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Guidelines for Network Installation of
HyperNiche

For the Network Administrator

  1. Communicate to individual users the location of the executable file.
  2. User management. KeyServer from Sassafras Software is a usage management software compatible with HyperNiche.

Recommended setup

  1. Executable files are installed on network folder and shared by multiple users.
  2. Users keep data files and temporary files on their own hard disks (preferred choice) or in their own folder on a network drive (slower choice) or removable drive.

Because network environments vary, your network administrator may need to help you set up HyperNiche.  Generic instructions for a typical network setup are given below.  These presume that HyperNiche has already been installed on your network by your network administrator.

To put a HyperNiche icon on your desktop

  1. Ask your instructor or network administrator to provide you with the folder location containing the main executable file, HyperNiche2.exe.  Alternatively, you can find it yourself by using Windows to search the network drives for the folder containing HyperNiche2.exe.
  2. Navigate in the file system to this folder.
  3. Within that folder, find the icon for CreateDesktopShortcut, then double click it.
  4. 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 HyperNiche 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.
  5. 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" or "File access denied."  In that case, choose a different drive or folder.
  6. The HyperNiche icon should appear on your desktop.
  7. Double click the HyperNiche2 icon to start the software.

For class use

  1. Same as above, but each user should copy the shared data files into their own folders.
  2. In computer classrooms, users may want to define their Start in folder as a removable USB drive.  This allows users to preserve their own settings from one session to the next, regardless of which machine they are using.  Note, however, that users can also accomplish this by using their own logical drive on the network, if such is available.  This is slower than using a local hard drive.

To set up HyperNiche so that your settings are carried with you

  1. Place a HyperNiche icon on your desktop as described above.
  2. When you specify the Start in location, choose a removable drive or network drive to which you have write privileges.

File names

Extremely long file names can cause file access errors in HyperNiche and other software.  This is particularly likely to occur with a network drive, where the path of folders can be very long.  You can guard against this by habitually using path and folder names that are not excessively long.  In HyperNiche the maximum length for file names is 240 characters.

For more information, see Network Example or  "Network Environments" in the HyperNiche Help system after installation.

CreateDesktopShortcut.zip (247K)

  1. Download CreateDesktopShortcut.zip.

  2. The network administrator should unzip to the
    HyperNiche 2 folder on the network server.

  3. Run CreateDesktopShort.exe on the server from each
    local computer station licensed to run HyperNiche.

Click here to start download of CreateDesktopShortcut.zip

Example Network Installation

This is an example of network use of HyperNiche at one university. HyperNiche is installed on a university server that provides class software for the whole campus. Files are installed from the CD into a folder for HyperNiche 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 HyperNiche icon on their desktop. This is done by double clicking the CreateDesktopShortcut icon in the HyperNiche 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.