FDL Inventory - Frequently Asked Questions

Can both Access 2000/2002/2003 and Access 97 engines use the same database?

Microsoft requires a physical file conversion to utilize an Access 97 database with Access 2000, 2002 or 2003. Due to this, we provide two identical versions of FDL Inventory v2.1, one for Access 97 and another for use with Access 2000, 2002 or 2003. Clients needing access to FDL Inventory v2.1 would need to be running the version of Access specific to the version of FDL Inventory v2.1 installed. Access 2000, 2002 and 2003 can open and utilize the same database format without the need for database file conversion. This allows FDL Inventory v2.1 for Access 2000 to be utilized by Access 2000, 2002 or 2003.

FDL Inventory v3.0 is distributed for use with Access 2000, 2002 or 2003 only.

Is FDL Inventory multi-user?

Yes. FDL Inventory is multi-user. The database program has been split into 2 separate .MDB files. One MDB file contains nothing but data, the other contains the FDL Inventory program itself.

You can install both of the files on a network location and have all of your Access clients open them from there, or, to enhance network performance (especially for slow WAN or dialup connections), you can install just the data MDB file (FDL_DATA.MDB) on the network and distribute the program MDB file (FDL_INV.MDB) on each workstation.

The retail CD that you receive when you purchase the product contains a special "client" setup program which will generate the Start Menu shortcuts for you without installing the actual data .MDB file on their local client workstation, -or- you can simply create an Access shortcut to the FDL_INV.MDB file on your network drive.

What is the licensing costs if you want to have the database on a server and multiple clients accessing it?

Fielding Data Labs licenses FDL Inventory on a physical copy basis. This means that you can have an unlimited number of clients accessing a single copy of the database without additional licensing costs. This licensing strategy is based on the FDL_DATA.MDB file. Each separate copy of this file that you have installed constitutes a single license.

What if my company is large and is made up of more than one location?

The Syncronization version of FDL Inventory (v3.0s) contains powerful, multi-database synchronization capabilities to allow a "distributed network" of FDL Inventory databases. With this functionality, IT administrators at separate locations within the organization can track their hardware and software inventory within their own copies of FDL Inventory, and synchronize their data to a centralized corporate FDL Inventory database for centralized management and reporting of ALL of the companys assets. Synchronization can occur over any WAN/GAN/VPN/Dial-Up where file access to the FDL Inventory databases are made available to the user.

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