Installing a Windows NT/2000/2003/2008 Server

To install AcuServer on a Windows NT, Windows 2000 - 2008 server:

  1. Install and configure TCP/IP before installing AcuServer. If you do not have a network card in your machine, or if your network card is not working properly, AcuServer will fail to install and run.
  2. Log onto your server using the Administrator account or an account that belongs to the Administrators group. For Windows 2008, if you do not log in using the Administrator account you will need to use Windows elevated privileges to install AcuServer.
    Note: If you are using an earlier release of AcuServer, you can either install the new release while AcuServer is running or stop AcuServer and then install the new software. If you install the new release while AcuServer is running, you must reboot the machine before the new software will take effect.
  3. Insert the product installation CD-ROM into your disk drive. If the installation program does not start automatically, click Start, select Run, and enter the path to the setup file. The path will be something like d:\setup.exe, where d is the drive letter for your CD-ROM drive.

    Follow the instructions on the screen. When prompted to select a component to install, select AcuServer.

  4. If you already have the files \etc\AcuAccess and \etc\a_srvcfg, the setup utility will detect them and will ask you if you want to overwrite them.
    Do not overwrite these files unless you have a backup copy.

    The AcuAccess file contains one access record that gives all users access to AcuServer. The file a_srvcfg contains the server configuration variables; when the file is first installed, these are all commented out. You can modify both of these files later, if desired.

  5. If you want the AcuServer file server to start automatically on boot, acuserve must be installed and started as a Windows NT/Windows 2000 - 2008 service. You can install and start the service after initial setup either through the AcuServer Control Panel or by using the acuserve command from the Windows command line.

    Note that installing a service on a particular port resets all start-up options for the service on that port. These options are stored so that the service will use them when starting.

    The default service is named AcuServer. All other service names include the port on which to run.

    The Start Menu folder contains shortcuts to the AcuServer Control Panel, the AcuPing utility, and online documentation. The Start Menu folder is not required to run AcuServer. You can safely remove it.

  6. If you choose to start AcuServer during the installation process, a command prompt window is displayed showing the status of the Windows NT/Windows 2000 - 2008 services being started or restarted automatically. You may see some error messages that can be ignored if the Windows services are not already installed and running. For example, you might see:
    acuserve -kill
          Open/Control Service failed
    acuserve -remove
          Open/Control Service failed
    acuserve -install
          AcuServer service installed
    acuserve -start

    The Windows NT/Windows 2000 - 2008 services that are needed for AcuServer can also be started and stopped manually. See Starting and Stopping acuserve for a detailed explanation of how to start and stop acuserve services.

    See Installing and Removing acuserve as a Windows Service for more information about removing a service after installation. Note that removing the service does not delete the executables.

    To help in resolving service problems, some messages from these services display in Microsoft Event Viewer’s Application Log. The Event Viewer is found in the Administrative Tools folder of the Windows Control Panel.