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Using Decommission of Server

The Decommission of Server feature in Jarrison Time enables the migration of the JTime database cluster from a running server to a new server, without having to individually change all user machine configuration files to point to the new server. The major versions of JT on both servers must match, and the server names/IPs must be different.

To begin the transfer, follow the below steps. Some understanding of restoring databases in Microsoft SQL is recommended.

Backup old system

1) Log into JT connected to the current server.

2) Make a full system backup (From the menu bar go to Action > Backup Database > Full System)

3) Copy backup zip file over to new server. JT Manager could be used to assist with the below steps.

4) Restore all databases in Full system backup folder (creating a replica of the current server)




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Ensure that the naming convention on the new server matches the current server.

Decommission old system

1) After backing up, login to Jarrison Time on the current server.

2) From the menu bar go to Setup, System Configuration, and then the General-2 tab.

3) Select the box next to Decommission and route users to new SQL Server.

4) Click Test Connection to check the connection is working.

5) Close JT and launch again.

After clicking on ‘OK’ a warning message as below will appear


6) Log out of Jarrison Time.

Connect new server

Log in to Jarrison Time again, the following message will appear:


After OK is clicked Jarrison Time will connect with the new server.

Once JT is connected to the new server, do the following:

Check for clockings, adjustments and audit entries for each year that you had to restore a Log database

If there are no entries, there is a possibility the database restoration has not been done correctly.

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Glossary of Terms

.Net Framework

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Access Control

Access control refers to the restriction of people’s ability to clock on biometric devices based on location and/or time. Advanced access control includes anti-passback and zone sequencing.

Access Groups

Access Groups in Jarrison Time are combinations of Devices and Time Zones, used to determine on which devices and at which times members of the Access Groups may clock. Access Groups also facilitate restrictions based on too much or too little clocking in specified time-frames.

Access Groups can by synchronized or imported by Third-Party Import, or by users.

Access Zone

In Jarrison Time an Access Zone is how devices are grouped together to form logical zones for the purposes of access control. The option is available with the JT Live module.

Adjustments (Manual Adjustments)

Adjustments are the method of covering absence of time by employees in Jarrison Time. Examples of adjustments would be Annual leave and Sick leave. Adjustments are typically applied by a user via Daily Details as needed, or can be imported from file. It’s very important that Adjustments are correctly configured and applied as paid or unpaid. (Unpaid will result in Short Time.)

Anti Passback

Anti Passback is a form of access control where people are restricted from clocking on the device most recently clocked on, until they have clocked at another device.

Approval Bypass

Approval Bypass is a feature of Jarrison Time Approvals that allows for the first approval tier to be approved without any exceptions being cleared.


Approvals are a system-wide setting that forces users to correct Exceptions and then lock periods from further editing, ready for submission to payroll.

Jarrison Time allows for up to three tiers of Approvals: Daily Summary (timesheet), Pay totals, Department totals. Starting at timesheet level, each tier needs to be approved before the next one can process.


An Area in Jarrison Time refers to a GPS location with a set radius, which designates a permitted T&A clocking area for JT Clock users.

Area Schedule

The Area Schedule is used in conjunction with JT Clock to determine where JT Clock users should clock on a given day.


Authentication in the context of access control or T&A is the means by which a person identifies themselves to biometric devices for clocking purposes.


In Jarrison Time it is possible to allow employees to earn unapproved overtime when working additional hours. The unapproved time must then be authorized (to change to payable OT) or declined by a user. Authorization categories are setup so the system knows where to send approved or declined time.

Biometric Device (Reader)

A biometric device is a type of device (also known as a reader), usually wall-mounted but can be handheld, used to authenticate a person’s identity by recognizing some part of their body. Jarrison Time is directly compatible with a wide range of biometric devices covering the following means of authentication: Fingerprint, Face, Palm. Tags and PINs can also be accepted if the device supports it.

Bouncing (Shift Sensing)

Bouncing is a system-based method of assigning Day Programs to employees based on their clocking times. The selection of Day Programs the system can apply and when to apply them needs to be configured.