Installing MAS200 at the main office and branch office

Discussion in 'Accounting Software' started by j.t.w, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. j.t.w

    j.t.w Guest

    Hello,

    We're looking into purchasing MAS200 but have a couple of general
    questions...

    After installing MAS200 at the main office, can we install a copy of
    MAS200 at a branch office (a sales department) without having to
    purchase the complete ERP software and database for that location? We
    will have enough client licenses for all users.

    I've seen some posts about connecting to MAS via terminal services.
    What is the user's experience like? Is it acceptable or is there a lag
    like when using gotomypc?

    Does anyone have any other sugestions we should look into with using
    the MAS product?

    Thanks,
    j.t.w
     
    j.t.w, Feb 13, 2008
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  2. j.t.w

    Roy Hobbs Guest

    Technically it would be against the MAS 200 Sage Software license to
    install the software in multiple locations like you suggest. The best
    implementation of MAS 200 for multiple locations is using terminal
    services. Provided there is a reasonable DSL internet speed at both
    offices there should be no lag or delay. The user experience is so
    similar to a live session that most users will not even know they are
    on terminal server. In addition, all the accounting is in one
    location on one system. if you implement two different installs, you
    will have problems with multiple data sets in different locations -
    usually not a good idea.

    A properly implemented Terminal solution for MAS 200 is a solid and
    cost effective way to use MAS from multiple locations.
     
    Roy Hobbs, Feb 13, 2008
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  3. j.t.w

    j.t.w Guest

    Roy,

    Thanks for your quick response.

    I've read in some posts that in order for MAS to work with Terminal
    Service (TS), the users need admin rights on the TS box. Do you know
    if this is true? Or do you know of a work around that works (something
    like setting full control permissions only on specified folders)?

    Again, thanks for your help and insight.
    j.t.w

    P.S. Does anyone know how much TS with a 5 user license costs and TS
    with a 15 user license?
     
    j.t.w, Feb 14, 2008
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  4. JTW,

    What kind of company will be using MAS200?

    Thanks,

    A
     
    A Nonny Moose, Feb 15, 2008
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  5. Hi J.T.W.,

    What type of business are you running? There are a lot of solutions
    out there that would not require terminal services to connect over the
    internet, although terminal services would certainly work. Have you
    looked into programs built in the Microsoft .NET framework with the
    ability to utilize Web services rather than requiring terminal
    services?

    Good luck with your decision!

    Rebecca

    Comtech Solutions
    Accounting & ERP Made Easy
     
    Rebecca MacMullin, Feb 15, 2008
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  6. j.t.w

    Chris Gunn Guest

    Howdy,

    Terminal Services is built into the latest versions of Windows. I use it
    regularly.

    The server receiving the connections should be configured with specific
    login accounts. Remote connections should never be logging in with the
    server's Administative account. You will want an experienced and very
    trustworthy consultant to set it up while you watch and learn how to change
    the passwords.

    The connection accounts can be set to access the server with limited
    privileges. Should be able to restrict it to only open and use MAS.

    I know you do not want to use Windows Vista for the main machine. Its
    security will drive you crazy, while at the same time is not completely safe
    for this type of networking. Windows 2003 Server will work very nicely for
    you.

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    Chris Gunn, Feb 15, 2008
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    Roy Hobbs Guest

    The best way to address common network security concerns with MAS200
    is actually to use TS. Just setup the Remote Desktop User profile to
    launch MAS 200 at user login, or modify the RDP shorcut on the desktop
    to launch MAS200 at login, then TS only allows MAS to be run. This is
    a good way to avoid security problems and in my opinion TS is actually
    more secure than most MAS 200 configs.

    That said, MAS200 does require full admin rights to function
    properly. Even if MAS 200 is installed on the local desktop it is
    best if the local user has full rights to the local machine and of
    course full rights to the directory above the ../MAS90 directory.

    Printing to non-network local printers is a little bit of a hassel
    with TS, so consider making all printers network printers when you
    roll out TS.

    Shoot me an email if you need any help.

    Cheers.

    Roy Hobbs
    http://www.alxerp.com
     
    Roy Hobbs, Feb 15, 2008
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