Deploying to LAN - Desktop and Web Clients

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A Guide to Sharing Lianja Apps and Data between Desktop clients and Web/Mobile clients on a LAN.

Server Setup

Server Setup: Directory

  • Install the Lianja Cloud Server on the chosen server on your LAN.

- Here it is installed on the E: drive of an XP Virtual Machine.

Note: if you only have Desktop Clients, install the Lianja App Center - the Lianja Cloud Server is not required. Desktop Clients using ODBC access to Lianja databases (e.g. Virtual tables or SQLCONNECT()) will require the Lianja SQL Server.

  • Create a share point on your server to the relevant tenancy directory. The default tenancy for users is 'public'. This corresponds to the \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\ directory.

- Here E:\lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public is shared as public.

Deploying to the Server

Note: For Lianja Web/Mobile Client Apps, open the App in the appropriate App View in the Lianja App Builder and click the Deploy button to generate the HTML5 index file for each of your target devices before deploying to the Server. For more information see here.

Deploying from App Builder: Directory

  • In the Deploy workspace create a new deployment settings profile by clicking New and specifying a name.

- Here it is MyLAN_settings2

  • Change the Directory to point to \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\ on the Server.

- Here P: has been mapped to public on the Server, so Directory is P:\

Deployed to Server

  • Check the Server to see your deployed files.

- Remember to deploy your database and any additional Library script files as well as your Apps.

File Locations

Files Deployed Location
Desktop Apps \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\apps
Desktop Library \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\library
Desktop Data \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\data
Web/Mobile Apps \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\wwwroot\apps
Web/Mobile Library \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\wwwroot\library
Web/Mobile Data \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\data

Notice that data is shared between Desktop and Web/Mobile clients.

Desktop Client

To run your deployed Apps from the Desktop Client:

App Center Desktop Client: Installation

  • Install the App Center on the Client.

- The Shared files directory installation drive should be the same drive as the Installation Directory.

- Here the App Center has been installed on C:.

App Center Desktop Client: Installation

  • If you specify a different drive, the installer will install the runtime directory structure for the data, Apps etc. on that drive.

- Here the App Center program files have been installed on C: and the runtime directories on E:.

App Center Desktop Client: --tenancy

  • Map a drive on the client to the share point.

- Here P: has been mapped to public (the E:\lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\ directory) on the Server.

  • Then, specify the --tenancy <drive> switch on the App Center shortcut command to point to the \lianja\cloudserver\tenants\public\ directory share point on the Server.

(Or set up the environment variable LIANJA_TENANCY - see next screenshot below).

- Here the command becomes: C:\lianja\bin\lianjaruntime.exe --tenancy P:

App Center Desktop Client: LIANJA_TENANCY

  • As an alternative to using the --tenancy switch above, the environment variable LIANJA_TENANCY can be set to the mapped drive.

- Here LIANJA_TENANCY has been set to P: and no command switches are required.

Web Client

Web Client

  • To run Web or Mobile Apps, just point your browser at the IP address of the server.

- If you are using the IIS extension or have port 80 enabled:


- If you are running without port 80 enabled.


See Also

Command Line Switches, Deploying to Local Directory, Lianja Server Manager on Windows, License Management on Windows