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Online Filing
Installation and troubleshooting
OLF software version 5.10
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Last update: 13 March 2017
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Table of contents
Table of contents
1
Legal notices
5
2
Document contents
6
3
Online Filing – overview
7
4
5
3.1
Online Filing help ................................................................................................. 7
3.2
How Online Filing works ...................................................................................... 8
3.3
Communication via CORBA or SOAP .................................................................. 9
Installation requirements
10
4.1
Latest version of the OLF software .................................................................... 10
4.2
Hardware requirements ..................................................................................... 11
4.3
Software requirements....................................................................................... 12
4.4
Windows user rights .......................................................................................... 13
4.5
Further information ............................................................................................ 14
Initial installation
14
5.1
Checklist: Initial installation for client/server mode ............................................. 14
5.2
Checklist: Initial installation for stand-alone mode.............................................. 15
5.3
Starting installation ............................................................................................ 16
5.4
Installation mode ............................................................................................... 18
5.5
Server installation .............................................................................................. 18
5.5.1
Installation type .................................................................................. 20
5.5.2
Activating national plug-ins ................................................................. 21
5.5.3
Confirming installation settings ........................................................... 23
5.5.4
Enabling user management................................................................ 24
5.5.5
Enabling password policy ................................................................... 26
5.5.6
Setting CORBA and SOAP ports ........................................................ 27
5.5.7
Network settings................................................................................. 27
5.5.8
Proxy settings..................................................................................... 28
5.5.9
Configuring Live Update for national procedures ................................ 29
5.5.10
Completing the server installation....................................................... 30
5.5.11
Testing the server .............................................................................. 31
5.5.12
Performing a live update .................................................................... 33
5.6
Thin client installation ........................................................................................ 34
5.6.1
Starting thin client installation ............................................................. 35
5.6.2
Setting the connection to the server ................................................... 36
5.6.3
Testing the thin client ......................................................................... 37
5.7
Stand-alone installation ..................................................................................... 38
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7
8
9
Installation maintenance
39
6.1
Checklist: Maintenance ...................................................................................... 40
6.2
Updating the server ........................................................................................... 40
6.3
Changing the server settings ............................................................................. 43
6.4
Repairing national plug-ins ................................................................................ 43
6.5
Updating the thin client ...................................................................................... 46
6.6
Changing the thin client settings ........................................................................ 47
6.7
Updating the stand-alone version ...................................................................... 48
6.8
Converting from stand-alone to server mode ..................................................... 48
6.9
Updating templates ............................................................................................ 49
6.10
Compressing the database ................................................................................ 50
Uninstalling
52
7.1
Checklist: Uninstallation ..................................................................................... 53
7.2
Uninstalling the thin client .................................................................................. 53
7.3
Uninstalling the server ....................................................................................... 55
7.4
Uninstalling the stand-alone version .................................................................. 57
7.5
Removing OLF program files and folders........................................................... 57
Reinstallation with data migration
58
8.1
Checklist: Restore ............................................................................................. 59
8.2
Checklist: Migration ........................................................................................... 59
8.3
Backing up data ................................................................................................. 60
8.4
Restoring data ................................................................................................... 61
Using the PMS gateway interface
63
9.1
Technical coordination with the EPO ................................................................. 63
9.2
PMS gateway features....................................................................................... 65
10 Troubleshooting
65
10.1
Checking the status of the OLF server and OLF services .................................. 65
10.2
Checking ports used by OLF ............................................................................. 67
10.3
Finding out the server's IP address .................................................................... 68
10.4
Testing the connection between the client computer and the OLF server .......... 69
10.5
Optimising the display settings .......................................................................... 71
10.6
Configuring PDF display in Adobe Reader ......................................................... 72
10.7
Error: "Connection aborted on request" ............................................................. 73
10.8
Error: "Connection to server lost" ....................................................................... 74
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76
11.1
Installation scenarios ......................................................................................... 76
11.1.1
Replicating the OLF server ................................................................. 76
11.1.2
Migrating user data ............................................................................ 77
11.1.3
Migrating databases ........................................................................... 79
11.2
OLF services and ports...................................................................................... 80
11.3
Executable files to be allowed ............................................................................ 82
11.4
Installing the thin client in silent mode ................................................................ 84
11.5
Filing office host names and IP addresses ......................................................... 84
12 Glossary
86
13 Index
88
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1 Legal notices
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Legal notices
Copyright
© European Patent Office (EPO), 2017. All rights reserved.
Accurate reproduction of EPO-created information contained in this documentation is
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restricted or subject to prior permission).
Further use of third-party works requires permission from the copyright holder, unless this is
waived under the law applicable.
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organisation under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property.
Disclaimer
EPO online services and the associated data from EPO databases are regularly maintained
and updated. Great care has likewise been taken in writing the instructions for using the
services provided, to ensure that the information supplied is correct. Furthermore, the EPO
makes every effort to prevent technical malfunctions. Given the amount of data and
information provided, however, it is not possible to rule out all errors and omissions.
