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Start Enterprise Timetabler and load timetable data

To work with a timetable and its associated data, you must start Enterprise Timetabler and load a timetable.

To start Enterprise Timetabler and load a timetable, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Scientia Portal. If prompted, enter your user name and password.
  2. If you have access to multiple timetables, select the appropriate tab in the Scientia Portal. For example, you might have access to the current live timetable, and the draft timetable for next year.
  3. Click Enterprise Timetabler.
  4. If you have not started Enterprise Timetabler before, or the application has been updated, the Application Install window appears. Click Install. Enterprise Timetabler is downloaded then installed.
  5. If no other Enterprise Foundation applications are open, you must choose a data option to start Enterprise Timetabler. A window appears; in the I would like to area, select one of the following options. The same option is selected when you next start Enterprise Timetabler.

    Tip: After a short wait, Enterprise Timetabler uses the currently selected option. To halt the countdown, click the pause button.

    Option

    Description

    Use locally saved data, if available.

    If other users have written back a small number of changes to the SDB since you last used Enterprise Timetabler, use this option. The Refresh function automatically runs when Enterprise Timetabler starts; those changes are downloaded from the SDB. If other users have written back many changes, the quicker way to acquire an up-to-date image is to use the Reload data from the server option (see below).

    This option is available if an image that corresponds to the timetable you want to use is present on your workstation hard drive. If so, the image is loaded into memory. For more information about when Enterprise Timetabler interacts with the image, see Interaction between the application, images, the database, and the SDB.

    Use locally saved data, but rebuild the database.

    Use this option when you suspect that the data in the image and its associated database is not synchronised. For more information about when synchronisation occurs, see "When you perform an action that changes data" in Interaction between the application, images, the database, and the SDB.

    This option uses the data in the image on your workstation's hard drive to rebuild the image's associated database.

    Reload data from the server.

    This option downloads the hot image from the server. The diagram in Interaction between the application, images, the database, and the SDB includes this action. Then, a database is built from the data that the hot image contains. The hot image includes recent changes written to the SDB by other users.

    If other users have written back many changes, this option is the quickest way to acquire an up-to-date image. However, if your recent changes have not been written back to the SDB yet, and you use the Reload data from the server option, your changes will no longer be present when Enterprise Timetabler starts.

    Depending on how often the hot image is rebuilt, it will contain most of the recent changes, and possibly all of them. The Refresh function automatically runs when Enterprise Timetabler starts; any changes sent to the SDB after the hot image was created are downloaded from the SDB.

  6. Optional: If SQL Server or SQL Server Express is installed on your workstation, Enterprise Foundation applications can use it to manage their local database.
  7. Click OK. Enterprise Timetabler starts.

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