Checklist for Network Setup of GoAntiquing!

The checklist below will help you to setup your network for a multi-register retail store-front for use with GoAntiquing!.

The quick summary of what you will be doing below is easy to state: You will setup your network with a shared folder on the "Main" computer. This folder will contain the GoAntiquing! database. You will install the software to all computers, and you will connect each computer to the database manually, then you will get activation codes for all the computers. Naturally this summary implies some details, but again, the checklist here should help you get the installation completed and working.

NOTE: It is assumed all computers are already networked on at least a 100Mbps Ethernet-style network, recommended is a 1GB or GigE network. Anything slower will not work. For ease of configuration your computers should all be running the same version of Windows, however this is not a requirement. Each PC should have double the minimum memory requirement for the operating system. Processing speed is becoming more important with each new operating system from Microsoft due to increased features that demand more power to run adequately. The best way to choose a PC is to pick a computer somewhere near the high side of the middle ground of whatever is available, as of April 2017 an PC built around an Intel Core i5 at 3.0Ghz fits that requirement. If budget allows go to the higher end, perhaps buy a PC with an Intel Core i7 processor, doing so generally means the rest of the PC is built to a higher standard. However, any new PC will generally be just fine.

"Stand-By", "Hibernate", "Sleep" and "Low-Power" Mode Notes:

You must ensure that all computers that connect to the database on your network or the database host computer cannot go to "Sleep" or enter "Stand-By" mode, or "Hibernate" while connected to your GoAntiquing! database. You must also ensure that the network connection you use for each computer is setup to NOT be allowed to go into "Low Power" or "Stand-By" or "Sleep" mode, or be allowed to "Conserve Power". If you do NOT do this, then without a doubt, you will experience data loss and data corruption. Newer versions of Windows also have advanced power settings that should be set, such as use power profile "High Performance" and in "Advanced settings" disallow the hard disk from turning off by setting that to 0, find the section for "Power buttons and lid" and set "Do nothing" as the action for "Sleep button" and "Lid close".

Firewalls and Anti-Virus Notes:

Many computers today come with Firewall software pre-installed. It is important to allow GoAntiquing! to get through the firewall for all potential needs. The best way to do this is to ask someone who knows how to configure the firewall to setup an "exception" or "exclusion" for "GoAntiquingPOS.exe". We also recommend that any anti-virus software be setup to exclude the GoAntiquing! application and Data folder from being scanned or otherwise monitored by the software. This is more of a performance setting - anti-virus software can see some of GoAntiquing!'s normal function as threatening as it opens and creates and closes and deletes many temporary files of a data type (MDB) which many anti-virus programs see as virus vectors. GoAntiquing! itself has no such viruses and contains a digital signature that means you know that it came from Brave New Software and is certified safe.

'Homegroup' Networking Notes:

With Windows 7 (and carried into Windows 8 and 10) Microsoft introduced a default networking protocol called 'Homegroup'. We recommend that you disable 'Homegroup' networking and revert to classic networking. To do so, you must find the 'Advanced sharing settings' for your network. This is located under Control Panel / Networking and Sharing Center. The option settings that are important are 'Turn on network discovery', 'Turn on file and printer sharing', 'Turn on password protected sharing', and 'Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers'. All of these options should be the selected choice. You will likely need to restart all computers on the network after making these changes.

'Permissions' Notes:

With Windows Vista, and carried and into Windows 7/8/10 Microsoft introduced a higher level of protection called User Account Control. Generally speaking this is a good thing. GoAntiquing! will disable it at installation time, force a restart, then re-enable it, and force another restart after installation completes. However, there are times when you must override Windows permissions and force GoAntiquing! to run under elevated permissions called "Administrator Mode". You will know this needs to happen if when opening GoAntiquing! an error related to updating the "registry" is shown. To force elevated permissions you must locate the shortcut that runs GoAntiquing! and open up the properties of it, and set the "Run as administrator" checkbox, then whenever GoAntiquing! is run it will ask for permission to make changes (which is must be allowed to do).

Get a full install of GoAntiquing! from the download support page. This has been tested on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, as well as a specialty version of Windows known as POSReady7.

Copy the install to a removable memory stick device or place it on a shared network location, or you can just download it to each computer individually from the link above.

Install the software to the computer that will be designated the MAIN computer, which should be the fastest and most stable machine on the network. Note the software must be installed by an "Windows administrator" login.

Create a folder on the MAIN computer, perhaps "C:\GAPOS" and copy your shop database to that location.

Note: if you have previously been configuring the software on another computer you will copy the file of type MDB, which should have a name like your shop name, from "C:\Data Files\GoAntiquing! POS" to this "C:\GAPOS" folder. You will also want to copy the "Settlement" folder if it exists. A deeper discussion of this can be found on the FAQ located here.

Now share that folder on the network. You must NOT be using "simple file sharing" on ANY of the computers. Set the share so "Everyone" has "Full Control" access - this is located under the Permissions tab of Sharing Properties for the folder. If you do not know how to setup file sharing please consult a technical person.

Create a user on the "MAIN" computer with a simple password. Typically when support does this a user "dbconnect" is created with the password "dbconnect". Each remote PC then will potentially have to connect to the "MAIN" computer using that user name and password.

It might make sense to create a batch file that is executed each time a remote PC starts up with two lines in it that force a network connection. In this example "mainregister" is a generic name and example for what the "MAIN" register might be named.

Here are the two lines for the batch file:

net use p: /d
net use p: "\\mainregister\gapos" /persistent:yes /user:dbconnect dbconnect

These two lines will create a network drive P: and connect to it using the credentials for user "dbconnect". Then you will open the database via the P: drive when browing for the database via "File / Open Database".

Everyone will access the database by opening the database from the shared folder using File / Open Database. This means every computer needs to know the "name" of the "Main" computer. So please be sure and locate the "Main" computer name - this can be found under Control Panel / System. Please note, all computers on the network should have a different 'Name'. The name setting is found under Control Panel / System / Computer Name.

You should now complete the installation of the software to each computer that will function as a cash register.

On the MAIN computer, run GoAntiquing! and use the "File / Open Database" option. Browse to the shared folder location, such as C:\GAPOS and open your shop database. Select or type in the word "ADMIN" for the cashier to use and click the Login button.

You will then be waiting at the Activation Screen and will need to send the hardware key info and the Registered Shop Name to our Support email address. We will then provide an activation code.

If you have any additional setup tasks to do, such as creating Dealers, Cashiers, etc., this is the right time to do so.

On each of the cash registers open GoAntiquing! and and use the "File / Open Database" menu option. Browse to the shared folder on the "Main" computer using the Network or Network Neighborhood option on the Open Database window. Select or type in the word "ADMIN" for the cashier, or another Admin level cashier name, and click the Login button.

You will then be waiting at the Activation Screen for each cash register and will need to supply Support with the "Hardware Key Info" and the the Shop Name. We will then provide an activation code.

You will then need to use the Manage Cash Registers tool to confirm the settings for each register.

Assuming all settings completed and you have tested your POS environment you are ready to make/take sales.

Above all, be sure and ALWAYS backup your data. Check the settings in GoAntiquing! under "Settings / General Settings / Close Out", ALWAYS execute a Close Out EVERY DAY and ensure you are using the Backup option when you Close Out. If you are interested in a on-line data backup solution, consider the integrated GoAntiquing! Data Backup service that costs $10/month.