The EPO therefore accepts no liability for the completeness and accuracy of the data and
information made available in connection with these services, and it does not guarantee that
the underlying files and the formats used are error-free and will not cause the user's systems
to malfunction. Nor can the EPO guarantee that the information presented in this
documentation about the functionality and use of these services is fully up to date, complete,
and without any errors or mistakes.
Other access conditions
The EPO reserves the right to modify, extend or discontinue the available services, in full or in
part, without prior notice.
Using the Online Filing software (OLF)
The EPO grants users the right to use the Online Filing software free of charge for an unlimited
period. The software is exclusively intended for online filing with the EPO, i.e. for European
patent applications and other documents.
Please refer to the EPO's website and go to Applying for a patent > Online services >
Online filing > Download documentation
(http://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/documentation.html) to download
the most recent version of the Conditions for the loan and use of the Online Filing software
(http://docs.epoline.org/onlinefilingdocs/olf-license-en.pdf).
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Document contents
This document describes the most important aspects of the installation of Online Filing (OLF)
version 5.10.
Online Filing enables users to file patent applications under the EP, PCT and national
procedures of the EPO, WIPO, and the national offices electronically, using secure Internet
connections and state-of-the-art electronic commerce technology for secure transactions.
Intended audience
This guide is intended for administrators who are responsible for installing and providing
support for Online Filing software in networks or on stand-alone PCs.
Document structure
 The chapter Online Filing – overview (p. 7) provides a basic explanation of how OLF
works and includes links to various support material on installing and using the software.
 The chapter Installation requirements (p. 10) provides an overview of installing OLF on
Microsoft Windows operating systems and describes the hardware and software
requirements.
 The chapter Initial installation (p. 14) describes how to install OLF version 5.10 for the first
time and select the appropriate installation mode.
 The chapter Installation maintenance (p. 39) describes how to perform a reinstallation to
update the OLF software (including national plug-ins).
 The chapter Uninstalling (p. 52) describes how to completely uninstall the OLF software.
 The chapter Reinstallation with data migration (p. 58) explains how to restore OLF after a
fatal error and how to migrate to another computer and import all existing data.
 The chapter Using the PMS gateway interface (p. 63) outlines the steps needed to use
and configure the PMS gateway interface.
 The chapter Troubleshooting (p. 65) provides help on how to troubleshoot the software
and offers solutions to specific problems.
 The annex (p. 76) contains various reference information and lists, including tips on how
to solve specific installation problems.
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Online Filing – overview
3.1
Online Filing help
The EPO operates a helpdesk for Online Filing users.
Send us your question using our contact form on the EPO website at
www.epo.org/contact-form.
Our experts will get back to you as soon as possible.
You can also reach us by phone or e-mail:
Open:
Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 18:00 (CET)
Phone:
00800 8020-2020 (free call from most countries worldwide)
E-mail:
support@epo.org
Internet:
Online filing on the EPO website: www.epo.org/online-filing
Contact us online on the EPO website: www.epo.org/contact
Visit the Online filing discussion forum (English only):
http://forums.epo.org/onlineservices-your-say-online-filing/
Online Services forum
You will find a lot of advice and information on the EPO's Online Services discussion forum
(http://forums.epo.org/onlineservices/). As a registered user, you can post questions and
exchange experiences on the subject of Online Filing or other online services. The EPO's
experts or other users will answer your questions and help where possible to solve your
problem. The Online Services forum is only available in English.
Documentation
More information on how to use Online Filing can be found in the user guide for version 5.10
and other documents. You can access this documentation on the EPO website under
Applying for a patent > Online services > Online filing > Download documentation
(http://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/documentation.html).
Information on the system settings, user administration, and importing and exporting data can
also be found in the File Manager online help. Server Manager functions, in particular
backup/restore, network settings and Live Update, are described in both the user guide and
the online help.
FAQs
In addition, Customer Services has compiled a list of frequently asked questions on how to
use Online Filing. This and a lot more information besides can be found on the EPO website
under Applying for a patent > Online services > Online filing > FAQ
(http://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/faq.html).
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3.2
How Online Filing works
Online Filing is based on a typical client/server architecture with database. The application
can be installed in either client/server or stand-alone mode.
 In the network version (client/server mode) the OLF server and the database are
installed on a server computer linked to the network. The OLF thin client is the actual user
interface and is separately installed on each workstation for the different users. The
distributed OLF thin clients communicate with the OLF server via the network.
 In the stand-alone version the server and client both run on the same physical computer.
In this case, only a single user can work with Online Filing.
OLF services, OLF server and OLF database
The Firebird database server - an open-source software application - serves as the platform
for OLF services and has both read and write access to the Firebird database. The database
operates as a central storage area, containing all data on patent applications, OLF user
administration and the OLF address book. Running on the Firebird database server are the
OLF services, including File Manager, the plug-ins for all EP procedures and the activated
national procedures. These services are operated and the database is administered using the
Online Filing 5.0 Server Manager installed on the server computer.
User connections via the thin client
Starting the thin client automatically launches File Manager which manages all applications
and features various different resources for OLF administration, including tools for user
settings and authorisation management. In File Manager, a new OLF session is started for
every application opened. The OLF server does this by retrieving the relevant data from the
database and blocking this record for other users. This ensures that an application can only
ever be processed by one user at a time.
