Guidelines for Network Installation of HyperNiche
For the Network Administrator
- Communicate to individual users the location of the executable file.
- User management. KeyServer from Sassafras Software
is a usage management software compatible with HyperNiche.
- Executable files are installed on network folder and shared by multiple users.
- 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
To put a HyperNiche icon on your desktop
- 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
- Navigate in the file system to this folder.
- Within that folder, find the icon for CreateDesktopShortcut, then double click it.
- 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.
- 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.
- The HyperNiche icon should appear on your desktop.
- Double click the HyperNiche2 icon to start the software.
For class use
- Same as above, but each user should copy the shared data files into their own folders.
- 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
- Place a HyperNiche 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.
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.
The network administrator should unzip to the
HyperNiche 2 folder on the network server.
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.