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Lessons Learned with Parallels Running Southware on XP

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:34 pm    Post subject: Lessons Learned with Parallels Running Southware on XP Reply with quote

Trying to convert to Mac Mini at work so that all email, surfing, and calendars are on a Mac platform, but our Sales and Accounting software while running on a Linux server, must use windows and accucobol for printing purposes.

Systems
---Linux Red Hat server with Southware Loaded. Similar to Great Plains.
--Windows Server to handle printing from Southware to all printers on site
--ICVerify on a standalone system for Running Credit Cards
--Qquest running on a standalone system for Time Clocks at 4 locations
--Standalone system from the bank for depositing checks daily
--Over 20 workstations using Thinclient or TTwin to log into Linux Server
--2009 MAC MINI Snow Leopard Server
--Two 2009 Mac Mini's smallest available
--Two 2010 Mac Mini's smallest available

Plan
Short Term-Eliminate all possible PCs and replace with Mac Mini's or Mac Laptops. This will allow mulitiple calendar sharing, control of surfing the net, and flawless email handling with IPhones and MobilMe.
Long Term-Eliminate Windows Server and run Red Hat Linux on a Mac System and remove Paralell and XP from the office completely.

Actions and Results
Used Parallels to put XP on Mac Mini's and loaded programs we needed such as :
--Thinclient to access Southware
--Microsoft Office since we owned a copy, and other related links to the server as needed.
--Needed to have CC readers send info to our program running on Red Hat.

No problems except loss of F9 key needed in Southware.
Parallel was not too helpful and I was unable to remap the key in the Virtual Machine or Southware. Finally figured out by going into Mac Systems file I could disable the F9 key permanently from Mac use and it only works in the Virtual XP field. The credit card readers were the biggest shock. When plugged in, Mac asked if I wanted to use them in the Mac environment or the virtual environment. Knowing this may happen, still surprised me because we spent a few hours making them work in windows originally. Seamless import of CC info into our system and also with IC Verify.
Spent probably 2 hours from start to finishing the first invoice on the Mac Mini at the sales counter. We usually spend over half a day or more loading software, mapping network drives, installing printers and CC scanners on systems we are all familiar with.
IMPRESSED TO SAY THE LEAST

Future Changes
-Any program other than Parallels will be used. See 07/27/10 post for reasons.
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