Thursday, October 6, 2016

Install notes for installing ActiveCampus CMS/ActiveAdmissions

Well I got a new toy a couple of weeks ago. My very own development server for making changes to ActiveCampus/ActiveAdmissions without the fear of blowing up our live website. Below are some key notes that will probably help you on your way to installing this software. If you're like us, Datatel came in and did the initial installation. So I never had any experience doing it myself. Kinda scary if we ever had a blow up that required a new installation... So below are some notes that I made.

1. Create the Database and user ahead of time. Initially give the new user global powers, and after you are finished installing, backdown the permissions to the appropriate level.

2. Most importantly. Nowhere in their requirements or documentation does it talk about this... but if you don't install it, the software will never work. You must download and install Microsoft's Web Services Enhancements (WSE) 2.0 AND 3.0 for Microsoft .NET. It took me a good 2 or 3 hours to track down the solution. So hopefully this saves somebody that amount of time.

Outside of that the install went fairly smoothly. It requires quite a bit of hands on work, because their installer is not setup to configure the log directories or modify folder permissions. But after you that up and running, things should smooth out for you.

So now that I have my test install up and running... hopefully I'll be posting more tricks and tips from working on my development environment.

For those keeping track at home.. my test server is a Dell Poweredge with Dual Quad-Core processors, 12GB of memory, and 2 Raid-1 Drives. Way overkill for a dev server, but I'm happy. :)

1 comment:

George said...

Paul,

Right on your heels ... we got a AC/AA development server too! Have been banging my head on the wall with trying to understand it, with no training or doc. Can't wait to hear more from you ...