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  • Question

  • Hi,


    This is a general question that I hope I can get the answer to.

    If this is not the correct Forum please advise.


    My client uses a bespoke C# based web application, standalone
    bespoke C# based windows applications, bespoke C# based
    webservices, .NET 2.0, MS SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Office
    2003 (specifically Word and Outlook) and windows XP.


    The applications allow the downloading of MS Word documents and
    the dynamic populating of these documents on the client machine
    with data from the SQL database using the standalone bespoke
    windows applications and .NET Programmability


    These MS Word documents once complete are then uploaded back up
    to the server using the same applications/software.

    The cleints/users are only connected via the internet
    (ie: They are not on a company network/intranet)


    My client wishes to have a fail save for these users in case their
    computer fails.


    The hope was to install .NET, Office and the bespoke standalone
    windows application on to separate USB keys. These keys could if
    required be removed and plugged into any machine running windows
    and allow the user to seemlessly continue working if their
    computer had failed.


    Unfortunately, though there is some suggestion that a version of XP
    could be loaded on a USB key I cannot find anywhere that .NET,
    Office or the standalone application could also be installed on a
    similar Key.


    My client cannot afford the cost of the licence for SharePoint Server.


    Can anyone suggest how I can achieve my requirement at minimal cost.


    Thanks in advance for your help.


    Regards Andrew Mercer


    Thursday, March 27, 2008 3:16 PM


All replies

  • I don't know about Outlook but all other Office application files can be uploaded into application using Response.TransmitFile and adjusting the file upload maxlength property.  If your client is not strict about how the files are updated it is almost easy.  If your client want live update with complex formating then you may need Microsoft licensed Office writer component software.  Try the thread below for details.



    Thursday, March 27, 2008 4:51 PM
  • Hi,


    Thank-you for your reply.


    However it is not the download and upload that is the real issue.


    Instead the real issue is:


    1. Is there any way of installing the standalone windows application I have created using VS2005, .NET and C# onto a USB Key.


    2. If (1) is possible is there any way of installing .NET on the same USB Key


    3. My client wants to get rid of the locally installed bespoke windows application but still be able to

    download an MS Word document to their remote desk top and automatically upload it back to the

    server when required. The local application also downloads data from a central data base and adds this

    to the downloaded Word document at various book marks inserted in the document.


    I know Share Point server/services allows the editing of Office documents centrally - but there is a large

    licence cost.


    The only other way I can think of is by using ActiveX/Java Applets. These would allow the not only the downloading

    and uploading of the document but also enable local signed code to manipulate the MS Word document and

    populate it with the data from the database.


    Thanks for any further assistance





    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 2:06 PM
  • I talked to you in September last year about running .NET in USB and the answer is still no however now there are some smart client applications that run some parts in USB.  You also have the option to email the files as attachements.  Here are two .NET USB code see if it helps.  Another option you don't know is any web based document management component can let your users open Word files DotnetNuke comes with advanced for pay document management system, the clubstarter kit also comes with one that is free and if your client is running Win2003 Windows Sharepoint services is also free.




    Tuesday, April 1, 2008 5:33 PM
  • Hi,


    Thanks for your reply.


    I had remembered your answer in September. I was hoping that things may have moved on - which they seem to have a bit. Otherwise I was querying what alternatives I have.


    Thanks again for your response I will see whether your suggestions help.


    Regards Andrew

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008 12:02 PM