Getting Started

Step 1:
Install RapidOne Server (to download the setup file click here). RapidOne requires framework 1.1 to be present on your machine, if framework 1.1 is not found Setup will attempt to download it. If that fails then manually install framework 1.1 first.

 

Step 2:

Start RapidOne. The following screen appears:

This screen confirms whether the installation of MSDE was successful. If not you will need to rerun Setup or install MSDE manually.

 

Step 3:

After clcking 'Next' he following screen appears:

Server Wizard 3

In the Freeware version you need only provide a password (minimum 6 characters) of your choice that will be used by the Power User at his/her first login.

Step 4:

Complete the screen as above using the IP address of the server (see Server installation) and the Password you selected during installation of the server.

The IP address should be entered using the format nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn, for example 127.0.0.1

The Port is typically set to 10101 at the server, but can be modified to your preference.

 

Step 5:

After clicking on Initialize the server will proceed to create the main database and prefill it with start-up data. If RapidOne Server was previously installed on this computer the following warning message may appear:

Server Setup Wizard

Select YES if you know that the existing database is valid and that you want to keep using it. Select NO if you want to effect a clean installation, but note that all data from the old database will be erased.

If you wish to RESTORE a backup copy we advise to chose YES here, and then proceed directly to RESTORE once the setup is complete.

 

Step 6:

Once the initialization has been completed the following screen will appear:

Server Setup Wizard Final

 

Step 7: IMPORTANT

You must make sure that there is no firewall hindering access to the computer hosting RapidOne Server, or that the Firewall has the appropriate exceptions implemented.

RapidOne Server needs the following ports to be accessible, else the synchronisation system will not work:

Port 37: Time Server Port

Port 10101: Message Channel used for administrative communication between RapidOne Clients and Server

Port 10102: Data Channel used to send business data between Clients and Server.

All these port numbers can be changed. See further below.

 

 


 

 

Optional Settings

In principle you can now work with the server without having to worry about any further settings, except that the Servers needs to be started.

Main Settings and Functions:

To access RapidOne Server click on it's icon in the tray and select Open:

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The following screen will open:

Main Screen

Starting and Stopping the Server

Click on the green arrow to start the server, and on the pause symbol to pause. As the server is multi-threading (i.e. it does several things at the same time) for safety reasons it will not pause immediately if clients are attached.

 

Environment Settings

Most of these settings can only be changed when the server is Paused.

Message Channel Port: use any free port (but different to the data port and time channel port).

Data Channel Port: use any free port

Time Channel Port: set to any port. Default is port 37 which is the accepted Internet standard.

Backup Path: when performing a backup a new uniquely named folder will be created in this location.

License Information: cannot be altered.

 

Performing a Backup

Click on Backup in the Tools menu. The Server must be running. The backup process will not interupt the other synchronisation processes. If you want to copy the result, move the entire contents of the backup folder.

 

Performing a Restore

Click on Restore in the Tools menu. The Server must be paused first. Note that all contents of the current database will be deleted. It is recommended to run a Backup first. After completing the Restore it is highly recommended to shut down and restart the RapidOne Server.

 

Advanced Settings

Click on Settings in the Tools menu and the following dialog will appear:

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The first option will activate the RapidOne Server once Windows is started and the user is logged in. RapidOne Server is not a Service, i.e. you must log in for the Server to work.

 

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It is recommended to keep these settings as low as possible, for example 3 days, as the resulting space used can rise quickly.

 

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MSDE has the habit of taking all the system memory it can put it's hands on. Limiting its memory size to 512 or 256MB will improve system performance unless you have 2 Terrabytes of RAM.

 

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Here you can change the password of the Power User. Note that after changing it, the Power User will have to re-register his RapidOne Team installation(s), so this is an option to use only in case of last resort (for example if you forgot the Power User password and cannot enter into RapidOne Team anymore).