Creating Practice and What if Directories

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15.6.1 Generating A What If or Practice Directory for pc/MRP             

What if or practice directories are easily generated by copying pc/MRP into a different location on a local computer or server. To do this simply copy the entire pcmrpw folder and paste the pcmrpw into an alternate location.

1.       find where pcmrp currently resides

2.       highlight the pcmrpw folder

3.       press CTRL-C to copy the pcmrpw folder

4.       find the local MY DOCUMENTS or a TEMP folder and double click on that folder

5.       Press CTRL-V to paste the pcmrpw folder into the alternate folder

Users can now start the practice or what if copy by double clicking the pcmrpw.exe found within the alternate folder.

Users must be certain to not confuse themselves with the REAL copy vs. the TEST copy. 

15.6.2 Generating A What If or Practice Directory for pc/MRP using a Batch File

What if directories and practice directories can also be generated by creating and using the batch file, "WHATIF.BAT", listed below.

         rem * whatif.bat 
         md\whatif 
         copy c:\pcmrpw\*.* c:\whatif /v

This batch file will make a new directory called whatif, copy your current pc/MRP files into the new directory.

Users could then create 2 icons:

1.        A " Load Whatif" Icon or shortcut to load the whatif copy of pc/MRP.  This shortcut would be to the whatif.bat

2.        A " Run Whatif" Icon or shortcut to run the new copy of pc/MRP.  This shortcut      would be to the whatif\pcmrpw.exe

Test copies allow users to do a number of things. For example, enter new sales or work orders for the coming month and then run a "Parts required to be ordered report", in the Purchasing Module.  This would allow users to find the total dollar value of the inventory that would need to purchase if those orders were implemented.