ani-MODS - Installing to a network

ani-MODS is a browser-based multimedia product that makes use of Shockwave, video and Flash. It works with Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later only. Because of the video plug-ins used, it will not work with Firefox or other non-Microsoft browsers.

The total size of the ani-MODS content files is about 700MB.

You can install ani-MODS to each computer individually, or you can deploy the ani-MODS content files to a shared folder accessible as a mapped drive or a UNC path, and then point the users at this share over your network. See below for details, and advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Installing ani-MODS to each computer on your network

If you choose this installation method, this can be done using the basic ani-MODS installer, following the instructions for installing on just this computer.

Run the installer on each client. This will install the 700MB+ of ani-MODS content files locally to each computer, and update each computer for video, Shockwave and Flash. It will also install shortcuts on the Desktop and in the Start menu. You will have to license each installation individually during the install. If your ani-MODS licence is for an annual subscription, you will have to re-license each computer with the new authorisation code in subsequent years, too.

The installer can be run using the Setup.exe file on the root of the CD. This updates the Windows Installer on the client PC if necessary, and then runs the ani-MODS.msi Windows Installer file which is in the Install folder of the CD. Most computers now have Windows Installer 2.0 or later already, and for these you can run the ani-MODS.msi file directly, without bothering with the Setup.exe file.

If assigning ani-MODS as a package using Group Policy for Active Directory, remember that the total installation is 700MB so will take quite a while to install.

Installing ani-MODS to a share on your network

In this deployment scenario, you copy or install the ani-MODS content files to a shared folder that users can access as a mapped drive or UNC path. You then update each client for video drivers and Shockwave and Flash plug-ins, and provide each user with a shortcut link that points to the ani-MODS start page, index.htm.

This deployment method has the advantage that the files are all in one place rather than on each machine, and you only need to update the licence in one central location rather than on each client. However you will still need to update each client machine (one time only) so that it has the relevant video codec, Shockwave player and Flash player.

Putting the ani-MODS content files on the share

This can be done using the standard ani-MODS installer as per the instructions for installing to just this computer. During the install, choose to install to the relevant shared drive on your server.

Alternatively you can copy the relevant files and folders from the ani-MODS installation CD to the shared folder, using 'xcopy' or by dragging them using Windows Explorer, etc. Copy the entire contents of the folder D:\Install\Program files\Careersoft\ani-MODS (where D: is the name of your CD drive) and all sub-folders from the CD to your share.

Licensing ani-MODS

Amongst the files that you have just copied or installed to your share, look for the file called licence\AniMODSLicensing.exe. Double-click this to run the licensing application, and enter your licence details when prompted (the licence details came with your ani-MODS letter from Careersoft). When you click on 'OK', the licensing application writes a licence key file called licence.js to the licence folder (requires write permissions), which activates ani-MODS.

Updating the clients for Shockwave, Flash and video

ani-MODS makes use of Shockwave, Flash and a special video codec. These plug-ins must be installed on each clients using ani-MODS, even if the content files are shared from some central location.

You can update the clients by using the provided msi file, ani-MODSClientUpdate.msi. This is located in the Client install folder on the CD. This msi checks the installed Shockwave, Flash and video codec on the computer on which it is run, and updates them as necessary. If the computer already has these or later versions of the plug-ins, no changes are made.

ani-MODSClientUpdate.msi can be run on each client computer in the usual way. It can also be assigned to them using Group Policy if on an Active Directory network.

The client updater msi does not create an Add/Remove Programs entry for itself. The Shockwave player that it installs will create an Add/Remove Programs entry for Shockwave. No Add/Remove Programs entries are created by the Flash plug-in or the video codec update.

The msi will normally prompt before starting the update, and display a confirmation message on completion. These prompts can be suppressed by using the msiexec /q command-line option in the usual way.

As an alternative to running the all-in-one ani-MODSClientUpdate.msi, you can run individual .exe files to update Flash, Shockwave and the video codec separately. These .exe files are provided in the Apps folder on the ani-MODS installation CD and are called sw_lic_full_installer.exe (Shockwave), Install_Flash_Player_11_Active_X.exe and Install_Video_Codecs.exe.

Providing shortcuts for the users to access ani-MODS

Having installed the ani-MODS content to a share and updated each client for the required plug-ins, you now need to provide a shortcut for users to click which launches ani-MODS. What is needed is a URL shortcut that points at the index.htm page that is the start page for ani-MODS.

There are several ways to create the shortcut. Here is one way:

  1. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer, and browse to the share containing the ani-MODS content files (remember, if doing this on the server, you need to browse to it as the mapped network drive or UNC path that the users will use to access it, not as the local C: or D: drive which is seen by the server only).
  2. In the ani-MODS content folder, locate the file index.htm.
  3. Right-click index.htm and choose 'Copy' from the pop-up menu.
  4. Minimize your applications so that you can see the Windows Desktop, and then right-click a free part of the Desktop.
  5. Choose 'Paste Shortcut' (not just 'Paste') from the pop-up menu on the Desktop. This will create a URL shortcut on the Desktop.
  6. Right-click your new shortcut on the Desktop and choose 'Rename' from the pop-up menu, and give it a useful name.

This shortcut you have created can now be used as you would use any other URL or program shortcut, e.g. copied to the Shortcut Bank (RM), assigned to user groups using Group Policy (Active Directory), etc.

If you wish to use an ani-MODS graphic as the shortcut icon, you can find a suitable file in the Apps directory of the CD.

Testing the installation

Double-click your ani-MODS shortcut (see previous step) to launch Internet Explorer and view the ani-MODS main page. You should see a displayed list of installed modules. At the bottom-left of this page is a picture of a computer and a System Requirements link. Follow this link to be taken to the System Requirements page. This page lists all system requirements for running ani-MODS and tells you whether or not your computer currently meets these requirements.

If the System Requirements page confirms that your computer meets the requirements for ani-MODS, go back to the ani-MODS main index page and click a module to check that it plays.

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Last updated 24 April, 2015