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  • Barb Allen
    I posted this question and sent it to FamilySearch support but did not receive a satisfactory answer so I was hoping someone on this list would know from
    Message 1 of 5 , Feb 1, 2012
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      I posted this question and sent it to FamilySearch support but did not receive a satisfactory answer so I was hoping someone on this list would know from experience.  Here is my problem.  We no longer have a network in our center.  I would like to take a extra 500 G hard drive we have, buy an external drive enclosure and copy the PRF to it.  Is this possible?  I really don't care if it is only on one computer...I just don't want to have to access the CD's every time a patron wants to use it.
       
      Barb
    • jbmarcum@roadrunner.com
      Barb, I have the PRF cds on a NAS - bought the hard drive and then an inclosure for it. Copied all the cds to it. There is a list on what files need to be
      Message 2 of 5 , Feb 1, 2012
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        Barb,

        I have the PRF cds on a NAS - bought the hard drive and then an inclosure for it. Copied all the cds to it. There is a list on what files need to be copied and where to put them. Then, you just MAP to that drive. The enclosure usually comes with its own OS embedded in it, and lets you setup who has access to it. Let me know if you would like a copy of this list. I have had this working for about 2-3 years now.

        Judith Marcum
        Yuma AZ FHC Computer Specialist


        ---- Barb Allen <gone2center@...> wrote:

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        I posted this question and sent it to FamilySearch support but did not receive a satisfactory answer so I was hoping someone on this list would know from experience.  Here is my problem.  We no longer have a network in our center.  I would like to take a extra 500 G hard drive we have, buy an external drive enclosure and copy the PRF to it.  Is this possible?  I really don't care if it is only on one computer...I just don't want to have to access the CD's every time a patron wants to use it.
         
        Barb
      • mkitchen@juno.com
        I put the PRF on an external USB drive in a center on a machine with XP. My only problem is that the PRF could not be run on the machine that the USB was
        Message 3 of 5 , Feb 1, 2012
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          I put the PRF on an external USB drive in a center on a machine with XP.
          My only problem is that the PRF could not be run on the machine that the USB was attached to. It would work fine on all the other machines in the center. Also, I think microsoft has a built-in limit of serving to 5 other "client" machines (or 10 machines if your "server" has XP Pro.)

          I had much better results in a different center (having more than 25 machines) using a "NAS" --Network Attached Storage. I purchased a Buffalo brand NAS, about .5 Terrabyte storage although you cannot buy them that small nowadays. But I also see (for instance on ebay about $50) a NAS enclosure into which you put the disk of your choice. The NAS unit I used I think has a Linux operating system running server type software. Just attach it to your network (10/100/1000). I don't remember for sure, but during installation, I may have named the unit NAS. I run a startup file in each client machine that has this command:
          subst v: //nas/share/prfviewer

          and install the PRF using drive V:
          There are a lot of other details including the fact that you need a special file which has a password to enable it.
          The PRF networking is not licenced for home use but can be used in a FHC on a network.
          Contact me privately for further help.

          Disks up to 147 have been published and sold. The distribution centers no longer have a way to order any disks, but I am told that disks up to 152 are being prepared. All contributions to disk 14? are on Trees portion of FamilySearch.org; those from 14?-152 will appear there later; all future contributions will only appear in Trees part of FamilySearch.org.
          Merlin Kitchen




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        • Russell Hltn
          It can be done, but you need the instructions, a special file and the password from Family History Support to do that. WinXP has a 10 user limit when being
          Message 4 of 5 , Feb 1, 2012
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            It can be done, but you need the instructions, a special file and the password from Family History Support to do that.
             
            WinXP has a 10 user limit when being used as a file server.  (If you're using it for some other kind of connection as well, such as setting the time,  it might go to just 5.)

          • Barb Allen
            Thanks to all that replied to my query.  I will be contacting several of you for more information.   Barb ________________________________ From:
            Message 5 of 5 , Feb 2, 2012
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              Thanks to all that replied to my query.  I will be contacting several of you for more information.
               
              Barb

              From: "mkitchen@..." <mkitchen@...>
              To: fhctech@yahoogroups.com
              Sent: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 3:08 PM
              Subject: Re: [fhctech] PRF on an external hard drive

              I put the PRF on an external USB drive in a center on a machine with XP.
              My only problem is that the PRF could not be run on the machine that the USB was attached to.  It would work fine on all the other machines in the center.  Also, I think microsoft has a built-in limit of serving to 5 other "client" machines (or 10 machines if your "server" has XP Pro.)

              I had much better results in a different center (having more than 25 machines) using a "NAS" --Network Attached Storage.  I purchased a Buffalo brand NAS, about .5 Terrabyte storage although you cannot buy them that small nowadays.  But I also see (for instance on ebay about $50) a NAS enclosure into which you put the disk of your choice.  The NAS unit I used I think has a Linux operating system running server type software.  Just attach it to your network (10/100/1000).  I don't remember for sure, but during installation, I may have named the unit NAS.  I run a startup file  in each client machine that has this command:
              subst v: //nas/share/prfviewer

              and install the PRF using drive V:
              There are a lot of other details including the fact that you need a special file which has a password to enable it.
              The PRF networking is not licenced for home use but can be used in a FHC on a network.
              Contact me privately for further help.

              Disks up to 147 have been published and sold.  The distribution centers no longer have a way to order any disks, but I am told that disks up to 152 are being prepared.  All contributions to disk 14? are on Trees portion of FamilySearch.org; those from 14?-152 will appear there later; all future contributions will only appear in Trees part of FamilySearch.org.
              Merlin Kitchen




              ____________________________________________________________
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              The Stunning Results of Her Wrinkle Trick Has Botox Doctors Worried
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