Data exchange between the server, client and filing office
The GUI engine generates the data for the electronic forms and sends it to the OLF thin client.
As soon as the user enters data, the thin client saves it in a temporary XML file on the client
computer. Only when the user actively saves the application on the client is the data sent to
the server and written to the database. When the application is closed, the client deletes the
temporary data from the hard disk and terminates the server connection. This unblocks the
modified record in the database so that it can be edited once more by another user.
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Figure 1: Communication between the OLF thin client, OLF server and the filing office
To send an application to the EPO - or another filing office - the client sets up a secure internet
connection to the EPO's receiving server via HTTPS. User authentication is necessary before
you can start filing and is done with your personal smart card and PIN. If filing is successful,
the EPO's receiving server sends a receipt to the OLF client which, in turn, transmits this data
to the local OLF service in PDF and XML format. Filing is now complete and the application's
status in the database changes to Sent.
3.3
Communication via CORBA or SOAP
The thin client has two ways of communicating with the OLF server: via CORBA for the
internal network (LAN) or via SOAP for the internet (WAN).
CORBA communication
For low-level communication between the Thin Client and the OLF Server within a LAN, the
CORBA-IIOP protocol is preferable. At network level communication, the IIOP port (CORBA
port) can be configured separately for the OLF File Manager and for every service
(EP1001E2K, EP1200E2K, EP1038E, EPOPPO, PCT/RO/101, etc.)

For stand-alone installation, all communication is done by CORBA. The OLF software is
configured in such a way that it rejects any connection attempt using one of the SOAP
ports on a stand-alone installation.
SOAP communication
If you are using Online Filing in a company with subsidiaries connected through a WAN, you
may want to use SOAP communication instead of CORBA. Although small performance
losses might occur, SOAP can penetrate firewalls as communication is based on the HTTPS
protocol.
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
Please note that SOAP is not compatible with the PCT/RO/101 service. The
PCT/RO/101 plug-in can only communicate with the OLF server via CORBA.
The CORBA and SOAP ports are usually configured during installation; see Setting CORBA
and SOAP ports (p. 27). Each service has to have a separate port on the server for
communication with the thin client. The ports in question must not be used by other processes
on the server computer.
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Installation requirements
The Online Filing software can only be installed and only runs on computers with a
suitable Windows operating system. Operating systems such as Linux or Mac OS are
not supported.
To install and run EPO Online Filing you will need:
 a smart card and a smart card reader
 the latest version of the Online Filing software
 a PC with Internet access
A starter kit containing a smart card and smart card reader and other information material can
be obtained from the EPO free of charge.
 To order your starter kit, go to the EPO website at Online services > Online filing
(http://www.epo.org/online-filing).
 Follow the instructions to register and submit your data.
Your smart card will be sent to you in around four weeks.
Once you have enrolled online for a smart card you will receive an e-mail containing your
enrolment form.
 Please print this form out, check your data, sign the form and return it to the address
shown on the form.
4.1
Latest version of the OLF software
The latest version of the OLF software, including all new updates and patches, is always
available for download on the EPO website. You will find the downloads under Applying for a
patent > Online services > Online filing > Download software for filing with the EPO
(http://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/download.html).
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Description of download
Name of download file
Remarks
5.0.10 Full package for installation
of Online Filing (OLF) V5 (Build
5.0.10.161) (stand-alone and/or
server and thin client)
OFL510.exe
Suitable for all types of installation
Where? Under Software, at the top
of the Download page
EXE and MSI file for installation of
Online Filing version 5 (thin client)
Where? Under More software Other installations at the bottom
of the Download page
4.2
The ZIP file contains
The EXE file is for installing and
OLF510client.exe and updating the thin client on all Windows
versions.
OLF510client.msi
The MSI file is especially for remote
installation or automated software
distribution in a network. This
installation file should not be used for
updates.
Hardware requirements
To use the OLF software, your hardware should meet the following minimal requirements:
 Intel Pentium 4 processor (or equivalent), 2.4 GHz (or more, depending on operating
system)
 RAM: 2 GB (4 GB, depending on operating system)
 4 GB of available hard disk space, at least 20 GB recommended for server installation with
database
 Monitor: resolution 1024*768 or higher
 Smart card reader, e.g. GemPC Twin, connected to USB port
Server machine
For use as an OLF server, a computer should be powerful enough to run the OLF services and
all other current applications at the same time and with ease. In particular, it should have
sufficient disk space to host the OLF database and create backup copies.

If your computer's hard disk is formatted with the FAT32 file system, the OLF database
is limited in size to 2 GB. The NTFS file system, on the other hand, does not impose any
restrictions.
As a rule, it is advisable to keep the size of the OLF database under 4.5 GB so that a backup
copy fits on a DVD. The larger the database, the longer it takes to complete operations such
as updates, backups and restores. You can work much faster with a more moderately sized
database.
You will need free disk space equivalent to three times the size of the OLF database for future
updates. For example, if the database is 4.5 GB in size, you will need at least 13.5 GB free
disk space for the software update.
