Saturday, 7 February 2009

SBS 2008 – Lacerte 2005 Install

We had some interesting times getting Lacerte 2006 installed and configured on an SBS 2008 network (Previous blog post).

We just finished running through various combinations of set up attempts to get Lacerte 2005 installed to a network location.

Essentially, we discovered that the setup and data migration ran the same as it did in the previous post for Lacerte 2006 with one exception.

It turned out that no matter how we tried to get the install to run from a network location, it would not. Lacerte 2005 would not recognize the mapped drive we were running the install from. It always assumed we were running from a UNC path \\server\Lacerte\setup.exe.

Once we copied the install CD contents to a folder in a local folder, we were able to run the install to both the network mapped drive and to the local machine without a problem. Make sure not to use a folder that is redirected to the server such as the Documents or Desktop folders as setup will fail.

Again, keep in mind that Lacerte 2005 will need to be fired up at least once before copying over the existing Lacerte 2005 firm data.

UPDATE: Some of the workstations are complaining about installing from a UNC instead of a mapped network drive. If that happens, copy the 05Tax folder over to a local folder and run the setup from there.

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac!

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