I am currently working on a project involving two different Raiser’s Edge databases. One of the problems that I thought that I would have was having to first open one instance of Raiser’s Edge only to find that I needed a piece of information from the other one. I would have to exit and sign out of the one and then log in to the other one. This to-ing and fro-ing, I thought, would drive me crazy.
I had thought about using a virtual environment for one of them. I do use virtual environments for testing different versions of The Raiser’s Edge for IDLookup or The Mergician and having that environment open precludes any other heavy weight application from being run properly. The system will often just grind to a halt.
The aim of seeing two sets of traffic lights in my system tray seemed far off. I had seen that case when working with a local version of The Raiser’s Edge together with a version running over Citrix. It occurred to me that I could log in to Raiser’s Edge as a regular user and I should also be able to log in as an administrator user. On Vista and on Windows 7 if you right click on a link you can select the menu item to run as an administrator (as shown below). This will open a second instance of The Raiser’s Edge and you can log into a different database.