Tools - Server Console

The Server Console dialog appears in Manifold System Enterprise Edition. It is used to fetch components from Enterprise servers. Given the name of an Enterprise server data source the Server Console displays all of the components available in that server within a tree diagram. Components may be organized within folders to provide better organization for Enterprise servers that contain many components. Click on a component to highlight it and to enable the toolbar.



Choose the name of an ODBC data source to connect to an Enterprise server or specify the connection string. The Server box will show the last used name or connection string. Any PASSWORD and PWD parameters used in a connection string will be masked in the last used name or connection string to protect security.


Refresh - Update the components pane. After choosing a new server one must press the Refresh button.


New Folder - Create a new folder in the tree diagram at the current level. Folders may be nested with folders. To move a component into a folder, drag and drop it into that folder.


Import Component - Fetches a copy of the component into the project as a local component.


Link Component - Links (gets) a component from the Enterprise server into the project as a read-only component. The component remains stored in the Enterprise server.


Delete - Deletes a component from the Enterprise server.


Undo Check Out - Enabled when a component is highlighted that is checked out by the same user in a different project. Such components are shown with a red link icon. Undo Check Out will force such components to be shown as checked in on the Enterprise server. The next time the project in which they are checked out is opened or refreshed the system will automatically perform an Undo Check Out on the components.

(Tree diagram)

Displays all components available within this Enterprise server. Components already linked within the project will show a dark gray link icon next to the component icon. Components that are checked out in another project belonging to the current user will be shown in a red link icon.

(Status bar)

The status bar region at the bottom of the dialog will report the status of any highlighted component. Components already linked within the current project will be reported as Linked. Components within the Enterprise server but not in use in the current project will be reported as Remote. Components that are checked out in another project belonging to the current user will be reported as Checked out in another project.


Simplified Syntax for SQL Server Connections


Enterprise dialogs allow a simplified connection string syntax for SQL Server databases as an option to full ODBC syntax. "\\systemname" will connect to the default database on a given system. "\\systemname:database" connects to the specified database on the given system. The connection established with a simplified connection string that uses Windows integrated security (suitable for users working in Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000). Using simplified connection strings is a fast way to connect to SQL Server or to the SQL Server Database Engine using default options without dealing with the ODBC dialogs.


For example, if we have installed SQL Server on a system called PROJECTS and we have created a database called hydrography to use as our Enterprise server database, we could connect in the Server Console by entering \\projects:hydrography into the Server box of the Server Console and then pressing the Refresh button.


Tech Tip: The Server Console is resizable, so we can increase the size of the dialog if we have many components to display.


See Also


Enterprise Edition