Ear Works 4 is a client-server application so it has two components:

1. the Server stores the manages the data for the entire company and needs to be installed on one machine only. In a multi-office architecture, all the information for all the offices will be stored in the same database managed by the Server.

The Server is a SQL Server 2008 DB Engine (by default the Express edition).

2. the Client is the interface between the Data and the User and needs to be installed on each computer in your clinic.

It is the application that the user interacts with, providing and requesting information in various formats. In layman's terms, the Client is the only thing you see and use while the Server is the back-end data manager.

The Client Application is based on the Microsoft Access 2007 rapid development environment. The Microsoft Access 2007 Runtime is installed automatically so no extra licenses are needed.

Only one computer in the network runs the Ear Works 4 Server Components and each workstation runs the Ear Works 4 Client Application. You can install the Client Application on the machine running the Server Components.

Please note, Ear Works 4 can not be installed on Microsoft Windows 2000 or earlier. See the next sections for detailed system requirements for the server and client applications.

Regarding the infrastructure, for best results we strongly recommend a Gigabit LAN (local area network) . This is not mandatory but it drastically improves the data communication speed on your network and all network applications will benefit from it, including Ear Works and NOAH. 

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