In the network version of ShopClock each client uses two databases: a local database which stores settings unique to each client, and a network database which stores the actual time card data. Neither data nor settings are stored anywhere else.
ShopClock uses Microsoft SQL Server Compact as its local database. This is installed as a prerequisite, and is the only database that is used when ShopClock is configured in “Single Computer” mode.
When configured in its “Net Work” mode, ShopClock also uses a named instance of Microsoft SQL Server Express, which is usually located somewhere on the same Local Area Network. ShopClock can also connect its network server from a remote location via a VPN connection.
Almost all of the IT issues involve not being able to access one or the other of these databases.