Microvellum Server Installation Guide

Microvellum Server Installation Guide

This article outlines the steps to install and configure the Microvellum Server software.

See  Microvellum Server (Overview)  in the Microvellum Help Center for an article giving a summary of the Microvellum Server software.

See  Microvellum Server (Reference)  in the Microvellum Help Center for a reference article explaining details of the Server software, as well as the options displayed in the Server interface.

Before proceeding with this tutorial, make sure that you have a fully functioning Microvellum environment running on SQL Server.

You need one of two general types of applications to work in conjunction with the Server install. Either a Microvellum software product to create projects such as Toolbox or Production, or a third-party app that creates an XML file containing project data. In tandem, this program complements the Microvellum Server software and provides the complete functionality of this tool.

If you are using Microvellum Server in conjunction with either Toolbox or Production, we recommend that you install and configure your SQL Server environment, and install Microvellum Toolbox or Production. Confirm they are both operational before installing Microvellum Server. This ensures that your configuration is functioning correctly and can be exported from Toolbox or Production. It is then ready for import into Microvellum Server.

In this tutorial, we assume that you already have SQL Server and Toolbox installed and running successfully. The same holds for any third-party apps producing XML data.

Pre-Installation Checklist

  1. Fully functioning Microvellum environment running on SQL Server. Be sure to install Microvellum Server on the same SQL server that houses the Microvellum databases.
  2. Your IT personnel to set up an Administrative user account to run the Microvellum Server service. This user will need full access to the common MV data folder structure (in this tutorial named MVServerData). This unique user account is used for configuring and maintaining Microvellum Server as well as to run the corresponding service. It is not dependent on any specific user login but runs automatically when the computer is booted.
  3. Export the Toolbox Current Configuration before beginning this procedure to ensure you have the necessary file available when it is needed.

Setup the correct SQL Server information AND change the path to Microvellum Data to a file on the server machine (Using a UNC path), ensuring the proper permissions are in place BEFORE you export the .MVG file.

Initial Microvellum Server Installation Procedure

  1. Launch Microvellum Server setup file and click "Continue" (See figure 1).

  2. Read and accept the EULA, click Continue to proceed.
  3. Observe the release notes and click "Continue."
  4. Use the default installation path and click Continue to proceed.
  5. You are now ready to begin the installation. Click Continue to proceed.
  6. If the installation was successful, you will see the Configuration Complete screen. Click Finish to proceed.

Update to Latest Build

  1. Press the Windows key and enter Services in the search bar and press the Enter key. Alternatively, in the list of apps, navigate to Windows Administrative Tools -> Services and click it to open the app.

  2. A computer service is a program that runs in the background and performs some kind of task. It is an executable application that runs in its own Windows session and does not display a user interface. It does not interfere with other users working on the same computer.
  3. If the service named Microvellum Server is listed and running, stop it by right-clicking the service name and clicking Stop from the context menu. Alternatively, select the service in the right pane of the screen, and click the Stop link in the left pane of the Services screen.

  4. Install the Microvellum Server update.
  5. Enter the Serial Number and Password received from the Microvellum Product Fulfillment department. Click Activate to proceed.

  6. If the activation process is successful and you will see a message confirming activation. Click OK to proceed with the update.

  7. Observe the "Microvellum Server x64 Update" screen and select "Continue."

  8. Review and accept the "User License Agreement" and select "Continue."
  9. Observe the release notes and select "Continue."
  10. Observe the configuration confirmation screen and select "Continue."
  11. Upon successful installation, the "Configuration Complete" screen will appear.

Configure MVServerDataFiles Folder

  1. Create a folder named MV Server Data Files as close to the root drive as possible. If located on the C: drive, that would be ideal.
  2. Right-click on the new folder and select Properties. Select the tab Sharing and click the button Share.

  3. Drop down the selection box and select Everyone. Click the button Add.

  4. Set the permission level for Everyone to Read/Write by dropping down the permission level list and making that selection. Click the button Share.
  5. Create three subfolders in the folder you just shared named Work Order Archive, Work Order Error, and Work Order Queue.

  6. Press the Windows key and enter Services in the search bar and press the Enter key. Start the service named Microvellum Server by right-clicking the service name and clicking Start from the context menu. Alternatively, select the service in the right pane of the screen, and click the Start link in the left pane of the Services screen.

Configure Microvellum Server

  1. Launch the Microvellum Server system tray application by double-clicking on the desktop shortcut. A Microvellum Server icon is located in the Notification area of the Windows taskbar that you will use to access the Microvellum Server Properties interface. 
  2. Right-click on the Microvellum Server tray icon in the Notifications area (a.k.a. System Tray) and select Settings.

  3. From within the Microvellum Server interface, at the top of the screen, import the Configuration file from Toolbox that you exported before beginning the installation and configuration procedure.

  4. Click the link named "Register" to register the newly imported configuration in the Microvellum Server software. This step creates a new section within the file named "MicrovellumServer.ini" located in the Server installation folder, typically C:\ProgramData\Microvellum\SERVER.

  5. Check the boxes for the options you want to be enabled. Or by default check as many of the first four options as are available.

  6. Add a Server Data Path to your SQL Server data using a UNC path.

  7. Click the Configuration Settings tab and check as many of the first three options in the Allowed Features section as are available.

  8. Add the three paths that you added, as shown in figure 17 above (Import Queue Path, Import Archive Path, Import ERROR Path).

  9. Close the Microvellum Server interface.
  10. Check for LastConfig file in C:\ProgramData\Microvellum\SERVER\ApplicationSettings\. If not there, copy the Preference file and rename the new file to LastConfig.
  11. Launch Services and right-click on the Microvellum Server service and select Properties. Change Log On account to the Network Account setup in the Prerequisites.

  12. Click OK.
When configuring MV Server, all reports will need to be reviewed for old Code tab functionality. This will need to be updated to the current functionality for reports. It is recommended to use UNC paths for all file paths. Mapped file names will need to be updated.

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