Guidelines for Network
Installation of PC-ORD
For the Network Administrator
- Using the installation CD, install PC-ORD on the file server.
- Communicate to individual users the location of the executable file.
- User management. KeyServer from Sassafras Software
is a usage management software compatible with PC-ORD.
For Network User
- Your instructor or network administrator will provide you with the folder location
containing the main executable file, PCORD6.exe. Alternatively, you can find it
yourself by using Windows to search the network drives for the folder containing
- Navigate in the file system to this folder.
- Double click the PCORD6 icon to start the software.
To put a PC-ORD icon on your desktop
- Find the executable folder as instructed above.
- Within that folder, find the icon for CreateDesktopShortcut, then double click
- Select Local under Start In if you plan to do your analyses mainly on
one machine. Select Network or removable drive if you want to take your
PC-ORD session with you between machines. Then Browse to a removable drive
or network drive to which you have write privileges. Note that conflicts will result
if multiple users are using the same folder at the same time.
- Click OK. If you do not have write privileges to the selected folder, you
will receive an error message, "You do not have write privileges to Start In
Folder". In that case, choose a different drive or folder.
To set up PC-ORD so that your settings are
carried with you
- Place a PC-ORD icon on your desktop as described above.
- When you specify the Start in location, choose a removable drive or network drive to
which you have write privileges.
For more information, see Network Example or "Network
Environments" in the PC-ORD Help
system after installation.
The network administrator should unzip to the
PCORD 6 folder on the network server.
Run CreateDesktopShort.exe on the server from each
local computer station licensed to run PC-ORD.
Click here to start
download of CreateDesktopShortcut.zip
Example Network Installation
This is an example of network use of PC-ORD at one university. PC-ORD is installed on a
university server that provides class software for the whole campus. Files are installed
from the CD into a folder for PC-ORD that resides on the network server.
The software can be run from classroom machines in computing labs. These include both
Windows machines and dual-boot Macs. It doesn't run on the mac side, only on the windows
side. The students never need the CD. Nor is the software installed on individual machines
-- it resides just on the server. At runtime, the executables are loaded automatically
into the client as needed.
While many students access the software from just the computer labs, it is also possible
to run it from elsewhere on campus or personal computers or laptops. This is relatively
easy with hardwired machines on campus, by using a Run command to access that particular
file server. But it can also be done from home, wireless, etc., by using the University's
"umbrella server", accessible only to enrolled students. This provides a
mechanism for class software to be used by off-campus students.
Students are given a path to navigate to the executable file, or they can find it on their
own by searching for their class identifier. The instructor encourages students to
simplify the process for subsequent use of the software by placing a PC-ORD icon on their
desktop. This is done by double clicking the CreateDesktopShortcut icon in the PC-ORD
folder on the network server.
The network administrators have provided the instructor with write-permissions for the
folders containing the software, so that the instructor can install fixes and updates
without bothering the IT people. To install updates, the instructor just unzips the files
into a temporary folder on a local computer, then copies the files to the server,
overwriting the old files.