Network Install Basics

ATP NavigatorV® is designed to be easily networked and there are some nice benefits to networking. Data consistency, multiple workstation access, single update, and reduced costs are just some of the advantages.

To understand networking with NavigatorV® lets look at the three components that make up the networked system.

NavigatorV® Network Manager – the NavigatorV® Network Manger is primarily used to manage content although content can be viewed on it as well.  This is typically installed on the PC of the person in charge of maintaining the Technical Library. This puts all the library management tools included with NavigatorV® right where they are needed most. Running revisions, verifying currency, and managing subscriptions are all performed from this PC in addition to accessing publications. Note: Even with a server, installing the Network Manager configuration on a PC reduces server workload during updates and allows some content security when using the internet.  Overall, it has a better user experience than installing the Network Manager directly on a server.

The Content Host – the Content Host is the location where all the actual publications are stored. This can be a PC that is also the Network Manager, a networked server or simply a networked PC that is separate from the Network Manager. The only requirements are that there is plenty of hard drive space (some of our bigger libraries need 30GB each) and that the location on the hard drive can be shared to other networked NavigatorV® machines.

NavigatorV® Client – the NavigatorV® Client is for viewing content only.  It is installed on a local PC and contains all the indexes, information and tools needed to find publications based on model applicability and also perform keyword searches. Local processing is the key to fast performance of the Client. The NavigatorV® Client only uses the network when it opens a publication stored on the Content Host and optionally, the profiles for compliance.

It is really as simple as 1, 2, and 3. Our Customer Support team is eager to assist you with any questions or issues. Networking – try it, you will like it.

Comments

Bob, can I use the Sybase Server to permit a client computer to access the ATP MD server via an IP address?

ATP Maintenance Director works differently than ATP Navigator on a network. While Navigator is basically a file server network Maintenance Director is a shared database using Sybase database manager. The standard Maintenance Director ships with a single user database manager and can not be networked. Upgrading to Sybase SQL Anywhere server adds a network database manager that manages multiple access and requests/writes to the database. Using Sybase Central you open the database and set up a database service that broadcasts across the network. The clients look for the service by name and connect. TCP/IP is one broadcast method for the service. Billy in support has a copy of Sybase Central and I can get his help on specific setup questions.

Hope this helps
bob