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Help and Tips
1. Moving Your GCFormer Account Records To A New Installation Of GCFormer
2. GCFormer Networked version: workstation-to-server connectivity problems
3. Windows 8 and 10, and servers that use UEFI to boot
GCFormer Networked version: workstation-to-server connectivity problems
GCFormer uses the RPC protocol to connect from your workstations
to your server.
RPC is an old and stable protocol, but it can get disrupted by
firewall changes, and overnight updates from Microsoft.
The firewalls (Windows' and Anti-virus') must allow RPC communication
to the GCFBinService executable (see below).
It may be necessary to use static IP addressing for your network,
and NOT to use the Domain Name System (DNS); especially if you have
a Peer-to-Peer network.
For Peer-to-Peer networks, and for access to the signature graphics files
on the "server", it may be necessary to define Windows Users on each
workstation with the same name and password as those that are set up
on the other workstations.
For Peer-to-Peer networks, you may also want to create a Windows
Homegroup amongst your workstations to faciliate communication.
GCFBinService uses the following RPC settings -
RPC_PROTOCOL = TCP/IP (aka "ncacn_ip_tcp")
RPC_PORT = 2051 (aka "endpoint")
and the executable is GCFBinService.exe, which must go through
your firewall (including your Windows and Anti-virus firewall).
For 32-bit servers, the GCFBinService executable is found at
For 64-bit servers, the GCFBinService executable is found at
C:\Program Files (x86)\GCFormer\Networked\GCFBinService.exe
If you get a RPC_S_SERVER_UNAVAILABLE error message, you can
get more help
Windows 8 and 10, and servers that use UEFI to boot
For machines that use UEFI to boot,
you will have to disable a feature named
"Secure Boot" in order to print checks with GCFormer.
You'll need to get into the BIOS setup screens that are
available when your workstation boots up.
If you google the manufacturer and model of your computer,
and the words "disable Secure Boot", you should find
instructions for disabling Secure Boot.
People who want to use LINUX and Windows 8 on the same
computer do this routinely nowadays.
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