GCSE ICT Companion 04 File Server Installation

Section I : Introduction

These instructions explain how to setup the GCSE ICT Companion 04 for use from a file server.

This method should be used if you want to use the ICT Companion on a network of computers that does not have a web server. The package will be accessed on the workstations from the file server using file sharing. If you have a web server setup then we recommend that you share the package using the web server instead. Click here to find out more about this alternative method.

Section II : Copying To File Server Hard Disk

It is possible to either use the ICT Companion directly from the CD on the file server or to install it onto the hard disk of the file server. If you wish to install the package onto the hard disk then please follow these instructions, otherwise move on to section III.


Go to the Start Menu and choose Programs then select the Windows Explorer icon.


Scroll down the list in the left hand window until you find your CD drive and then click on the icon for the CD drive. It should look similar to this, but the drive letter (e.g. E:) may be different :

3. The right hand window will now display the files and folders that are stored on the CD. Click once on the ict4 folder to select it. Do not click twice to open it.


Go to the Edit menu and choose the Copy option.


Now you need to select where on your hard disk you want to put the ICT Companion. Use Windows Explorer to select the folder that you want to install to. We recommend that you install the ICT Companion to a folder that is already shared on your network and, preferably, is mapped as a local drive (e.g. H:) on your workstations. This will reduce the amount of work you have to do later.


Go to the Edit menu and choose the Paste option. The ICT Companion will now be copied from the CD onto the hard drive of your file server.

Section III : Making the ICT Companion Available To Other Computers

You now need to make the ICT Companion available to the other computers on your network. To do this you need to :

Students should load the ICT Companion by opening the index.htm file and teachers should load the ICT Companion by opening the aindex.htm file.

Section IV : Accessing the ICT Companion From Workstations

The GCSE ICT Companion 04 should now be accessible on workstations. From a workstation you simply need to load the index.htm file in the ict4 folder on the file server into a compatible web browser. You can do this by going to the File menu and choosing Open or by typing in a URL such as \\server\ict4\index.htm where server is the name of the file server computer and ict4 is the name of the share that the ICT Companmion is in.

Note For Netscape Navigator or Sun Java VM Users

If you are using Netscape Navigator as your browser or are using the Sun Java Virtual Machine then you can not access the ICT Companion from a file server by typing in a windows network name such as \\server\ict4\index.htm. Instead you must map a local drive letter on the workstation to the share on the file server that contains the ICT Companion.

You can map a local drive letter to a share on the file server in a Windows Operating System by right-clicking on the share name in Windows Explorer and choosing Map Network Drive.

After the mapping has taken place, you should be able to access the ICT Companion on a workstation by typing a pathname such as "H:\ict4\index.htm" instead of "\\server\ict4\index.htm".

Section V : Browser Configuration

You should now check that the ICT Companion can be successfully accesssed from the file server at a workstation by attempting to load it in a web browser. to do this :

If the package will not load successfully then it may be that the web browser on the workstation needs to be reconfigured to use Java and Javascript. You can test the configuration of the browser by opening the file tester.htm on the workstation. This file can be found in the ict4 folder on the file server.

Section VI : Troubleshooting

If you encounter any problems then please vist out support website at www.cedar.u-net.com/support.htm.

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