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Can we install VSP on a server and then access the program from multiple clients? Can we use terminal shifts (e.g. Remote Desktop or VNC)?

We highly recommend against installing VSP on a server and then accessing the program from different clients, or using terminal shifts (e.g. Remote Desktop or VNC). Instead, VSP has a Data Sharing feature that can be used to access the program from multiple locations. There are several problems with installing VSP on a server and then accessing the program from multiple clients.

First, accessing your database over a network can easily lead to data loss. When multiple computers access the database over a network, or through terminal shifts, there is no way for VSP to prevent two people from accessing the database at any given time. In the case that two people access the database at the same time, when one person saves the database their changes will overwrite the changes made by the other user.

Second, in order to use the Web Terminal, you need to be using the built in Data Sharing feature inside VSP. However, using the Data Sharing feature will lead to data loss if VSP is installed on a server and then accessed from multiple client computers, or through terminal shifts, at the same time.

Third, using VSP through terminal shifts can make the program sluggish and unresponsive. There have also been issues of display problems reported in the past. We do NOT support accessing VSP through terminal shifts.

Fourth, the VSP subscription agreement requires that you use VSP only on the number of computers that is allowed by your subscription. Installing VSP on a server and then accessing the program from multiple clients, or using VSP through terminal shifts, will violate the subscription agreement if the program is used from more computers than is allowed by your subscription.