Full Networking and The Honor Level System
©Copyright 2008, Budd Churchward
Full Networking allows you to share your Honor Level System data with users at other computers just as Simple Networking does, and also do much more. Unlike the simpler version, you can give users different levels of access and allow them to change items in the HLS data base.
You software license allows you to install the program on as many computers as you need within your school building.
Before you Activate Full Networking, you need to configure your computer for Simple Networking. Do this first, even if only for a few minutes. Sharing Set Up will guide you through this process.
The status of Simple Networking users is limited to only Publisher and Subscriber. With Full Networking the first is the highest level and the latter is the lowest. We include additional levels between the two. Here users must log on with a password to use The Honor Level System.
Full Networking User Levels
- The publisher's computer does all the work of maintaining your HLS data base for all the other users. Changes that others make are posted as requests that the publisher's software watches for and processes. There can be only one publisher logged on at a time. If a second person with this privilege level logs on, he or she will be downgraded to Editor.
- An Editor has almost all the same privileges as the publisher. Tasks that are restricted to the current publisher are shown by the grayed buttons on the home screen as shown below. This level is ideal for principals and vice principals.
More than one person (including the publisher) may enter infractions at the same time. The editor will export his or her entries when finished. The publisher is notified when there are infractions ready from editors and can import them where they will appear on her screen as if she had entered them herself.
- A Contributor has more restrictions on the kinds of changes he or she can make to the data as can be seen by the grayed buttons below. There are more restrictions in the Utilities section. This level is ideal for counselors.
- The lowest level is subscriber. These users have pretty much view only access to the data. There is a difference, though, between subscribers in Simple Networking and subscribers in Full Networking. With Full Networking, the subscriber can make a Parent Contact entry. This level might be used by social workers, nurses, or itinerant personnel.
Assigning User Levels
When you upgrade your software to Full Networking, you will have access to a second program which is your Network Administration Utility. You can add new users, edit user levels and clear passwords so they can be re-entered.
Launching this program requires an access key. Contact us at 360-483-4885 for assistance with your key.
Trouble with Networking?
If you have attempted to set up Simple Networking and find that your program now won't even launch, have someone who knows your computer find the following file: c:/hls/hls09/sharing.txt and delete it.
The hls09 refers to the 2009-2010 school year. The number will change each year so you would look for hls10 for the 2010-2011 school year.
HLS uses the file sharing.txt to know that you are networking. It is a text document that points to the folder where you pass data between users. If you have an incorrect path in this file, your program may be unable to launch. Your technician may feel comfortable opening this file and editing the path manually. Of course you can use the Sharing Set Up instructions to recreate the file.