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For more information on updating the database and cleaning disk space, see Updating the
server (p. 40) and Compressing the database (p. 50).
4.3
Software requirements
The following operating systems are supported for running EPO Online Filing version 5.10:
 Microsoft Windows Vista (SP2), 32-bit and 64-bit
 Microsoft Windows 7 (SP1), 32-bit and 64-bit
 Microsoft Windows 8/8.1, 32-bit and 64-bit
 Microsoft Windows 10, 32-bit and 64-bit
 Microsoft Windows Server 2008, 32-bit
 Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, 64-bit
 Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, 64-bit
 Microsoft Windows Server 2016, 64-bit
Arial Unicode font
Online Filing requires the Arial Unicode MS (TTF) font for both the server installation and the
client installation. This font is automatically installed if you are using Microsoft Office 2013 or a
previous version.

Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions and Microsoft Office 2016 do not provide the Arial
Unicode font anymore. If you have a brand new computer, you have to install the font
from another source, e. g. a computer which has one of the previous versions of
Microsoft Office installed.
The Arial Unicode font is also available for license from Ascender Corporation
(http://www.ascenderfonts.com).
To install Arial Unicode on a server - without installing the actual Office programs at the same
time - proceed as follows:
 Use a Microsoft Office installation CD-ROM/DVD or installation file.
 Select the Custom installation mode.
 Under Office Shared Features, select the Universal font and the Additional True Type
fonts options.
 Deselect all other MS Office components that you do not want to install.
 Start the installation.
The file ARIALUNI.TTF should be in the folder /Windows/Fonts. If it is elsewhere, you will be
asked during installation to specify the exact path.
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Additional software for the thin client
The following additional software must be installed on the computer for the OLF thin client or
stand-alone version:
 Adobe Acrobat Reader version 11 or higher.
 Gemalto Classic Client 6.3.5
There are different installation files for 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
 Gemplus driver for the smart card reader
The drivers are normally automatically installed if the Gemalto Classic Client was installed
and the smart card reader was connected to the computer.
The EPO provides registered users with a free Online Services starter kit. The starter kit
contains a smart card, a smart card reader and information material with direct links for
downloading the additional software such as the latest version of the Gemalto Classic Client.
4.4
Windows user rights
To set the rights for a Windows user, you can either assign an account type to the user's
account (Control Panel > User Accounts) or add the user to a local group (Administrative
Tools > Computer Management > Local Users and Groups).
The Windows user rights required for OLF correspond to the default account types or groups
as follows:
Action
Account type / group
Install the OLF software
Administrator / Administrators
Start Server Manager (network version / stand-alone version) Administrator / Administrators
Start the thin client (network version / stand-alone version)
Standard user / Users
Adapting rights
If your company has a special rights management system, compare the rights in your groups
with those in the standard Windows groups. Where necessary, change the rights for your
groups to give Online Filing users unrestricted access.
Run as administrator
A standard user who is logged on can start programs with administrator rights without having
to first log off. Windows prompts you to enter an administrator username and password when
starting certain programs or changing system settings. Once authentication is complete, you
can proceed as an administrator.

Even if you are already logged on as an administrator, you must start OLF Server
Manager with the option Run as administrator; see Testing the server (p. 31).
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4.5
Further information
Service status in Windows
The services used by Online Filing are configured during installation to start automatically with
Windows; see Checking the status of the OLF server and OLF services (p. 65). Make sure that
your system allows you to configure services that start automatically before you install the
OLF software.
Using remote-access software
Remote-access software can generally be used without any problems. Select the /console
option if working with Microsoft Remote Desktop. This option may appear as /admin,
depending on the operating system used.
Display settings in Windows
The font size for the screen should be set to 100%; see Optimising the display settings (p. 71).
5
Initial installation
The following chapters describe how to install EPO Online Filing on Windows 7 (64-bit). Any
deviations from this procedure for installation on other Windows versions are indicated at the
appropriate place in the text.
 Read Checklist: Initial installation for client/server mode (p. 14) or Checklist: Initial
installation for stand-alone mode (p. 15) if you have never installed any earlier versions of
Online Filing on the target machine and you want to install Online Filing for the first time.
 If you want to operate Online Filing in a network, first install the server; see Server
installation (p. 18). Then install the thin client for each user; see Thin client installation
(p. 34).
 If you only want to operate Online Filing on a single PC, select Stand-alone installation
(p. 38) as the installation mode.
 If you have already installed Online Filing and now want to update it, refer to the chapter
Installation maintenance (p. 39).
5.1
Checklist: Initial installation for client/server mode
The following checklist details the most important steps for installing the software for the first
time in a client/server network.
