Can you run a .exe from an external HD on 2 seperate machines...?

By akabatfink ·

I was wondering if anyone would be able to assist with this doozey. I have an external HD shared across a network, both myself and colleague can access the HD no problems but i was wondering if we would be able to run an .exe from the external HD on both of our seperate machines across the network, at the same time. It would be the same .exe file which we woul dbe running.

I hope someone can help...thank you for your time

Kind Rgds

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by Dumphrey In reply to Can you run a .exe from a ...

that it wont work. The program will allow the first comer to open and execute it, but will then "lock" unless it is a multiuser application. Any particular reason you both need to run the same exe at the same time?

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You can

by Toivo Talikka In reply to I would bet

You should be able to load the program into both PCs. Depending on the setup, if the program is referring to a configuration file on a network drive and if the configuration file maintains the status or the identification of each PC that loaded the program, and depending on the licensing mode, the program in the second PC may come to a grinding halt.

Otherwise, if all the settings used by the program are maintained in the user's profile and the program does not keep track of how many times it has been loaded or run simultaneously, there is no reason for it not to work.

On the other hand, if the program is referring to files stored on the network drives and the program opens a file for writing in an exclusive mode, the file is locked by one PC for the duration of the transaction, and the other PC may have difficulties in accessing the file, or the end result may be an inconsistent file. That is why the multi-user applications tend to be more expensive because they contain the logic to maintain file or record locking to enable simultaneous updates from several workstations.

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Thank you

by akabatfink In reply to You can

thankyou so much for your response & for going into great detail. You've cleared it up for me.

Thanks again

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Thank you

by akabatfink In reply to I would bet

Thanks for your reply, it was very helpful.

We were just looking into the posibility of it really, to try and free up some space on our machines due to memory restrictions

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