Data files are password protected Access database files with a different file extension. If the administrator looks under My Documents, they will see several folders under the AMTS/product name/ path. Several are for internal use by AMTS products. The critical folders are:
The Current Farms folder contains the active data files. When a farm is opened, a copy of the data file is created and renamed with the current date and time. The original file is then moved to the farms backup folder.
The Farms Backup folder contains a folder for each farm. Within the Farm (client) folder, will be copies of all data files listed by date and time when created. These files are archives. The user can go into this folder at any time and open an archive. If disk space becomes an issue, these files can be safely deleted (be aware the user will lose historical data). Typical file size is less than 400 kb. Thus, 1 Gb of disk space can contain 2,621 files.
The Feed Libraries folder stores all active feed libraries.
When a new feed bank is sent to a user, they can simply copy and paste the new feed bank within this folder. Feed banks are Access database files. Some are password protected either by a password assigned by AMTSstaff or one self assigned by an AMTS product user. A self assigned password is encrypted.
The Feed Analysis Folder
Certain laboratories have implemented an AMTS standard based upon XML for sending feed analysis. Once the feed analysis is imported into an AMTS data file, there is no need to keep these files. This folder is designed as a ‘holding area’ for feed analysis when downloaded from either the web or an email message.