Setting up Modes to work at home
Posted on Mar 23, 2020
Many people have been in touch with us to ask about setting up Modes to work at home.
For many users, this will not be a problem. If you are using Modes Compact on a laptop, you can simply take it home. Likewise, if you have Modes Complete set up in ‘standalone’ mode.
Some Modes Complete users will routinely log on using Citrix or a Remote Desktop connection, which will enable them to carry on from wherever they might be working. This might be an option that your IT support can set up for you.
But if you have a standard Modes Complete network installation, it will work only when you are in the office and connected to the local network. We do not recommend trying to make a remote connection with the Modes Complete client using a VPN, as that will almost certainly be too slow.
The easiest solution is this case is to re-install Modes in ’standalone’ mode, which means it will work entirely independent of the network. You can download the software and instructions from our software downloads page. Select the option to Always work standalone.
You will then need to set up local copies of all your data files. The quickest way to do this is copy the modesdata folder from the network server and replace the modesdata folder on the standalone computer. This will replicate all your data files, grids, passwords and other settings and you will be able to carry on working immediately. If you have upgraded your server to version 1.4 in the last year this method will not work with the Modes Complete version 1.4 workstation and you will need to install the Modes Complete version 1.5 workstation.
If you cannot get access to the modesdata folder, or if you are using the Modes Complete 1.4 workstation, you will need to begin by creating a full backup of each data file you wish to copy from the network. Click here for our user guide about backing up which explains this further.
Then you will need to set up the local copy of each data file, and import the data from the backups. The user guide about setting up files from backup explains this process. A standalone copy set up in this way will not include usernames and passwords from the networked version, and you will need to set these up manually.
If you want to include all the images in your local copy of Modes, you will need to copy all the image files independently - they are not included in the backups. By default, images will be saved on your server at modesresources\multimedia\Pictures, but we know that users have many different arrangements for their image folders. Modes should be able to pick up images saved to modesresources\multimedia\Pictures on the standalone computer.
Please contact Modes Support for help or further advice about any of these methods.