GEOSYSTEM Program Installation Recommendations
Last Revised May 1, 2013
This document provides suggestions for installing LabSuite, CLSuite, GrainSize, Proctor, LOGDRAFT version 5 under various hardware/software scenarios. You may want to print out a copy to use as a reference as you proceed with the installation.
If you would like to run the software on multiple computers (which is allowed under our license agreement), you'll want to use your network to share data. Before you start installing, though, you'll want to answer one basic question:
- Do you want to install the software onto your network, or onto each individual computer?
To answer your question, consider carefully these points:
- If you install the software onto your server, users might
experience a delay when starting the program because a) the operating
system must retrieve the program file and other related system files
from the network, b) network virus scanners are notorious for taking
exorbitant amounts of time scanning program files before allowing
users to open them over the network, further slowing the program's
opening (this process may take up to a minute), and c) networking
hardware issues (bad cabling, failing network cards, server problems,
etc.) may cause problems in loading the programs.
On the plus side, server installations mean that you only have one program installation to update when we release patches. (If you give your users Internet access this isn't a big deal anymore, as modern GEOSYSTEM programs are self-updating.)
- If you install the software onto every computer where it might be used, you'll want to allow the software the ability to connect to the Internet through your firewall to allow it to update itself; otherwise, you'll need to update the software on every computer every time a patch is released.
Once you've decided on an installation location, proceed to one of the scenarios below:
Local Computer or Network Installation, Upgrading from a Previous Program Version
If you've licensed an upgrade from an older GEOSYSTEM soils test or LOGDRAFT program, there are two important notes:
Do not uninstall the older GEOSYSTEM program!
If you do so, you will loose any custom settings (e.g., grain size
specification envelopes, Proctor test specifications, etc.) you've
built, along with any LOGDRAFT report form modifications you may have
- You'll want to proceed to install the upgrade into the same hard disk subdirectory that holds your old GEOSYSTEM program. This is an important point: If you install into a different hard disk subdirectory (for instance, a new subdirectory that you've created specifically for the new program version) you will need to take an additional step after installation to move all of your old custom settings and LOGDRAFT report forms from your old program's installation directory.
After you've installed your software, take two additional steps:
Network Installation, Upgrading from a Previously Locally-Installed Program Version
If you've had your old GEOSYSTEM software package installed on individual computers and you would like to install your new software onto a network share, go ahead and install the software onto your network. (One note: unlike older GEOSYSTEM packages, your new software does not need to be installed onto a mapped network drive. You can install the software directly to any network share point.)
After the software's been installed, take three additional steps:
New Licensee — Network Installation
Install your GEOSYSTEM package to a subdirectory on a network share. After the installation has completed, take two additional steps:
New Licensee — Local Computer Installation
Install your GEOSYSTEM package to a subdirectory on your computer. (The installation will suggest an appropriate installation directory for your Windows system version.)
After you've installed your software, consider designating a network directory for sharing your custom program settings and report forms.
Creating a Shortcut to Start a Program From a Network Share
If you've installed the software to a network share, you'll want to give users on individual computers the ability to start the software from a shortcut. To do this, follow the procedure outlined below for each computer:
- Log into the user's account.
- Start Windows Explorer (right-click on the Windows "Start" button and select "Explore").
- Because you'll be dragging a file from Explorer to your Windows Desktop, if a portion of your Desktop isn't showing behind the Explorer panel, click on the Explorer window's "un-maximize" button (this will be the middle button in the group shown at the top-right corner of the Explorer window) so that you can see a portion of the Windows Desktop behind the Explorer window.
- Using Explorer, navigate to the network subdirectory where you installed your new GEOSYSTEM package.
- Select "View" > "Details".
- If you're creating a shortcut for the your GEOSYSTEM soil test and/or LOGDRAFT Boring Log package, locate a file with GDM in the Name column and Application in the Type column; if you're creating a shortcut for the Cement Products program, locate a file with CQC-CP in the Name column and Application in the Type column. Click on the file with your right mouse button then, while holding the button down, drag the mouse to your desktop.
- Release the right button while your mouse is over the desktop: this should display a menu with "Move Here", "Copy Here" and "Create Shortcut(s) Here" options: select "Create Shortcut(s) Here".
If you're upgrading from an older GEOSYSTEM program version you'll want to move your old custom program settings (e.g., grain size specification envelopes, Proctor test specifications, LOGDRAFT report forms, etc.) over to the new program's configuration directory. To do this:
- Start your GEOSYSTEM program.
- Select "Options" > "Setup General Options" and click on "Files" in the left-hand navigation panel.
- Click on the "Copy Files from an Alternate Location" button.
- The software will ask you to navigate to the subdirectory from which you wish to copy your configuration files: Navigate to your old program's installation directory, then click on the "OK" button.