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3.1. Network Setup Instructions

Star Bill of Lading Program Network Version.
Network Setup and Upgrade Instructions

To set up the Network Version of this software, you must follow these instructions.

1.) If you are already running a version of the Star Bill of Lading Software you should backup your Current Star Bill of Lading data.

Run the program. Click on File then Backup/Restore Data then 

This will bring up the Backup Screen. Select a location where you would like to save the file to. For our example, we simply save the file to the C drive.

Click Backup and the files should be backed up to a file called bolfiles.zip.

2.) Install the Star Bill of Lading Network Edition program onto your workstation AND any other workstations that will be running the software.

All you need to do is to run the file you downloaded. To do this, you can either double-click on it, or run it. This will run the installation program. During the installation, you will be prompted to accept the license agreement along with other information needed to perform the installation. When the program is finished installing, if you are running Windows XP or earlier, you will be prompted to run the software. If you are running Windows Vista or 7, the installation program will close and you will be finished with the install.

Here is a sample of some of the screens you will see during the install process:

Follow the prompts. When the installation is complete, click Finish.

3.) It is recomended that you install the software to the default folder. 

If you installed it to the default folder, then there will be a folder called:

(This folder contains all the necessary data files to run the Bill of Lading program.)

DATA CONVERSION **

** If you are upgrading from version 5.xx or earlier, be sure to run the Data Conversion program after you have finished installing the workstations. Click on the Windows Start Button, then Programs, Star Bill of Lading, Utilities, Convert data from older version.


This will ask you what version you are converting from. Be sure to select the correct version, and continue.

You will be prompted as to where the old data resides, and normally it would be under C:\Program Files\Star Bill of Lading 5, 4, etc. All the data will be converted over to the new version.**
Leave the 2nd line as is. We want to convert the files to this location. 

After you have made your location selection, click Convert. Hopefully your conversion was successful.
If you are having difficulty with this process, please contact our Help Desk and we will gladly assist you.

4.) Next check to see if the program runs on all of the workstations you installed the software to. If everything works, then you are ready to proceed. (Do not worry about the data yet. This will be setup later.)

5.) Create a folder on your server. For example, G:\Star BOL Data.


This will create a new folder for you to name.  


Our example is Star BOL Data



Now you need to copy the current data files to the new folder on your server. Locate your current data:

Once you have located the files, simply right click on the folder and select copy 

 
Now go back to the location of the new folder you created on your server and paste the data you copied.


Your new data folder should now reside in the folder you created on the server

WORKSTATION CONFIGURATION SETUP


6.) Now you need to setup your workstation(s) to point to the folder on the server that you just created and loaded with the data files. You need to run the utility called Workstation Configuration Setup Utility. This will handle the setup process for you. This program was installed during the installation process and can be run by clicking on the Windows Start button, then Programs, then Star Bill of Lading, then Utilities, then Workstation Configuration Setup Utility. 


This will display the Current Location of the data files. To configure the data pointer, you need to click on the Set Location button. 



This will show you a layout of your folders and network drives. Select the Server/Workstation that you copied the original data files to: ie. G:\Star BOL Data\data. 



Then click OK. If you did this correctly, and the files reside in this folder, you will be notified. Then click Exit. Your system should be setup correctly.

Be sure to run the Workstation Configuration Setup Utility on each of your workstations. 

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