Accessing Cardbox without Windows

Suppose you have a Cardbox Server which contains your databases. When you are away from the office, you usually connect to your Cardbox Server by running Cardbox on your laptop.

But now you have an iPad – or you switch to Mac OS – so what do you do?

You can still use Cardbox. You do it as follows:

  1. You have a Windows computer in the cloud, running Cardbox and Remote Desktop.
  2. On your iPad or Mac, you connect to that computer, and you see the normal Windows desktop with Cardbox running on it.

How much it costs

Cardbox: costs nothing.

The cloud computer: if you use Amazon, it costs $29 per month if you run it continuously. If you leave it shut down most of the time and only start it up when you know you are going to need it, it costs $3 per month plus $0.035 (3.5 cents) for each hour that you are running it. There will be an additional cost for data transmission, but we expect it to be very small.

(It is possible to halve the monthly cost to $14 by committing to a whole year in advance, and there are more flexible commitments with slightly smaller savings)

The connecting software: costs nothing.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Signing up to Amazon Web Services.
  2. Creating your computer in the cloud.
  3. Starting the computer for the first time.
  4. Connecting to the computer from the iPad and from the Mac.
  5. Setting up passwords.
  6. Using Cardbox.
  7. Shutting the computer down and starting it up.

2 Responses to “Accessing Cardbox without Windows”

  1. Bert Says:

    Only single user access of a database? No Cardbox server, so, no simultaneous users?

    • cardbox Says:

      The aim of this blog series is to give people access to an existing Cardbox Server (which presumably they are already connecting to from their Windows laptops). It is possible to create new databases and store them in “My Computer” (single-user as you say), but it is not the purpose of these articles.

      There is no reason at all not to set up a Cardbox Server in exactly the same way, either on the same computer or on a different one. Why don’t you try it and see how it goes? Of course, you’d want to pay a little more attention to backup in that case: taking occasional snapshots, and setting up automatic backups to Amazon S3.

      The t1.micro class of machine comes with 30GB of disk space, but it is possible to add more. Questions of CPU utilisation, disk speed and so on are best answered by experiment – at half a dollar a day, not very expensive!

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