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Hi does anyone have a simple sure-fire way (as well as slick and seemless) to keep the front-end version for large numbers of desktop users up-to-date?
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NeoPa
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Hi there. Welcome to Bytes.com :-)

Many people discuss this & even I have a more complicated system that checks the version numbers before updating, but nowadays I suggest using the KISS! (Keep It Simple Stupid!) principle & just send the latest version to a place that all can see on the network (whether locally or remote isn't too important) and that's all the releaser need do. Each desktop has a shortcut that, instead of simply opening the FE, copies the version found at the release location used by the releaser over the local version for that user & then opens that. The cost of the copy is negligible nowadays.

It's a good idea to use a Batch or CMD file to execute the tasks (Copy then Open) but it makes good sense to set up a shortcut that uses the Access icon as its picture. If the BAT/CMD file runs blind as well that's a bonus. If the users see anything they don't understand they can get skittish. Why invite questions when it's easy to make it work smoothly so none is required.
3 Weeks Ago #2
BrainstormUK
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Thanks for that NeoPa - sounds simpler than the idea I had.
Cheers
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NeoPa
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I overcomplicated it myself when I first tried it. Then it just worked so I never re-worked it, but if I were doing it again now I'd follow this simpler approach.
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