I keep both versions (ESS & FTP) on a NetServer share. For a new PC, I run the ESS version once to set the license. Then I create a local workstation file (.HOD) and set it to open-with the FTP version of the executable. For updates, I just overwrite the FTP version on the NetServer. Connected users don't even see a hiccup.



-----Original Message-----
From: Argia Sbolenfi [mailto:asbole@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 6:45 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: iAccess client solutions (Java): need clarification on installation and upgrade

Hello. I'm in the process to introduce the new Java i Access in our organization.
I can't understand how one is supposed to distribute the latest version to users.

Let's skip for now the confusing version / build numbering scheme of this product..
There's an initial package downloadable on the ESS web site.
Also, you can get updates from a public FTP site.
Instruction say that in order to upgrade the product, you just overwrite the original installation with the files from the upgraded version.
Now let's suppose that I've a new PC, where no user has logged on before.
First, I unpack the initial package; then, I overwrite it with the latest one from the FTP site.
Running the program for the first time, after accepting the EULA, I get a
MSGGEN048 error that says that the trial period has expired!
The only way I've found to run this program, is to execute for the first time an untouched "initial" ESS version. Then I can run the updated version.
I've also noticed that various flags are written in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\JavaSoft\Prefs\com\ibm\iaccess\base.
Moreover, I think that running for the first time the public FTP version begins an evaluation period, so this is not the way to go.

I'm puzzled: what is the correct way to distribute the latest version of this product to users?
Should I write a script that, if the user never executed the program before, runs the ESS version, otherwise runs the updated version?
Sounds a bit silly.
At the moment, I'm distributing the initial ESS version, it works quite well.


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