Job Explorer Database - Installation Guide
Please take a couple of minutes to read these notes before installing Jed. This will save you time and allow you to choose the best installation method for your situation.
On this page
- Current version
- Internet use
- Licensing Jed when installed from the DVD
- Administrator rights needed for installing or updating
- Updating an existing installation
- Installing on just this computer
- Installing on your network
- Browser requirements
- What's on the DVD
- Where to find further information
Make sure you have the current version of the DVD. The current version of Jed is the 2021 edition - version 2.12
Jed is available to install, or to use from the internet. The two versions (installed and internet) are identical except for these differences:
- Text-to-speech is available in the internet version if your licence includes it, but not in the installed version
- Localising for adding your own text and pictures to Jed is available in the installed version but not in the internet version
- The internet version is updated several times a year, by Careersoft. The installed version is updated less often, by you using the installation disc when we sent it.
For internet access to Jed, see www.careersoft.co.uk/internet.
The internet version always has the latest most up-to-date Jed. Updates to licensing and content are taken care of by Careersoft. So long as your subscription to Jed is up to date, Jed internet will continue to run and show the latest version.
Licensing Jed when installed from the DVD
To use Jed installed to your computer or network, you will need the DVD authorisation code and other details that came with the authorisation code letter you received when you purchased/renewed your subscription to Jed. This letter also shows you which extras you are licensed for (text-to-speech, and/or use at home).
Jed initially runs in demonstration mode, without requiring any authorisation code. In demonstration mode, some features of the product are restricted. To unlock the full functionality of the product, you need to enter your authorisation code.
To license Jed, run the Jed program and enter your establishment name and DVD authorisation code when prompted. These details need to be entered exactly as shown on your authorisation code letter. If your Jed is already licensed, you can view or update your licence by running Jed and clicking on the 'Licensed for use by...' link in the centre of Jed's main menu page. If you have installed Jed as per the instructions for installing Jed on your network (below), you only need to enter the establishment name and authorisation code at one terminal, and this will enable it for all computers in your network.
Jed can be installed to any version of Windows that is currently supported by Microsoft, including Windows 10, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1.
Administrator rights needed for installing or updating
To install or update Jed you need to know the details of an account that has Administrator rights.
You can run the installer when logged on as any user, but if the account you are logged in with does not have Administrator rights then during the install you will be prompted to enter the details of an account that does have Administrator rights.
Once the program is installed, you do not need any special rights to run it.
Updating an existing installation
If you already have Jed installed on a computer, you can easily update your installation using the Jed installation DVD.
To update Jed, put the Jed installation DVD into the DVD drive of the computer on which Jed is installed, and then double-click the Jed.msi file to run it. This file can be found in the root folder of the DVD.
When you run Jed.msi, it will update Jed and keep your existing licensing details. It will also keep any settings and local information that you have entered previously while using Jed.
During setup you can choose whether or not to include the Jed videos in your installation of Jed. All Jed licences include use of the videos, and they are useful for everyone who uses the product. Installing them is recommended. The videos take up about 2.2GB of hard disk space.
Installing for use on just this computer
To install Jed on just this computer, put the Jed installation DVD into the DVD drive of the computer that you want to install Jed to, and then double-click the Jed.msi file to run it. This file can be found in the root folder of your DVD.
During the install sequence, choose the use it on this computer only option on the Install Options page during the install. Choose the default choices for the rest of the install.
During the install procedure you will have a choice of where to install the program to. Usually it is best to accept the recommended location. If you change it to somewhere else, please make sure that you install it to a local drive. Typically this will be drive letters like C: or D:. Installing it to a network drive or UNC path (typically like P: or \\MYCOMPUTERNAME will not work.
During setup you can choose whether or not to include the Jed videos in your installation of Jed. All Jed licences include use of the videos, and they are useful for everyone who uses the product. Installing them is recommended. The videos take up about 1.6GB of hard disk space.
Jed is installed as a Windows Service, and installs a shortcut on your Desktop for your browser to browse to the web address of the local web service.
Installing on your network
We intend that you should find Jed easy to install on your network. It pays to read through these notes first to save time and hassle later.
Please note that this is the recommended way of installing for all compatible network types, including all types of Windows networks, Citrix, RM Community Connect etc (see the additional help web pages for specific installation notes for various network types, including RM).
