Launching the Flow Config tool

After you've installed Flow, the Flow Config tool may be launched from the shortcut with the Flow logo as its icon.


Flow Config is the application used to create and configure your Flow Information Platforms. Multiple Flow Config applications can be used on a single Flow Information Platform at the same time.

When you open the Flow Config tool, a splash screen appears while the application is launching.


Once the Config tool has performed its background tasks, you are presented with the "Connect" dialog.


When starting the Flow Config tool, you will be presented with the “Connect” dialog box, as follows:


The “Connect” dialog box serves two purposes:

  • Create a new Flow Information Platform system
  • Connect to an existing Flow Information Platform system

Create a new Flow System

To create a new system, select the (New) “shortcut” from the drop-down.


Enter a name and SQL connection details for the new Flow Database, then click “Create”. 

Note that if the “Username” and “Password” fields are left blank, Flow Config will use the Windows User Account currently logged on to attempt to connect to the SQL Server to create the new Flow Database. This Windows User Account must have SQL Server access rights to connect to and create a new database. If the “Username” and “Password” fields are entered, Flow Config will use them as SQL User Accounts.




Confirm the new system’s Time Zone and Culture settings, then click “Create” again. Flow will create a new Flow Database, import the standard Flow Modules and then connect to the new system.




Connect to an existing Flow System

To connect to and open an existing system, select the system from the “shortcut” dropdown and click “Connect”. If a “shortcut” does not exist, expand the “Options” section, enter a name and SQL Database connection details for the existing Flow Database, then click “Connect”.  If Flow connects to the existing Flow Database, it will also create a new "shortcut" for you.




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