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SIL FieldWorks SE
Technical Support

Current version: 6.0, released October 2009

Service Bulletins

Version 3.0

Version 2.0

Version 1.4

Related Bulletin(s)

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Service Bulletin FW20-20040907

Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed on source computer

Error when accessing FieldWorks projects across a network

Problem: You are unable to open a FieldWorks file on a networked computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 2. After some delay, you eventually get the error message: …\SILFW has no projects.

Explanation: Windows XP Service Pack 2 automatically enables Microsoft Firewall. The firewall blocks other machines from seeing or accessing the databases used by FieldWorks.

Solution: Someone with administrative privileges on the networked machine (the machine with the files you are trying to open) must allow access to SQL Server so that others can access the FieldWorks projects. To enable remote access to FieldWorks projects on a networked computer:

Option 1: From the Control Panel

  1. Open Windows Firewall.
  2. Select the Exceptions Tab.
  3. Click Add Program.
  4. Click Browse.
  5. Navigate to and select sqlservr.exe
    Tip: The default is c:\Program Files\FieldWorks\MSSQL$SILFW\Binn\sqlservr.exe.
  6. Click OK twice.

Option 2: From the Run window or a DOS box:

  1. Execute the following command (on one line):
    netsh firewall set allowedprogram "c:\Program Files\FieldWorks\MSSQL$SILFW\Binn\sqlservr.exe" name="SQL Server" ENABLE ALL
    Note: If FieldWorks is installed somewhere other than the default, "c:\Program Files\FieldWorks", make sure you use that path in the above command.

Tip: If you might want others to access FieldWorks Projects on your computer and have installed XP Service Pack 2, enable access by following the above steps upon your computer.

Versions affected

This Service Bulletin applies to all versions of FieldWorks.

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Technical support information and contacts

SIL FieldWorks is available under the SIL Open Source License. The use of this software is granted at no cost, so free technical support is not available from SIL International. Service Bulletins are posted for known problem fixes and patches.