Setting Up an Emergency Server

  1. Download the OPClientExpress install and run it on the machine (this is the easiest way to set up an emergency workstation). Run through the install wizard but be sure to check the box to designate this machine as the Emergency Workstation. This automatically creates many of the files described below. In addition, Firebird will be installed on this machine.
  2. Run through each step of the wizard carefully, entering the IP Address and drive letter for the location of the live database on your server. You can look at Help > About in a connected machine to get the information listed by Path to Medical.gdb.
  3. For the Firebird installation, make sure to select Super Server, run as service, and deselect to install the control panel applet if this is a Vista machine.

Note: Most of these selections are populated except for excluding the applet.

  1. As disk space is extremely important for proper set up, make sure that the op911, BAKMED and BAKDOC folders are on a drive with enough space to accommodate the number of scheduled backup and restore jobs set through the OP Backup. For example, all items below could be pointing to the D: or E: drive.
  2. The op911 folder should contain two subfolders, one gdb_common and one gdbmed. Copy the gdb_common folder from the server to the op911 folder.
  3. Create another sub-folder of op911 called gdbmed. For example, c:\op911\gdbmed. A restored copy of both the docimage and the medical databases must be in the op911\gdbmed folder. These files should be set up through the OP back up scheduler, under the Restore tab, to make an offline copy of the database. The files will be medical.gdb and docimage.gdb. The opsetup911.ini will be set to point directly to these files on the local machine.
  4. In the c:\op folder, create a file called op911a.txt.
  5. In the c:\op911\gdb_common folder, create a file called op911b.txt. You must have all of the subfolders of the main gdb_common folder, as well as the op_lic.ini and the op911b.txt file in the op911\gdb_common folder in order for the offline emergency server to run properly.
  6. In the C:\OP folder, locate the opsetup911.ini file. Make sure that the NetPath and the NetBEUIPath is set to C:\op911\gdb_common. For the medical database, enter *NetPathMed=localhost:c:\op911\gdbmed* and *NetPathImg=localhost:c:\op911\gdbmed*. (Local host is also setup as This can be set up through the emergency server connection wizard.
  7. Using OPBackUp Software, either modify an existing job or create a new job which backs up the medical.gdb database and the docimage.gdb from the server onto this workstation. See Backing up Office Practicum for details.
  8. Test the emergency server by following these steps:
  1. Open Office Practicum.
  2. Click No when a pop-up window asks whether to connect to the emergency server instead of the network.
  3. You should see a red window and the word OFFLINE displayed in the bottom toolbar.
  4. Go to Help > About to make sure you are pointing at the local machine
  5. The first time you connect to the machine as the emergency workstation you may have to run the connection wizard, which will require pointing to the gdb_common and gdbmed files, located in the op911 folder on the emergency workstation.


  • op911 folder must have gdb_common and gbdmed subfolders.
  • op911 > gdb_common must have the op911b.txt file and a copy of the lic.ini file from the gbdcommon folder on the server (if you copy the entire gdb_common folder you won't have to worry about missing sub-folders which will trigger the connection wizard each time).
  • op911 > gdbmed must have a restored copy of the medical and docimage.gdb files (set up through the FBak program).
  • OP folder must contain the counter op911a.txt file and the opsetup911.ini file.
  • When running from the emergency server, the background of OP should turn RED. If this does not happen,
  • Go to Help > About within the OP emergency server version
  • Check that the path to the medical and docimage databases are pointing locally.
  • It should say\gdbmed\medical.gdb and\gdbmed\docimage.gdb. If this is not the case, then you will have to manipulate the opsetup911.ini file or go through the emergency set up wizard. Please contact OP for more information, because this should be done with the assistance of OP tech support staff.