of the workstations. If the startup takes a long time try to find your server IP address. Then, modify the first line of datadir.txt (see step 3) in the following way: instead of using your server name use the IP address followed by a colon character, for example:

    123.123.123.123:c:\handy_lib\db\



Method 2 – Faster Program Startup:

  1. Download the trial version of Handy Library Manager from our website or use a CD ROM (if you have purchased it) and install the software on your network drive e.g. in F:\handy_lib folder. Make sure every user on your network has full Read/Write/Execute access permissions to that folder and all subfolders.

  2. Using Windows Explorer locate Handy Library Manager main folder e.g. F:\handy_lib. Inside it, you should find db folder (e.g. F:handy_lib\db). Move db folder to your server local drive that is not shared such as drive C:. For example, you could create a folder called handy_lib on drive C: and move db folder from F:\handy_lib to C:\handy_lib.

  3. In your Handy Library Manager main folder (e.g. F:\handy_lib) locate a file called datadir.tx$ and rename it to datadir.txt. Then, double-click on datadir.txt and modify the path to db folder according to step 2. On the second line enter the path to data folder. For example, datadir.txt could contain the following lines:

    \\myserver\c:\handy_lib\db\
    where "myserver" should be replaced by the name of your server.

    f:\handy_lib\data\

    After modifying datadir.txt file save it and exit from Notepad.

  4. Download and install Firebird 2.5.5 database engine on your network server using the following link:
    http://www.primasoft.com/librarymanager/Firebird-2.5.5.26952_0_Win32.exe

    After downloading this file run it on the server and follow the setup instructions.
  5. On the server, make sure Port 3050 is accessible to all users (create an Inbound Rule).

  6. Download this file into your Firebird UDF folder:
    http://www.primasoft.com/librarymanager/primasoft.dl
    For example, if Firebird is installed in C:\Program Files (x86)\Firebird\Firebird_2_5_5 you should download "primasoft.dl" file to C:\Program Files (x86)\Firebird\Firebird_2_5_5\UDF folder and rename it to "primasoft.dll".

  7. In your program main folder (e.g. F:\handy_lib delete a file called "fbclient.dll" and rename a file called "fbclient_net.dll" to "fbclient.dll").

  8. On every workstation that will be running the software do the following:

    - copy Handy Library Manager main folder (e.g. F:\handy_lib) to the local drive (e.g. C:);

    - create shortcuts on your desktop to all or some of the following files in C:\handy_lib folder: libadmin.exe (main program for administrators), io.exe (Check In/Out Module), libadd.exe (Data Entry Module), and search.exe (Search Module);

  9. Try to run Handy Library Manager from one of the workstations. If the startup takes a long time try to find your server IP address. Then, modify the first line of datadir.txt (see step 3) in the following way: instead of using your server name use the IP address followed by a colon character, for example:

    123.123.123.123:c:\handy_lib\db\