Using Time Clock MTS with Two Different Databases

We’ve had an interesting question from a Time Clock MTS user who uses the software with two different databases to track two distinct departments in their workplace. The user asked if there was an easier way to have the Time Clock MTS administrator program connect easily to the two different databases with out having to make use of the Change button on the System Options screen. It turns out there is an easier way. Here’s what we suggested (these instructions will not work on Windows XP).

1. On the Time Clock MTS administrator program make two copies of the file:

c:\Program Data\Time Clock MTS\timeclock.ini

And call them timeclock_location1.ini and timeclock_location2.ini

2. Open up both of these files in Windows Notepad and change the setting DatabaseLoc in each file to the path to your two Time Clock MTS databases.

3. Save both files.

4. Create a batch file and enter the following commands into it.

copy “c:\Program Data\Time Clock MTS\timeclock_location1.ini” “c:\Program Data\Time Clock MTS\timeclock.ini”
“c:\Program Files (x86)\Time Clock MTS\timeclockmts.exe”

Save the batch file as “timeclockmts_database1.bat”.

Note: If you’re not running a 64 bit version of Windows use the path c:\Program Files\Time Clock MTS\ rather than c:\Program Files (x86)\Time Clock MTS\timeclockmts.exe.

5. Create another batch file and enter the following commands into it.

copy “c:\Program Data\Time Clock MTS\timeclock_location2.ini” “c:\Program Data\Time Clock MTS\timeclock.ini”
“c:\Program Files (x86)\Time Clock MTS\timeclockmts.exe”

Save the batch file as “timeclockmts_database2.bat”.

Note: If you’re not running a 64 bit version of Windows use the path c:\Program Files\Time Clock MTS\ rather than c:\Program Files (x86)\Time Clock MTS\timeclockmts.exe.

6. Create a Shortcut to both batch files on your Windows desktop. Call one “Time Clock MTS Database1″ and the other “Time Clock MTS Database2″.

7. All you need to do to open up Time Clock MTS connected to either of the two databases is double click on the appropriate shortcut.

These instructions require more advanced computer knowledge than Time Clock MTS usually requires of it’s users but it’s a complex setup required by very few. If you’re unclear about anything in this article just Contact Us and we’ll try to help you out.

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