How do I install Prism, InStat, or StatMate on a network? (Windows platform)
** Note: We no longer sell network licenses for any GraphPad products. This information is for legacy licenses.
This page explains how to install a network license of GraphPad programs. If you are trying to update to a newer release, see these instructions instead.
To install a network license of a GraphPad program, you install it once onto a shared hard drive (which we call a 'server' but can be any hard drive on the network). "Installing" means simply loading files onto the server. Nothing runs on the server, which simply acts as a shared disk drive.
Individuals who use the network version have nothing installed on their computer except a shortcut icon to launch the program. When the program is launched, it is loaded from the server's hard drive into the memory of the individual computer, and it actually runs on that computer.
These instructions are for WIndows. Mac instructions.
Installing a Windows Network License onto a server
Write-protecting the program folders
You may wish to write protect the Prism or StatMate program folder. Windows doesn't always allow a folder to have greater permissions than its parent folder. There are two ways to solve this issue.
One approach (if the drive uses NTFS file system) is to configure Windows so it allows a folder to have different permissions than its parent.
The other approach is to move the Licenses folder before write-protecting the Prism or StatMate folder. InStat puts the license files right in the program folder, so this folder cannot be write protected and it is not possible to relocate the InStat licenses folder.
To move the licenses folder for Prism or StatMate, follow these steps:
GraphPad programs monitor the number of people using the program at any given time. If someone tries to launch the program, but all licenses are in use, the program won't start. Whenever this happens, the program (except Instat) adds a line to the file named "lockout.txt" with the date and time. Monitor this file to see if additional licenses are needed.
Running a GraphPad program from each individual computer
Nothing needs to be installed on each computer you will run the program on. You simply launch the application from its network location. It is convenient to create shortcuts that launch the .exe file (prism.exe, instat.exe, or statmate.exe). We suggest placing shortcuts for all GraphPad programs into a folder called "GraphPad Software" in the Programs folder.
You do not have to have admin rights to launch Prism from a workstation. With earlier releases of Prism (5.00 and 5.01), it helped a lot to have admin rights the first time you used Prism on any computer. With the current release (or any release 5.02 or later), this is not necessary.
It is possible to limit use of Prism to a named group of users.
If you have problems viewing the Help screensIf you can't view Help screens, or your users are prompted for user name and password, see this page.
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