Installing the Thin Client 'msi' on each workstation

Before you start, launch the LADS Plus CD on the workstation and go to the appropriate menu page on the Setup menu (see picture below) and look at the message displayed in the information box (arrowed in orange) which tells you whether you have the correct ADO driver installed on your workstations.

1. If you don’t have the driver called SQL Server Native Client 10.0 please ensure that you install it on the workstation either directly from the CD (see the 32bit and 64 bit driver install options below the slideshow) or by copying the driver from the CD and deploying the ‘msi’.

On the CD the full path to the 32 bit and 64 bit Native Client drivers are:

ROOT:\SQLNCLx32\sqlncli.msi

ROOT:\SQLNCLx64\sqlncli.msi

2. Having dealt with the Native Client driver, the next step is to install the thin client package which installs essential dll and ocx files onto workstations. You can either install directly from the CD using the button option called ‘Install the LADS Plus thin client software’ or by copying the driver from the CD and deploying the ‘msi’ using Group Policy.

On the CD the full path to the system client msi is:

ROOT:\Workstation Setup\Lucid Universal Thin Client.msi

3. Now move to the server and create a share (using Advanced Sharing) on the root of the application folder \LADS Plus Network\ or a different folder if you chose one at installation.

Read permissions only are sufficient for ordinary users on this share. If you intend to run the Reports and Admin module your share needs to have Full Control permissions on the folder called Archives which is used as a repository by the database archiving features.

4. On each workstation you need to make a short cut to the test module application file

LADSPlusTv605.exe on the share you have just created on the server.

First, browse to the share you created in step 3 using:

Computer > Network > COMPUTER (see below).

Open the Share and locate the two LADS Plus application executable files (see picture below). Right mouse click over the file LADSPlusTv605.exe and select Create Shortcut.

Now drag the new shortcut to your workstation desktop and rename it as you wish.

To create a shortcut to the reports and admin module (only for teachers or administrators) carry out the same action with the file called LADSPlusAv605.exe

The picture below shows the process of creating shortcuts and then sending them to the desktop.

Finally, log on as a typical User and ensure the shortcut is available to that User and attempt to run the LADS Plus test application from it.

If you have a shortcut to the Reports and Admin module, after creating the shortcut on the workstation, once LADS Plus is installed and working, go to the Archiving screen, select Save (archive) the current database and check that you see a browser box similar to that below. Notice that you are taken directly to the Archives folder on the server.