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Installing the SAP Business One Client

Let's go over how to install the SAP Business One client. The client is the main interface for users to interact with SAP Business One. It is installed on the user's computer and comes in 64-bit and 32-bit versions. You'll have to make a decision on what version you need to install.

Choosing 32-Bit vs. 64-Bit Client

System Properties
System Properties

When choosing whether to install the 32-bit client vs. the 64-bit client you have to take a few things into consideration. The 64-bit SAP Business One client is much faster and should be your default choice if you can swing it. You'll have to find out if all add-ons your company uses supports the 64-bit client. This is the biggest consideration. If you're add-ons don't come in 64-bit versions than 32-bit is your choice. Secondly, you'll have to be running the client on a 64-bit operating system. Check this by right clicking on My Computer on your desktop or start menu and selecting properties from the menu. Under "system type" it will say "64-bit Operating System".

You can connect using the 64-bit client with a 32-bit SAP Business One server so that is not an issue.

Installing the SAP Business One Client

First find the folder that contains the installation program called "Setup.exe". Any SAP Business One server installation will have this file in a special directory that holds a number of SAP B1 utilities and programs. We typically make this available on a network share so we can access the programs from anywhere on our network.

Copy the client folder to the user's Windows desktop which is around 350MB. If you install the client directly from a network share you can run into some hard to diagnose problems. Open the folder and double click the installation setup program.

SAP Server Settings
SAP Server Settings

When the program starts click next and type in your user's name and company - this step is required. Select next two more times (unless you need to change the installation directory) and watch it do it's thing.

Eventually during the DI installation it will ask you for the name or IP address and port of your SAP Business One license server which you will need to type in. If you are installing from a network share, this step will be skipped because it won't show up.

That's all there is to it! Load up your client for the first time and it should be ready to login. After signing in it will install any add-ons your company has installed from the server. The add-on installation programs are usually very simple so just next through them and you're set with the SAP Business One client.

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