 Make sure you have the latest installation files to hand; see Latest version of the OLF
software (p. 10)
 Choose how you want to use the application, i.e. in a network with server and client(s) or
in stand-alone mode; see How Online Filing works (p. 8)
 Ask future users where (i.e. with which national office) they want to file applications online
so that the relevant plug-ins are activated when OLF is installed
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 Install any additional software necessary; see Software requirements (p. 12)
– Arial Unicode font (for server and client)
– Adobe Acrobat Reader (for client)
– Gemalto Classic Client and Gemplus smart card driver (for client)
 Make note of the data for configuring the OLF server in your network:
– IP address and host name of the server computer
– HTTP port number on the server to be used for OLF online help
– CORBA and SOAP ports on the server that are available (or disabled or already in
use)
– IP address, host name and port of the proxy server (if a proxy server is used to set up
the internet connection to the EPO)
– If necessary, username and password for the proxy server
 Give all users in your network ample warning of the impending server disruption as it will
have to be restarted after the OLF server has been installed
 Install the OLF server; see Server installation (p. 18)
 Start Server Manager and check the status of all OLF services; see Testing the server
(p. 31)
 Use Live Update to check if there are any updates or patches available for Online Filing;
see Performing a live update (p. 33)
– Download all updates
– Install all updates
– Restart all OLF services in Server Manager
– If necessary, restart the OLF server machine
 Install a thin client (see "Thin client installation" p. 34) for the Online Filing administrator
first. Then, in demo mode, send a test application to a filing office's OLF demo server; see
Testing the thin client (p. 37)
 Configure all users and groups for your company staff under User Administration in the
OLF File Manager
 Install the thin clients for all users and any additional software that is necessary
 Test the client/server connection; see Testing the thin client (p. 37)
5.2
Checklist: Initial installation for stand-alone mode
The following checklist details the most important steps for stand-alone installation.
 Make sure you have the latest installation files to hand: see Latest version of the OLF
software (p. 10)
 Choose how you want to use the application, i.e. in a network with server and client(s) or
in stand-alone mode; see How Online Filing works (p. 8)
 Ask future users where (i.e. with which national office) they want to file applications online
so that the relevant plug-ins are activated when OLF is installed
 Install any additional software necessary; see Software requirements (p. 12)
– Arial Unicode font
– Adobe Acrobat Reader
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


– Gemalto Classic Client and Gemplus smart card driver
Make note of the data for the configuration in your network:
– IP address, host name and port of the proxy server (if a proxy server is used to set up
the internet connection to the EPO)
– If necessary, username and password for the proxy server
Install the OLF software; see Stand-alone installation (p. 38)
Start Server Manager and check the status of all OLF services; see Testing the server
(p. 31)
Use Live Update to check if there are any updates or patches available for Online Filing;
see Performing a live update (p. 33)
– Download all updates
– Install all updates
– Restart all OLF services in Server Manager
– If necessary, restart the stand-alone machine too
5.3
Starting installation
 Log on to the computer as a Windows administrator; see Windows user rights (p. 13).
 Quit all Windows programs.
Running the downloaded installation file
You will find the downloads on the EPO website under Applying for a patent > Online
services > Online filing > Download software for filing with the EPO
(http://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/download.html).
 To run the installer, right-click the OFL510.exe file and select Run as administrator.

Even if you are already logged on as a Windows administrator, you must start the OLF
installation explicitly with the option Run as administrator.
 To confirm the security warning, click Yes in the User Account Control window.
Windows Installer starts the installation wizard.
Selecting the language
 Select the language for the installation process in the next window.
The default setting is EN for English.
This initial language setting applies for the installation process only. You can change the
language of the Online Filing user interface later in File Manager.
 Click OK.
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Figure 2: Selecting the language for installation
The window Welcome to the Online Filing 5.10 Installation Wizard appears.
 Please read the legal notices and the terms of use for the Online Filing software.
 If you do not want to start the installation now, click Cancel.
 To start the installation, click Next.
Figure 3: Welcome to the Installation Wizard
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5.4
Installation mode
 Select the installation mode in the following window.
The default setting is Stand alone installation.
Figure 4: Selecting installation mode
This table summarises the various uses of the Online Filing software.
Planned use of OLF software
Installation mode Action
You want to use Online Filing on a single
computer only
Stand alone
installation
Installs the stand-alone version
on the local computer
Many users in a corporate network are to use
OLF and access a central database
Server
installation
Installs the OLF server on the
local computer only
A single user is to use OLF on his workstation
which is networked to the OLF server
Client
installation
Installs the OLF thin client on the
local computer only
5.5
Server installation
Before installing the OLF server, make sure that the destination drive also has sufficient free
disk space for future use. Remember that the OLF database will grow over time and can store
several GB of data.
 Select Server installation as the mode of installation; see Installation mode (p. 18).
 Click Next.
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Specifying the destination folder
The default program folder for installation is C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5 on a 64-bit
system and C:\Program Files\EPO_OLF5 on a 32-bit operating system.
The default database location is C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\db\ and C:\Program
Files\EPO_OLF5\db\, respectively.
 Click the first Browse button to select a different folder for installation, for instance, on
another drive.

Attention: Make sure the folder you select will only be used by Online Filing as it will be
completely deleted in the event of uninstallation. If necessary, create a new folder on the
destination drive. Never install the software directly in the root directory of a partition.
 Click the second Browse button to modify the database location.
 Click Next to use the selected folders or the default destination folders.
Figure 5: Selecting the destination folder for installation
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5.5.1
Installation type
All national procedures compatible with Online Filing are integrated by default in the software
as standalone plug-ins and are systematically installed. To be able to work with the plug-ins,
however, you must activate them one by one.
