This article helps you set up TurboLaw for use on a network by asking you a series of simple questions. If you answer "no" to a question, proceed to the next question, otherwise, follow the directions as written.
1. Do you have a dedicated file server on your network?
A dedicated file server is simply a computer that is dedicated to the task of sharing files with other users and computers in your office. Typically, a file server is not actually "used" by anyone (that is to say, no one sits in front of it and works on it every day).
TurboLaw doesn't care what kind of server you have, as long as it can be accessed by all other computers.
A shared folder is simply a folder on a computer that has been configured in such a way that network users (i.e., people on other computers on the same network) can access it. This capability is built into every version of windows.
Note: If you have an IT person or other computer specialist who manages or helps you configure your computers, you may want to ask them to set up a shared folder for you, or ask them if there is already a shared folder they'd like you to use for TurboLaw.
- Yes (Go to step 4)
- No - show me how to map a network drive in: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
A "mapped" network drive in Windows functions much like a shortcut or alias to a unique folder (or location) on your network. It allows you to address a folder on your network as if it were a physical drive in your own computer.
TurboLaw requires the use of a mapped network drive - if you attempt to browse for a folder through the "My Network Places" icon, you will receive an error message.
Note: If you have an IT person or other computer specialist who manages or helps you configure your computers, you may want to ask them to set up a mapped network drive for you, or ask them if there is already a network drive they'd like you to use for TurboLaw.
This video will show you how to use the "Configure for Network" option in TurboLaw to set up TurboLaw for use on a network.