The network install for Jed is different to the network install for many other products.
- Nothing needs installing to the client machines
- You do not need to visit any of the client machines
- The program files are not installed to mapped drives or UNC shares
Jed contains a lightweight engine that makes interactive HTML pages on-the-fly and makes them available over http. For a stand-alone installation, the html page-maker and the browser are on the same machine. For a straightforward network install, the page-maker and browsers can be on separate computers, so the page-maker runs as a service on your 'server' (can be any current Windows OS, including Windows 2019 Server, Windows 2016 Server, Windows 2012 Server, Windows 10, and Windows 8.1), and then your clients point their browser at the server to view the pages. The connection is effected using standard HTTP over your TCP network, like your clients do for viewing external websites.
The engine does pages for Jed. It will not do pages for anything else, and does not require or interact with any web server on the server. You may have used other 'browser-ware' products based on this principle already, ranging from web interfaces for network printers, to sophisticated information management packages.
You can install the product to each client machine individually instead if you wish, but this will require visiting each machine to install the product, and visiting them again every time you want to update the product or licence code. So installing Jed by visiting each computer is not recommended.
It is not possible to run the program by sharing the exe off a mapped drive or UNC share.
- Choose a suitable computer to install to. This should be connected to your network and running at all times that users might want to connect to it. A server is often a good choice for this. The operating system for the server part can be any current Windows operating system, including Windows 2019 Server, Windows 2016 Server, Windows 2012 Server, Windows 10, and Windows 8.1. Clients can be any operating system that supports a suitable browser, including Windows 10, Windows 8, etc. See elsewhere on this page for browser notes. By default, the network connectivity components in Jed will only work on networks with standard private IP ranges according to RFC1597, i.e.
192.168.x.x. Jed will also work on the 'link-local'
169.254.x.xrange used by DHCP-less local networks where clients auto-allocate their own IP addresses. If your network runs on some non-standard IP range (i.e. none of the above), contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
- Run the installer by double-clicking the jed.msi file. Note that the Jed.msi file must run on the target computer – you cannot run Jed.msi on one computer to install to another. The installer must run as a Privileged user (Administrative rights), either by you being logged on as an Administrator, or by entering Administrator credentials when prompted. Once installed, users need no special rights to use the product.
- Choose the "Allow others to connect to it" option from the Install Options page during the installation.
- Choose whether or not you want to install the videos. During setup you can choose whether or not to include the Jed videos in your installation of Jed. All Jed licences include use of the videos, and they are useful for everyone who uses the product. Installing them is recommended. The videos take up about 1.6GB of hard disk space.
- Choose to install to a local drive. The destination folder for the installation must be a local drive on the machine that you are installing on. Mapped shares, on this computer or on other computers, and any UNC paths (like
\\computername), will not work. The installation folder does not need to be shared – in fact, it is best if it is not shared. Remember – Jed makes its information visible as HTML pages over HTTP, not as files off a file share.
- Note the URL for connecting to Jed. A box containing this information pops up during the network install (this information is also visible from the Careersoft Network Components item in your Control Panel). You should note these details for use by your client computers for connecting to Jed. The box showing these links also allows you to try these out in your browser, and this can also be a good opportunity to register the program by entering the Establishment Name and DVD Authorisation Code supplied in your authorisation code letter – the program asks for these when you try to use it.
- Provide a way for your client computers to find Jed. This could be by putting a Favorites link in their browser (perhaps by using Group Policy in Active Directory), or by putting a URL shortcut on their Desktop or Start menu (like you might do with a shortcut to an exe file), or by putting a hyperlink on your intranet. See the page about publishing your links on Careersoft's website for details.
Jed will work with most recent browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, and Microsoft Edge. With the installed version, the videos will not work in Microsoft Internet Explorer — all recent versions of Windows come with Microsoft Edge and we recommend using that. The videos will not work in Safari (the default browser for Apple devices). If it is particularly important to you that the videos run in Microsoft Internet Explorer or Safari, use the internet version of Jed — the internet version of Jed works with those browsers as well as the ones that work with the installed version of Jed.
Where to find further information
Please visit the Jed support page on Careersoft's website for information about using Jed with specific network types, including Windows Active Directory, RM CC3, Citrix and Novell, and notes about troubleshooting your Jed application.
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Last updated 16 March, 2021