The Select installation type window offers two options:
 Typical
– Installs the default services: File Manager, Server Manager, EP(1001E),
Euro-PCT(1200E), EP(1038E), EP(OPPO), PCT/RO/101, PCT-DEMAND
(PCT/IPEA/401) and PCT-SFD.
– Installs all national plug-ins without activating them.
 Custom
– Installs the default services and all national plug-ins.
– Also activates selected national plug-in; see Activating national plug-ins (p. 21).
 Select the appropriate option.
 Click Next.
Figure 6: Selecting installation type
You can activate national plug-ins either when installing the software or later in Server
Manager.
 The advantage of activating the services during installation is that they are immediately
available.
 In Server Manager you can activate or deactivate the plug-ins as required.
For more information on Server Manager features, refer to the online help for Server Manager
or the user guide for Online Filing version 5.10.
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5.5.2
Activating national plug-ins
The following window only appears if you selected Custom as the installation type. You can
skip this chapter if you selected Typical in the previous step.
The Online Filing features (i.e. services) available are displayed in a tree structure on the left.
A feature description, including version number, is displayed on the right.
File Manager (EPO OLF File Manager), all EPO OLF plug-ins and the PCT plug-in are
selected by default for installation. You cannot deactivate these standard services.
Figure 7: Overview of the EPO OLF plug-ins
The icons in the installation tree have the following meaning:
Control
Function
Show child items in tree.
Hide child items.
Feature will be installed on local hard drive.
Feature will be installed with some of its child features.
Feature will be installed with all child features.
Feature will be left unchanged
Feature will not be installed/will be uninstalled.
 Expand the tree under Other procedures to open the list of national plug-ins.
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Figure 8: All national plug-ins installed with Online Filing
 Select the plug-in you want to activate, either in groups or individually.
Figure 9: Activating national plug-ins
 When you are ready, click Next to continue.
Figure 10: Multiple national plug-ins selected for activation
The following window warns you that reinstalling Online Filing can overwrite earlier updates.
 If you are installing the software for the first time, click Next, because the warning does not
apply in this case.
 If you are unsure and would like to save your data before proceeding with the installation,
click Cancel.
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Figure 11: Warning in the case of user-defined installation
5.5.3
Confirming installation settings
You are given a last chance to change your settings or cancel installation before the
installation proper begins.
The Ready to Install the Application window provides three options:
 Back – check (and where necessary change) settings
 Next – start installation
 Cancel – cancel installation without copying files to your computer
 Click Next to continue.
Figure 12: Options still available to begin installation, cancel it or go back
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The Updating System window appears and indicates the installation progress.
Figure 13: Installation progress
5.5.4
Enabling user management
The access to Online Filing can be protected by assigning an administrator password. For the
purposes of data security, this is highly recommended, as otherwise, any random user could
modify important data and settings in Online Filing.
For more information on user management, refer to the user guide for Online Filing
version 5.10.
User management not enabled
The option is not protected by password is selected by default. This means that user
management is not enabled for Online Filing.
If you do not enable user management when installing the software you can do so afterwards
in File Manager's system preferences.
Enabling user management and entering the Administrator's password
When you install Online Filing, an initial user named Administrator is automatically created.
This user can then create additional users and groups and assign them specific privileges
under User Administration in OLF File Manager. The Administrator user can be neither
modified nor deleted.
Only the Administrator user or another user from the Administrators group in production
mode is authorised to run Server Manager and administer the OLF services and OLF
database.
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
When installation is complete, make sure you start File Manager in production mode and
create a second user with full administrator rights. This user will be able to unblock the
initial administrator if his or her access to Online Filing is blocked after entering the
wrong password three times in succession.
 Select the option is protected by the following password.
The Administrator user name cannot be changed.
 Enter the Password for the administrator.
 Re-enter the password in the Confirm password field.
 Click Next.
Figure 14: Setting password protection for Online Filing access
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5.5.5
Enabling password policy
If user management was selected in the previous step, password policy is automatically also
enabled. The Enable Password Management check box is selected and locked.
 Click Next.
Figure 15: Password policy is automatically enabled
If the Administrator user's password does not comply with the default password policy, he or
she is prompted to provide a new password in File Manager when logging on to Online Filing
the first time.
The default password policy requires a password complying with these rules:
1. Password length: minimum 6 characters (i.e. letters, special characters or digits),
maximum 20 characters
2. Minimum number of lowercase characters: 1
3. Minimum number of uppercase characters: 1
4. Minimum number of special characters: 0
These special characters are allowed:
! # $ % * + , - . / : ; = ? @ [ \ ] ^ _ { } ~
5. Minimum number of digits: 1
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5.5.6
Setting CORBA and SOAP ports
In this window, you can change the CORBA and SOAP ports for the individual OLF services.
For example, the default CORBA port for the EPO OLF File Manager service (File Manager) is
11000 and the default SOAP port is 21000. The EPO OLF PCT service (PCT/RO/101 plug-in)
can only be used with CORBA. A SOAP port is thus not provided for it.
