First Time Installation on a Network

The Volunteer Reporter works on any Windows network as a database using Windows file sharing. The data resides in a shared folder on the server and each workstation runs an installation of the Reporter. The Touch-Screen Assistant [only, not the Reporter] is installed on the sign-in kiosk and also accesses the data folder.

Network Requirements

  1. Put the data on the server in a shared folder that gives full read and write access to each user.
  2. Every Reporter user [and Touch-Screen user] needs full read/write access to both the local folder where the Reporter or Touch-screen Assistant is installed and the shared data folder.
  3. The Reporter is typically not installed on the server and the Touch-Screen Assistant is never installed on the server.
  4. Check whether this computer is 64 bit, if so install appropriately.

networking diagram

Install the Volunteer Reporter

  1. Install the Reporter on one workstation computer, selecting Program Only.
  2. Start the Reporter.
  3. The Data Sets window will open automatically. If it doesn't, click on File | Select Data Set.
  4. Click on the Add button and name the new data set or leave Data Set Name as "Default".
    name the data set

Network Data Setup

  1. Enter the data folder location.
  2. Press Tab and leave the shared documents folder as a subfolder of the data folder.
    Set the path to the data
  3. Save your new data set with the OK button and then click Select
    Click Select to close the data sets window..

Install the Touch-Screen Assistant

  1. Install the Touch-Screen Assistant on the kiosk [or each kiosk] with its own CD.
  2. By default it installs on C:\Reporter
  3. Check to create a desktop icon, if desired.
  4. Check to automatically load when the computer starts, if desired.
  5. The first time you start the Assistant, it will ask where the Volunteer Reporter's data is located. Use the file folder button to point to the networked folder where the data is located.
  6. Instructions for Touch-Screen Assistant settings are accessed in the Reporter's manual:
    Help | Reference Manual(pdf) | Reference | Touch-Screen Assistant | Touch-Screen Installation | etc.
  7. Some computer setting suggestions are printed on the little card that comes with the software.

Feel free to call us with any questions.

Revised 03/Aug/2011

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