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

  1. Mapped Drive - The database file should be stored in a folder (or subfolder thereof) that is shared and therefore accessible via the network. Map a network drive from each workstation to this shared folder or just use the UNC path name. This is how the program will access the database.

  2. Install the first copy of HICSOAP on a workstation normally. When you start it the first time you will be prompted where to create the database (see screenshot below). Select Create a new database(A) and check the box Select database directory and filename(E). After clicking OK, you should click to save the new, blank database in the mapped drive from step 1.

  3. Install the program on the other workstations. When starting the program for the first time you will be prompted for database initialization. Select Connect to an existing database(D), click OK, and select the database in the mapped drive.