Question and Answers
Q1. Trust Location Issues
A.1. The Trusted location is a Microsoft security feature. This is set by the installation programme; thereafter moving the data files is handled by a re-linking routine within the application. Moving the programme file may cause trusted location issues. Users with the full MS-Access programme can simply add the new directory to their trust locations. However, those users running the application from the free runtime module are reliant on the trusted location being set during the installation process.
Your data will be safe provided you have not un-installed any of the applications?
Your data is contained in the following file;
This file can be located in the data directory under the parent folder.
Copy the files to a safe location.
Un-install and re-install the programmes. Copy the file above back into the data folder over the newly created file from the installation.
Should you have lost the above file it may still be possible to recover your data had you run a backup from within the programmes? Under the data directory you will find a folder containing up to a maximum of 3 files. The date and time the backup was made is recorded in the backup mask – for example “FIREBkp - YY-MM-DD HH-MM”. If necessary you could take the most recent backup and simply renamed it back to its original name (see above) and again copy it back to the data directory.
Q.2. Error Message : Read-Only This database has been opened read-only. You can only change data in linked tables. To make design changes, save a copy of the database.
A.2. This problem will occur when sharing properties do not "Allow user to Read/Write files"
Try to "Run As Administrator" either by right clicking the short-cut or modifying the short-cut Compatibility, Privileged property. If your using a works machine your IT support should be able to place the application on a directory that allows read/write access between the front-end Graphical User Interface and the back-end Data-container.
Q.3. Can I email reports and risk assessments
A.3. FIRE has no direct method of emailing reports or risk assessments. However, users can when selecting the 'Print Option' ribbon (available on far right only when a report or assessment is being viewed) select the print menu button, and then by changing the name of the printer to either PDF or XPS save the file to their PC. The saved file can then be e-mailed in the normal manner.
Note the PDF and or XPS choices will be dependent on what options have been install on your machine.
Please bear in mind that risk assessments saved and emailed using this method may not show the all important acceptance and sign off signatures.
Q.4. Can FIRE be Used over a Network
A.4. The quick answer is yes. That said, much will depend on how your company network is set-up as to how well FIRE will function. FIRE was developed on a standalone system but programmed and designed to be network friendly. However, we were unable to do extensive testing in a network environment.
Basically, all you need to do is have a copy of the front end GUI on each user’s terminal. This can be achieved running the standard setup file to install FIRE on each machine. The installation will link FIRE’s front-end to its back-end data container file for each PC it is installed on. What you need to do then is to move one of the FIRE_be.accdb back-end files to a network location where all users can access it, and then delete all the local FIRE_be.accdb files. When you start FIRE the programme will notice that the back end file has moved and prompt you to help locate where the file has been moved to (your IT may need to do this). Simply do this on each machine FIRE is installed on and run some tests to see how the programme performs from the various locations and with different users accessing FIRE at the same time, etc.
Please ensure that FIRE has full read / write permissions for the directory the front-end and back-end files have been moved to otherwise you will receive error messages stating that FIRE has been opened in Read-Only mode. (see Q2)
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