Monday, 30 March 2009

Shared MYOB installation

According to MYOB support you cannot run a shared installation of MYOB, that is you cannot run it from a server.

I beg to differ.

This is what I did to make MYOB Premier v12 work on a shared drive:
  1. Install MYOB on each workstation - this is so that the various bits and pieces that MYOB installs into the Windows directory are there. This step may well prove to be optional, but I didn't want to tempt fate.
  2. Copy the C:\MYOB folder to a server drive.
  3. Map the folder on the server to a drive for each workstation.
  4. Update the short-cuts in the Start Menu to use that drive and to start in that drive and to point at the application on that drive. (I updated one, then copied the whole shortcuts folder to the server and replaced all the workstation copies with that folder.)
This will allow you to share your forms and letters across multiple users. I suspect there are issues with multiple users updating the same form at the same time, but in my case this was not going to be a problem.

All users need full read/write permission to the drive.

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