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The following steps show how to transition from a local- or server-based installation of our software to a Cloud setup, where your Land F/X data is hosted online (aka "on the cloud").
Do you have questions about the security of a cloud setup? See our Cloud Data security protocols.
Step 1: Update to the latest version
Use our Update tool to verify that you are on the latest version of Land F/X. If not, update to the latest version.
Step 2: Back up your Land F/X data locally
Open our Projects tool using one of the following methods:
F/X Admin ribbon, Project List button
F/X Admin pull-down menu
Admin Data toolbar
F/X Admin toolbar
or by typing FX_ProjectFiles in the Command line
In the Land F/X Projects dialog box, click Backup.
The Backup Project dialog box will open.
Check the box to Backup all projects. Then click OK.
All your projects and Preference Sets will be backed up.
Step 3: Switch to Cloud Data
Important note: We do not recommend mixing cloud and local data setups for the same office. Instead, choose one or the other.
To switch to Cloud, type ENTERPRISE in the Command line, and press Enter. The Enter your Support Codes dialog box will open.
1. Enter your Local office Support ID.
2. Enter your Company-wide Cloud License Code.
Don't know your Company-wide Cloud License Code? In most cases, it will be identical to your Local office Support ID.
3. Check the option to Use cloud data.
4. Click OK.
Your installation will now be switched to Cloud Data.
Keep in mind:
If you or your office has two or more Single-User installations, you will need to complete this step from each Land F/X workstation in your office, as well as any laptop or home computer where you plan to use Land F/X.
If you have a multi-user installation, where several workstations are accessing our software from a central office server or shared online folder, you only need to complete this step on one of the workstations
Step 4: Submit a tech support ticket
This step will verify that your configuration is correct and that our system recognizes your machine on our cloud system.
Please include the following text in your support ticket where indicated:
- Ticket Subject: Cloud Data Verification.
- Description: Please verify that my computer is using Cloud Data correctly.
Don't remember how to submit a ticket? Here's how >
Step 5: Restore your Land F/X data
Choose an employee to restore Land F/X projects and Preference Sets, retiring older projects that aren't being accessed anymore.
To restore projects, templates, and Preference Sets, open the Land F/X Projects dialog box as described in Step 1 above.
In the Land F/X Projects dialog box, click Restore.
The Restore Project dialog box will open.
Depending on where you've backed up your projects and Preference Sets, click either Download or Import.
Clicking Import will open the Select LFX File to Import dialog box.
In most cases, your projects and Preferences Sets will be backed up to the folder LandFX\data\backup on your computer or server.
To restore a project or Preference Set, navigate to it, click it, and click Open.
If you've selected a project, you'll see the existing project name and be prompted to keep or change that name. If you decide to keep the same name, you'll be asked if you wish to overwrite the existing project on the list with that same name.
If you wish to keep or change the name, you can do so now and click OK.
Restored projects will be available in the Land F/X Projects dialog box. Restored Preference Sets will be available from the Preference Set menu at the bottom of any of our six Preferences screens.
Our Restore feature requires you to restore projects and Preference Sets one at a time.
Step 6: Disable your MySQL server
If you are using a "single-user" installation – i.e., a Land F/X installation that does NOT use a server – you'll need to disable your local MySQL service to avoid any potential conflicts with your old installation of our software.
Step 7 (optional but recommended): Use LandFX with a shared online location
Does your office already have a shared LandFX folder on an online folder sharing system such as Dropbox, SugarSync, or Carbonite? If not, we highly recommend it. Follow our instructions to use Land F/X with a shared online folder.
Do you already have your LandFX folder stored on one of these shared folder systems? Make sure it's mapped to a letter drive.