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XactTime Hardware Client

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Summary

Hardware Client Section

The Hardware Client is used to communicate between Hardware terminals and the
XactTime database.
1. Downloading Hardware Client.
a. Select which computer to use to communicate between the terminals and the
XactTime database. Log into XactTime and browse to the Configurations, Hardware
Section. Click on the “Download client polling utility link and download the
HardwareClient install program (HCSetup.exe). Select “Save” and save to the
computer (note download directory).

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2. Installing the HardwareClient.
a. Execute the previously downloaded install file (HCSetup.exe). Run through the install
wizard (Default directory is C:\Progam Files\HardwareClient and can be changed).
b. Go to the Start Menu Button, Programs, Hardware Client, Hardware Client and
select. The HardwareClient will open and prompt for the Server URL, Enter in the
URL used to login to XactTime, minus the HTTPS:// from the front of the URL and
“/login.asp” from the end of the URL. Example: if you use
https://xacttime.taserver.com/site/Login.asp” to login into XactTime, use
“xacttime.taserver.com/site/”. Company Alias, use assigned alias. Admin
Password, Enter in the XactTime Administrator password. Click OK.
c. There maybe a prompt that there is a new version of this software. Click Yes to
update to the latest version, follow the install wizard.
d. The HardwareClient will appear.
3. Using the HardwareClient.

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a. Once the HardwareClient is open, a list of terminals will appear. These are the
terminals that are setup in the Hardware section of XactTime. The Hardware Client
can poll a single terminal or be setup to poll multiple terminals. The action menu is
used for manual communication to a selected terminal.
Options include:
i. Poll Terminal and Send ALL Punch files to server. This will poll selected terminal
and send all Punches files to the server (there maybe punch files on the
computer that are waiting to be imported). Note: This option can be accessed
by Right clicking on a selected terminal.
ii. Program Terminal using Setup File from Server. This is the recommended
method to program each terminal manually. Note: This option can be accessed
by Right clicking on a selected terminal.
iii. Poll Terminal to Punch file. This option will poll terminal and store punch file on
the computer.
iv. Send Punch File(s) to Server. This option is used to send stored Punch files to
the server, one or more files can be selected using the CTRL key.
v. Program Terminal using Local Setup file. This option is used for Troubleshooting.
vi. Get Terminal Setup File from Server. This option is used to retrieve current Setup
file from XactTime server.
vii. Retrieve hand templates and Send ALL Punch Files to Server. Available only on
HandPunch terminals, this option is used to retrieve stored hand templates from
the terminal.

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b. Setup Auto Poll.
i. Auto Poll can poll a single terminal or can be used to auto poll multiple terminals.
The Hardware Client uses setup parameters retrieved from the XactTime server
to setup the timed intervals for Auto Poll. To initialize Auto Poll, place a check
mark next to the terminal(s) to be Auto Polled, check “Start the Polling
Application when this window is closed” (required to Auto Poll terminals), check
“Run as a service” (requires Windows 2000 or higher) and close. The Hardware
Client will now set the polling to run as a service (VMVPolling) and will auto
restart in the case of the computer being restarted.
ii. Any changes made to the settings in XactTime will not become effective unless
the HardwareClient is opened and closed on the polling computer. This process
will retrieve the updated settings from the XactTime server.

Article

KB0049 Published 28th Oct 2013

Keywords: Hardware Client


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