Start Modes

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The most recent version of MainBoss is MainBoss 4.2.4.
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MainBoss can start in a number of different modes. To start in a specific mode, go to your organizations list and use the drop-down arrow associated with the Start button. The following modes are available:

MainBoss: Full MainBoss mode with all available modules operational. Your license limits the maximum number of names that may be entered in the Users table.

MainBoss Assignments: Only displays the control panel entry for My Assignment Overview. This lets you see in-progress requests, open work orders, and issued purchase orders that have been assigned to you. Depending on your security roles, you may also be able to see unassigned requests, work orders, and purchased orders.

MainBoss Requests: Requests-only mode. The control panel will only display entries relevant to dealing with requests. You can always open MainBoss in this mode, provided you have a MainBoss Requests license key and you have been granted permissions to access the database with a Named user license.

Administration: Only allows access to the Administration part of the control panel. You can always start MainBoss in this mode, even if you currently have no valid license keys. In fact, when you create a blank organization, you must start MainBoss in this mode in order to enter your license keys. Once you've done so, you can quit and start MainBoss again in its normal mode.

Administration functions can only be used if you have the Administrator security role.

View Sessions: Only shows who else is using MainBoss.

You can specify a start mode in the Select MainBoss Organization window. You can set a default mode for any organization by clicking the edit button and editing the database's entry or by choosing a mode from the Start drop-down button.

As an example of the use of start-up modes, your help-desk personnel might set their starting mode so that they always access the database in requests-only mode unless they manually open it in some other mode.

If you sometimes want to open a database in full mode and sometimes in requests-only mode, you can give the same database multiple organization names. For example, suppose your database has the "DataBaseName" MyMainBoss. You could use Add Existing Organization to create two different lines in the organization list:

If you click Start on MyMainBoss-Full, MainBoss opens in full MainBoss mode. If you click Start on MyMainBoss-Requests, MainBoss opens in requests-only mode.

You can also use command line options to specify start mode and maintenance organization you wish to access. This makes it easy to create shortcuts and desktop icons that each open a different organization or open the same organization in different modes. For more on command line options, see the next section.

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