Acorn Pipe Systems Inc.

      AcornPipe software for piping professionals

Networking AcornPipe:

(See also FAQs below)

A single AcornPipe software package can be used on multiple machines in the same office. Here's how:

1/ You will need to purchase an AcornPipe Software package for about $400. It includes a program CD, training CD, and USB key.

2/ Install the AcornPipe program (but not the AcornClients folder) on each workstation. It is suggested you use the latest version from the Complete Program Downloads page of this website, unless your program CD is newer.

3/ Install the AcornClients folder on a server which is accessible from all the workstations.

4/ Decide where you plan to plug in the AcornPipe USB key. Many users prefer NOT to have the key on the file server, as this avoids having to reboot the server in the event that the key driver needs updating. Hoever, remember that the key will not work while its host computer is turned off. DO NOT PLUG IN THE USB KEY YET.

5. Run the Sentinel Protection Installer on the computer that is to host the USB key. Then, as a precaution, reboot that computer to ensure that the key driver is active. Once the computer has fully finished rebooting, plug in the USB key and wait several seconds to allow Windows to detect and recognize the key and assign it the correct driver.

6/ On one of the workstations, launch AcornPipe. It may take several seconds to find the key the first time. Select File/Set Clients Folder and navigate to the AcornClients folder on the server. Repeat this on each workstation in turn.

AcornPipe searches for the key on the local subnet. However, machines on a different subnet can still use the key provided the path to the key server is provided in ServerName.txt, located in the user's Application Data/AcornPipe folder. Note that in most cases, no entry is required in Servername.txt, so it can remain blank.

Installing the Sentinel Key Driver:

  The key driver normally needs to be installed just on the machine that hosts the key. However, we understand that sometimes the key driver needs to be installed on the workstations as well.

The Sentinel Protection Installer may ask your permission to make a firewall exception to allow AcornPipe to access the key. You need to assent to this in order for the key to do its job.

 
 

FAQ:

Q: Will I need to move the USB key to a server that is accessible to all clients?

A: Not necessarily. As long as the computer that has the key attached is part of the network, and as long as this computer stays on, the key can remain there. Firewall settings may have to be changed to allow the workstations access to the key. You may need to enter the IP address of the key server in the ServerName.txt file (see above) but this is generally not necessary.



Q. How can I determine the IP address of this computer?

A. Not sure how to find the IP address of this computer? – Try accessing one of these websites online:
http://www.find-ip-address.org/
or  www.ipchicken.com or http://www.showmyip.com/ .  These sites will display the IP address of your computer.  There are others as well that can be found by searching online. OR Open a PDF File, which will help you to find the IP address of your computer - Click Here.

Q. Will I need to install the Acorn Pipe Program Only on the remaining workstations?

A. Install the complete program, then COPY the AcornClients folder to the server. This leaves the program somewhere to default back to, if the server is down. Now set the program at the main program menu to read the AcornClients folder on the server. Do this by using ‘File’ – ‘Set Clients Folder’. Double click to the server drive, then click the AcornClients folder on this drive, to set the path.  
The program then asks: Do you want driveletter/AcornClients as your data folder. The answer will be yes.
Do this on each terminal so that each is using the driveletter/AcornClients as a data folder.

 

Q. Will we need to create a ServerName.txt file with the IP address of the Key Server in it on the first line, and copy it into the C:\Program Files\AcornPipe folder on all eight workstations.

A. This Servername.txt file should be in AcornPipe already. This is really a good way to find the key, because in the past we have had incidents where someone had a key of their own, and when docked to the network, other users were finding and using his key. His drawing files were disappearing and it took some creative guesswork and research to find the problem.

Q. Will I need to tell the Acorn Pipe Program where the Working Files are now located, so that they are all working from the same file set?

A. Set the path at the main AcornPipe program window, by using ‘File’ – ‘Set Clients Folder’. Double click to the server drive, then click the AcornClients folder.  
The program then asks: Do you want driveletter/AcornClients as your data folder. The answer will be yes. Do this on each terminal so that each is using the driveletter/AcornClients as a data folder.

Q. Once this is done, can the local C:\AcornClients folder be removed from each workstation?

A. Yes, but if the server has been down, you would need to reset the path by editing the file
C:\Program Files\AcornStart.txt and on the top line make sure the folder names are reading the correct path.
For example the top line of my AcornStart.txt file reads:
ClientsFullPath=C:\AcornClients
Which is correct on my system.
After your program finds the folder on the network, check to see what this top line reads and make a note of it. Then if you have a problem you can edit the line to read: ClientsFullPath=X:\AcornClients  Or other drive letter and path.

Q. To start off we will allow all users to modify Specifications, Edit Materials & Create DBF files, so I would imagine that I wouldn’t need to modify anything with respect to rights within the Acorn Pipe program?

A. That is correct, however at some point you may decide to monitor which stations can create new specs or which terminals can enter received materials etc, and this can be done by altering the permissions in the program, and perhaps setting a password to protect your settings.

Q. Once I have one working workstation with the servername.txt and the file path set to access the working files, can I then overwrite the C:\Program Files\AcornPipe folder on the remaining seven default installations to replicate the program settings?

A. Yes, this file is terminal specific, so each terminal can be set to read the same drive, or some can be set to read their own drives, but you should be able to copy these settings to other terminals without incident. It might be a good idea to keep a backup copy of this file, once the settings are all to your liking.

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