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How to move Account Ability's database to a different server.
How to move Account Ability to another computer.
How to move Account Ability's database to a different server.
The following instructions for locating and moving the database to a new server (\\NEWSERVER) should be followed by a network administrator. In the discussion that follows, YYYY represents the reporting year.

(a) Ensure that Account Ability is not active on any workstation.
(b) Locate the YYYY database - The YYYY database resides within a folder named YYYYDATA. By default, this database resides within Account Ability's installation folder. Using Window's Explorer, browse to the installation folder and locate YYYYDATA.
(c) Copy the database - Click once on the YYYYDATA folder and select Copy from the Edit menu.
(d) Move the database - Browse to the desired location on \\NEWSERVER and select Paste from the Edit menu.
(e) Grant all users administrative rights to \\NEWSERVER\YYYYDATA
(f) Start Account Ability.
(g) From the Module menu, select Re-allocate
(h) From the sub-menu, select Account Ability's YYYY Database
(i) Browse to the folder \\NEWSERVER\YYYYDATA using universal naming convention (UNC), not a mapped drive.
(j) Open the \\NEWSERVER\YYYYDATA folder and double-click the AAYYYY database file.
(k) Exit and restart Account Ability.

Account Ability will now look to \\NEWSERVER\YYYYDATA for its database. To ensure this, select About Account Ability's YYYY Database from the Help menu.
How to move Account Ability to another computer.
In the discussion that follows, the computer on which Account Ability is currently installed is referred to as the SOURCE computer, the computer on which Account Ability will be installed is referred to as the DESTINATION computer, and the current reporting year is referred to as YYYY.

From the SOURCE computer:

a) Start Account Ability (you must be the only user).
b) Close any tax forms that may be open.
c) Select 'Backup/Restore...' from the 'Module' menu.
d) Click on the 'Backup' page.
e) Jot down the 'Source path' ("SOURCE PATH").
f) Make sure that database 'AAYYYY.abs' is checked.
g) Select a 'Destination' drive and folder on which to save the backup.
h) Click the 'Backup' button and enter a name for the backup archive.
i) Click the 'Save' button to confirm your selections.
j) Click 'OK' to complete the backup.
k) Close Account Ability.

From the DESTINATION computer:

a) Install Account Ability.
b) Launch Account Ability.
c) Select 'Backup/Restore...' from the 'Module' menu.
d) Click on the 'Restore' page.
e) Select the 'Source' drive and folder containing the backup archive.
f) In the 'Available archives', click the archive to be restored.
g) The contents of the selected archive should be displayed.
h) Select a 'Destination drive' (if different than the 'Original')
i) Click the 'Restore' button.
j) The database is restored to the SOURCE PATH of the destination drive.
k) Close the 'Restore' Utility.

If your data is not displayed, select

'Re-allocate -> Account Ability's YYYY Database'

from the 'Module' menu.

Browse to the SOURCE PATH on the destination drive and select the AAYYYY.abs database.
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