Network installation of Filpac

Filpac works on all Windows-based networks. This would include Windows for Workgroups, Network Neighborhood and Windows NT
The Filpac program (FRW.EXE and supporting *.DLL files) and data files (*.KSH, *.CDX) are installed only on one computer. The remaining workstations access the program via drive mapping. There should be only one copy of FRW.EXE on your network. This eliminates confusion when setting up the various workstations.
Here are the instructions for installing Filpac on a Windows network.
1. Install Filpac on one computer's C: drive. The folder should be C:\FR. We'll call this computer the Main Computer.
2. Set up the Main Computer's C: drive for Sharing. Double-click on Control Panel, and then right-click on Drive C. Choose Sharing. On the next screen, Shared As should be selected. (Don't worry about the name right now.) Access Type should be Full. (You can worry about passwords later.)    
3. Edit the Main Computer's C:\AUTOEXEC.BAT file by double-clicking on it in Explorer or by going to the Command prompt and doing the following:


This brings you to the "root" directory.


Brings up the text editor. The next line must be added to AUTOEXEC.BAT: 



(That's a zero.) It's better to add this line near the end of the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.

Note: If you pull up AUTOEXEC.BAT and find a blank screen, it's because you typed it wrong or because there was not AUTOEXEC.BAT file to begin with. Hit Alt-F X (or File->Exit) to save and exit.

4. Reboot the Main Computer. Enter the Filpac program from that computer and make sure it works. If installed correctly, the words "[Main User 0]" should appear in red in the lower-right corner of the Filpac Main Screen. You're now ready to set up the other computers.
5. Go to each of the other computers in your office network and do the following: 


Set up the FRUSER variable in AUTOEXEC.BAT. Start with SET FRUSER=1 on the first computer and then 2, 3, 4 and so on for each computer that follows. The FRUSER number must be unique for each computer. The computer must be rebooted for the FRUSER number to take effect.


Make sure you can see the Main Computer. Go to Network Neighborhood. If you don't see an icon for the main computer, choose Entire


Map the C: drive of the Main Computer. Right-click on the Main Computer's icon, then Right-Click on the folder for that computer's C: drive (usually it will say "c-drive"). (If you don't see a drive for the Main Computer, it probably means the Main Computer's C: drive isn't set up for sharing.) Choose Map Network Drive. The drive letter that you choose should be the same on all computers. This helps greatly if you're calling us for support. For purposes of this instruction, we'll say you're choosing Drive F.


Set up the Shortcut. Click the right mouse button on any open spot on your desktop. A small menu will appear. Click New->Shortcut. For the Command Line, type f:\fr\prog\frw.exe . Then click Next. The shortcut name is Filpac. Click Next and then Finish. Click the right mouse button on the newly-created shortcut. A small menu will appear. Click Properties. The Command Line and Working Directory should both be f:\fr\prog\frw.exe . Under the Screen tab, Click Full-Screen if you want to view Filpac in full-screen mode. If you keep it as a window, you can adjust the window's size under the Font tab; start with 8x12 and adjust from there. Under the Program tab, Close on Exit should be checked (very important!!) and Run should be Maximized. Click Change Icon. Hit the <Backspace> key to clear File Name. In that space, type f:\fr\fr.ico . The icon -- a state capitol dome -- will appear. (Choose f:\fr\gop.ico if you want the Republican elephant.) Click Ok and then Ok again.


Make sure it's working.  When you click on your newly-created or changed icon, you should go right into the program. The User number (same as you typed for FRUSER) should be in bold in the lower-right corner of the Filpac Main Screen.

Some network technicians like to map a particular folder on the Main Computer as a drive. An example of this would be mapping the Main Computer's C:\FR folder as F:\ (no subfolder) on all other computers. This approach is not recommended. The folder structure on the mapped drive should be the same as the folder structure on the Main Computer, albeit with a different drive name. This makes it easier when someone from your office calls us for support.