Moving BCM database to new PC

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I have a customer who uses BCM for Outlook 2003 on desktop runing XP. She has

just purchased a notebook running Vista Business. I have set this up,

installed her software tec, which in the case of BCM required installing BCM

despite the incompatibility warning, then an update for BCM and finally an

upgrade to make it compatibile with Vista. However, that is not the prioblem,

I think. I used Vista's Easy Transfer Wizard to extract all her data from the

eesktop, and that seems to have worked fine with the notable exception of the

BCM database which was not copied across. BCM on the notebook has a small and

empty database. I have tried to copy the BCM database files from the desktop

into the notebook's loaction, having copied and renamed the originals on the

notebook, but BCM on the notebook only recognises the notebook's files as a

possible database source regardless of the file names. I presume that each

database is PC name specific and that the notebook BCM will only access

database files created on it and named (internally) accordingly. I tried

export from the desktop which got all the contacts but not the accounts. I

tried a backup but that would not import into the notebook (wrong PC name I

guess). She is going to abandon the desktop, probably already could in fact,

so, when taht happens, if I rename the computer name on the notebook to that

of the desktop, will the notebook's BCM then recognise the files copied from

the desktop? Or, is there another way to move the database from one PC to

another
 
On Aug 20, 5:10 pm, "SageAdvice" <u54163@uwe> wrote:
> I have a customer who uses BCM for Outlook 2003 on desktop runing XP. Shehas
> just purchased a notebook running Vista Business. I have set this up,
> installed her software tec, which in the case of BCM required installing BCM
> despite the incompatibility warning, then an update for BCM and finally an
> upgrade to make it compatibile with Vista.  However, that is not the prioblem,
> I think. I used Vista's Easy Transfer Wizard to extract all her data fromthe
> eesktop, and that seems to have worked fine with the notable exception ofthe
> BCM database which was not copied across. BCM on the notebook has a smalland
> empty database. I have tried to copy the BCM database files from the desktop
> into the notebook's loaction, having copied and renamed the originals on the
> notebook, but BCM on the notebook only recognises the notebook's files asa
> possible database source regardless of the file names. I presume that each
> database is PC name specific and that the notebook BCM will only access
> database files created on it and named (internally) accordingly. I tried
> export from the desktop which got all the contacts but not the accounts. I
> tried a backup but that would not import into the notebook (wrong PC nameI
> guess). She is going to abandon the desktop, probably already could in fact,
> so, when taht happens, if I rename the computer name on the notebook to that
> of the desktop, will the notebook's BCM then recognise the files copied from
> the desktop? Or, is there another way to move the database from one PC to
> another


BCM v3 is mor ehelpful in this area, as it looks for mdf files in that

folder, attaches the ones it finds, and makes the ones that are

compatible (user has permission, same locale, etc) available to the

user.

With BCM v2 (2003) you can attach the database manually to BCM's Sql

Server instance. Then if the database is compatible, the user should

be able to select it.

http://beyng.blogspot.com/2006/03/how-to-attach-database-files-to-sql.html

Vista has an additional wrinkle with permissions, Sql Server 2005

doesn't run as root like it used, but as user Network Services, so you

have to ensure that user has permission to read and write the mdf file

you copied from the other machine.
 
Thanks Luther. I gave that a go but encountered several problems, not least

being setting permissions (need to use the Advanced button and then Edit and

select inherit properties) but mainly getting the owner of the database to

change. I was unsucessful at this even following the leads on beyng.blogspot.

com site.

But I did succeed in the task i the end using a much simpler route. I had

already tried exporting from the XP install but this only provided the

contacts, no accounts and no history. In playing around with various

solutions I realised I could export the accounts if I selected that folder

line before using File Export. Then I noticed that the Vista install had more

import options than the XP had for export.

Sure enough, the two versions were not the same and the Vista had an option

to collect the history. The difference being the Business Contact Managr

Update for Outlook 2003 (

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...42-6DC5-4922-9DFB-1C82237D6B62&displaylang=en

) had been installed on the Visat PC to allow SP4 which makes BCM 2003 Vista

compatible. With the Update installed on XP the wider range of Export options

allowed me to export the accounts, contacts and history in one , much larger,

file. I then created a new database in the Vista install (just to be safe)

and imported.

All data present and correct!

Luther Blissett wrote:
> > I have a customer who uses BCM for Outlook 2003 on desktop runing XP. She has
> > just purchased a notebook running Vista Business. I have set this up,

> [quoted text clipped - 17 lines]
> > the desktop? Or, is there another way to move the database from one PC to
> > another


> BCM v3 is mor ehelpful in this area, as it looks for mdf files in that
> folder, attaches the ones it finds, and makes the ones that are
> compatible (user has permission, same locale, etc) available to the
> user.

> With BCM v2 (2003) you can attach the database manually to BCM's Sql
> Server instance. Then if the database is compatible, the user should
> be able to select it.
> http://beyng.blogspot.com/2006/03/how-to-attach-database-files-to-sql.html

> Vista has an additional wrinkle with permissions, Sql Server 2005
> doesn't run as root like it used, but as user Network Services, so you
> have to ensure that user has permission to read and write the mdf file
> you copied from the other machine.


 
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