Figure 16: CORBA and SOAP communication ports
 Scroll down the list to check the ports for the plug-ins you activated.
 Modify the settings for CORBA and SOAP ports as required.
 Click Next.
You will find a list of all plug-ins and the default ports used by Online Filing in the annex under
OLF services and ports (p. 80).

5.5.7
Certain antivirus software products can detect the use of these high ports, suggesting
malign software or a Trojan horse has infected your system. Please configure your
antivirus software or firewall accordingly so as to allow the plug-ins to use these ports.
Network settings
The OLF software's online help is displayed as HTML pages in the Web browser. This is why
the OLF server has its own inbuilt Web server where the OLF clients can go to retrieve help
pages. This HTTP server has the same IP address in the network as the OLF server.
TCP/IP uses port 80 by default for HTTP connections. As a result, the OLF installation
program always assigns the OLF server HTTP port number 88 to avoid conflicts with other
Web servers on the same computer.
 Enter your server's HTTP IP Address.
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
The installation program recognises and automatically enters the computer's current IP
address. If your server uses a dynamic IP address, enter the server name instead of the
IP address to guarantee that the clients can access the OLF server via its name in the
network, even if its IP address changes regularly.
 Modify the HTTP Port number if required.
The SSL Version is set to TLSv1 by default and cannot be changed. Online Filing will
automatically choose the highest TLS version available on your computer when connecting to
the EPO OLF server for submissions.
Figure 17: HTTP settings for the OLF server
5.5.8
Proxy settings
Corporate networks mostly use a proxy server to set up internet connections. When operating
in such environments, Online Filing also has to use a proxy server to set up a connection to
the EPO to transmit data to the filing office or download updates from the EPO website; see
Performing a live update (p. 33).
 Enter the IP address or the name of the proxy server in the Proxy Server field.
 Enter the number of the relevant proxy server port in the field after the colon.
 If necessary, enter the username and password for logging on to the proxy server.
You can change these settings later in Server Manager.

Attention: The username and password for the proxy user are saved in unencrypted
form in the file OLFfm.conf. As a result, these credentials should not be identical to your
Windows login credentials.
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Figure 18: Settings for internet access via a proxy server
Applying the browser's connection settings
If you are not familiar with the proxy settings in your network, try using your browser settings.
 In the Windows Control Panel: Go to Network and Internet > Internet Options >
Connections > LAN settings
 Internet Explorer: Select Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN settings
If your system uses a proxy server, you will find the address and the port here; see Error:
"Connection aborted on request" (p. 73).
 Mozilla Firefox: Select Tools > Options > Advanced > Network > Settings
Additional information is displayed here depending on the configuration.
If Use system proxy settings is selected, Firefox applies the settings under Internet
Options in the Windows Control Panel, see above.
 If in doubt, consult your network administrator.
5.5.9
Configuring Live Update for national procedures
In the next window, select the countries for which Online Filing should search for and install
updates using the automatic Live Update mechanism. You will receive new or updated
plug-ins for the national procedures of the selected countries as soon as they are released by
the EPO.
If you selected national plug-ins for activation in the course of Custom installation, the
relevant countries are selected here by default.
 Select additional countries so that the corresponding plug-ins are also updated regularly.
– You can also select countries here for which an OLF plug-in does not yet exist.
– You can change the countries later in Server Manager.
 Click Next.
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Figure 19: Selecting countries for Live Update
5.5.10 Completing the server installation
The installation program copies all data for the OLF server and the OLF plug-ins to the
selected program folder.
If your computer is equipped with a desktop firewall, it may now display a number of warnings
indicating that an unknown program is trying to access your computer. Check carefully that
these are the program files used by OLF before you allow them through the firewall; see OLF
services and ports (p. 80).
Reminder for thin client update/installation
The next window informs you that you should also update any thin clients installed.
The installation file for the thin client (OLF510client.exe or OLF510client.msi) is located
in the installation directory C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\ThinClient_v500.
Alternatively, you can download the installation file; see Latest version of the OLF software
(p. 10).
 Click OK in the message box.
The following window will be displayed to inform you that installation has been successfully
completed.
 Click Finish.
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Figure 20: Online Filing has been successfully installed
You are prompted to restart the computer.
 Click Restart now.
Figure 21: Restarting your computer to complete the installation process
If you cannot see this window, it might be hidden behind other windows on your screen.
 Press ALT+TAB to toggle between the windows.
5.5.11 Testing the server
The installation program creates the EPO Online Filing program group in the Windows Start
menu, containing the Online Filing 5.0 Server Manager item. In Windows 8.1, you will find a
new app group on the Apps screen.
Figure 22: Shortcuts in Windows 7 (Start menu), Windows 8.1 (Apps screen) and Windows 10 (Start menu)
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Starting Server Manager
 Right-click the Online Filing 5.0 Server Manager item.
– In Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, select Run as administrator in the shortcut menu.
– In Windows 10, select More > Run as administrator in the shortcut menu.
 Click Yes in the User Account Control window.
 If you are not the Windows administrator, you must now enter his or her Windows
username and password.
