How to install a network version of IRIS


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This topic provides an outline of the process and links to how to guides and video walkthroughs for all the main processes involved in the installation of a network version of IRIS.

Below is an outline of the process.

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Share the IRIS folder

For network use the IRIS folder must be shared on the network.

  1. Please ensure that the Everyone group, (or group of users who require access to IRIS), has Full Control on both the Sharing and Security tabs. has Full Control on both the sharing and security tabs:

  2. Open My Computer.

  3. Go to the IRIS folder.

  4. Right-click on the IRIS folder and choose Properties.

  5. Go to the Sharing tab.

  6. Click Advanced Sharing.

  7. Tick the Share this folder option.

  8. Click Permissions.

  9. Ensure that the Everyone group has Full Control.  

  10. Click OK.  

  11. Click OK.  

  12. Go to the Security tab.  

  13. Click Edit.  

  14. Again ensure that the Everyone group has Full Control.


Edit the System paths

For network use the internal IRIS paths must point to a network location of the relevant folders (DATA and FORMAT).


These can be set as follows:

  1. Open My Computer and go to the IRIS folder.

  2. Double-click on makettl.exe

  3. In the New Paths section enter the network location for the folders. These can be either a mapped drive (eg: Z:\DATA\, Z:\DATA\ and Z:\FORMAT\) or a UNC path (eg: \\SERVER\IRIS\DATA\, \\SERVER\IRIS\DATA\ and \\SERVER\IRIS\FORMAT\)


Installing on a workstation

To install the IRIS workstation configuration you will need to:

  1. On the workstations click Start.

  2. For Windows 7 and Vista machines, type in the Search box.

  3. For XP machines, choose the Run option.  

  4. In the Search box, or Run command type in \\SERVER\IRIS\setup.exe and press enter (assuming your server name is "Server").

  5. The workstation setup should begin.

  6. You may be prompted to remove any existing workstation components. If so, complete the setup and then re-run setup.exe as above