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Adding additional units to MLS


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A single installation of MLS can support multiple units. The first unit is installed when MLS is installed. After that, any MLS administrator can add additional units by using System Options. Once a second unit has been added to MLS, the login screen will have a dropdown so that users can select the correct unit before logging in.

Reasons for adding an additional unit to MLS

  1. A brand new unit has not received their computer.
  2. An existing unit's computer is not working and needs a new computer in the interim.
  3. Two or more units are sharing one computer.
  4. Adding a test unit.
  5. Adding a finance-only unit.

Instructions for adding an additional unit

Units with a new unit number

  • These are brand new units who have never created any data in MLS.
  • It is best to wait a couple of days after Church Headquarters receives the new unit paperwork before this process is started.

An administrator in the existing unit of MLS should:

  1. Log in to MLS
  2. Go to System Options
  3. Click on the Unit tab (this tab will not appear if you are not an admin in MLS).
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen. There will be a section called Other units using MLS on this computer. This section will show all the units that have been added to MLS.
  5. Click on Add Unit.
  6. A New Unit Information screen will show. In this screen:
    • Enter the new unit information
      • Select Finance Only if this is a finance-only unit, e.g., Family History Center, Recreational Property.
      • To set up a test unit, enter 108 for the ward and 2224445 for the stake. The name of the unit(s) can be whatever you choose.
    • Create an admin user name and password for the new unit.
    • Verify the Dialer Options information. This information will automatically populate from the existing unit's MLS information. Please contact your Administrative office if you need the dialer information.
  7. Click on OK. The new unit number should show in the Other units using MLS on this computer section.
  8. Log out of MLS.
  9. Select the new unit number from the Unit dropdown menu on the login page of MLS.
  10. Type in the admin user name and password created in step 6.
  11. MLS will show a welcome screen. Click on the Send/Receive Changes link and connect with your Administrative office.

The Send/Receive Changes will download:

  • Any membership records that are in the unit.
    • Membership records can be sent to the unit by having the existing units who have the record(s) go to Boundary Realignment. The Boundary Realignment function saves the address in the membership record.

Units with an existing unit number

  • These are units that have used MLS on a different computer.
  • A current backup from this unit is needed.
  • Contact your Administrative office if you do not have a current backup.

An administrator in the existing unit of MLS should:

  1. Log in to MLS
  2. Go to System Options
  3. Click on the Unit tab (this tab will not appear if you are not an admin in MLS).
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen. There will be a section called Other units using MLS on this computer. This section will show all the units that have been added to MLS.
  5. Click on Add Unit.
  6. A New Unit Information screen will show. In this screen:
    • Enter the new unit information
      • Select Finance Only if this is a finance only unit, e.g., Family History Center, Recreational Property.
    • Create an admin user name and password for the new unit.
    • Verify the Dialer Options information. This information will automatically populate from the existing unit's MLS information. Please contact your Administrative office if you need the dialer information.
  7. Click on OK. The new unit number should show in the Other units using MLS on this computer section.
  8. Log out of MLS.
  9. Select the new unit number from the Unit dropdown menu on the login page of MLS.
  10. Type in the admin user name and password created in step 6.
  11. MLS will show a welcome screen. Click on the Restore from a File link.
  12. An Open pop-up will appear. Point to the backup and open the file.
  13. The file will load and a pop-up will show that any data after the date of the backup will be erased. Click OK if you want to continue.
  14. MLS will log you out. Now either unit can log in by using the dropdown menu.
This page was last modified on 22 April 2011, at 07:19.

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