This page explains how to configure and install the HICSOAP PROFESSIONAL program so that installations on different computers can access the same database simultaneously over a network. In the context of HICSOAP another completely different use of the word networking is the networking of the IOL MASTER or LENSTAR. And an alternative method of networking is to install HICSOAP on a Citrix or MS Terminal. This page restricts itself to the situtation of installing HICSOAP on workstations and placing the database file on a shared folder on the network.


You need the PROFESSIONAL edition. Networking is not supported in the DELUXE or STANDARD edition.

Basic Idea

The program should be installed on the workstations and the one database file placed on the server. It’s possible to store the database on any computer on the network because any Windows computer can share files. So you could install the program on the same computer that the database is stored on. However, it’s recommended to use a dedicated server and to not install the program on the server but only to place the database there.

A license is not required to place the database on the server. Licenses of the program are only used for installations of the program, HICSOAP PROFESSIONAL.

Setup from scratch

Changing existing system

If HICSOAP is already up and running on a workstation. Then do the following to move to a networked setup.

Things to keep in mind


Our program, HICSOAP PROFESSIONAL, rides on top of Windows networking. So if it's not possible using WINDOWS EXPLORER (not Internet Explorer) to access a shared folder on the server or another computer, then don't bother even trying to do it using HICSOAP. Establish reliable access to the shared folder (or network drive) before trying to use HICSOAP to access a database file stored in that folder.

Please verify that each installation is accessing the same database.