Saving shortcut properties
You can save the option Run as administrator in the Online Filing 5.0 Server Manager
shortcut so that you don't have to remember to right-click every time.
 To edit the shortcut properties, do one of the following:
– In Windows 7, locate the shortcut in the Start menu.
– In Windows 8.1, right-click the item in the Apps screen and select Open file location
to locate the shortcut.
– In Windows 10, right-click the item in the Start menu and select More > Open file
location to locate the shortcut.
 Right-click the Online Filing 5.0 Server Manager shortcut and select Properties in the
shortcut menu.
 Click the Shortcut tab.
 Click the Advanced button.
 Select the check box Run as administrator.
 Click OK.
 Return to the Properties window and click OK once more.
The next time you click (or double-click) the shortcut to start Server Manager, you only have to
click Yes in the User Account Control window.
Checking the status of services in Server Manager
 Log on as Administrator in the login window using the administrator password set during
installation.
Server Manager opens at the Services tab.
 Check if all OLF services are running, i.e. Running should appear in the Status column.
If you activated national plug-ins during custom installation, their status should also be
Running.
 If you want to activate an additional national plug-in now, select it and click the Activate
Service icon.
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Figure 23: Checking services running in Server Manager and activating services
 To start the service you just activated, click the Start as service icon.
Figure 24: Starting an activated service in Server Manager
5.5.12 Performing a live update
Before starting to install the thin clients for your users, you should first check your server
installation for updates. To do so, use the Live Update function in Server Manager.
 Start Server Manager as the Administrator user.
 Click the Settings tab.
 Click Check Now in the lower part of the Server Manager window.
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Live Update searches the EPO server for updates and patches for your installation, as well as
for national plug-ins for the states you selected. If Live Update finds new updates, it outputs an
appropriate message.
 In the message, click Yes to continue.
The Live Update window displays the new updates available for your installation.
 Download the updates or patches one after the other (Download), and then install them
(Install).
Figure 25: Downloading patches via Live Update
Alternatively, you can download the updates and patches from the EPO website and install
them manually.
For more information on how to use Live Update, refer to the online help for Server Manager
or the user guide for Online Filing version 5.10.
5.6
Thin client installation
An OLF server should have been installed in your network before you install a thin client. For
more information, see Server installation (p. 18).
To install the thin client, you can either revert to the installation file OFL510.exe or the thin
client installation files. You can find the thin client installation files OLF510client.exe or
OLF510client.msi in the program folder C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5\ThinClient_v500 (C:\Program Files\EPO_OLF5\ThinClient_v500 on
32-bit systems) on the server PC following OLF server installation.
You can also download the latest version of the thin client installation files from the EPO
website; see Latest version of the OLF software (p. 10).
Installation with the .exe file
The .exe file can be used to install and update the thin client on all Windows operating
systems. You can update the thin client directly with the .exe file without having to uninstall it
first.
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Most established automated software distribution systems are able to distribute this file type.
Installation with the .msi package
The .msi file can be used to install the client for the first time, particularly in remote mode.
Should installation with the .msi package fail, use the .exe file instead.
If you want to update the thin client with a new .msi file, you must first uninstall the older
version completely. Otherwise, the installation routine will output an appropriate message.
As system administrator, you can save a lot of time by installing the client on all workstations
from a batch file in silent mode. For more information; see Installing the thin client in silent
mode (p. 84).
5.6.1
Starting thin client installation
The following steps describe how to install the thin client with OLF510client.exe.
 Log on to the computer as a Windows administrator.
 Right-click the installation file and select Run as administrator.
 To confirm the security warning, click Yes in the User Account Control window.
Windows Installer starts the installation wizard.
Selecting the language
 Select the language for the installation process in the next window.
The thin client will open in this language the first time you start it up after installation. You
can change the language later under User Preference in File Manager. In addition to
English, French, German and Spanish, you can also choose Dutch, Romanian, Slovak,
Polish and Swedish.
 Select the language you want from the list. The default setting is EN for English.
 Click OK.
The Welcome to the Online Filing Client 5.0 Installation Wizard appears.
 Click Next.
Specifying the destination folder
The default program folder for installing the thin client is C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5-TC (C:\Program Files\EPO_OLF5-TC on 32-bit systems).
 Click Next to use this destination folder.
or
Click Browse to select or create a different folder for installation, for instance, on another
drive.
Confirming the settings for installation
You are given a last chance to change your settings or cancel installation before the
installation proper begins.
The Ready to Install the Application window provides three options:
 Back – check (and where necessary change) settings
 Next – start installation
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 Cancel – cancel installation without copying files to your computer
 Click Next to continue.
The Updating System window appears and indicates the installation progress.
5.6.2
Setting the connection to the server
The Server address information window prompts you to enter the IP address of the OLF
server component to which the thin client should set up a connection.
You can select CORBA or SOAP as the method of connection for communication with the
server; see Communication via CORBA or SOAP (p. 9).

CORBA is recommended, since SOAP, due to its HTTP wrapping, will not be as fast as
CORBA communication.
 Enter the IP address or the computer name of your OLF server under IP Address.
 Under Port, enter the port that you set for File Manager (EPO OLF File Manager) when
installing the OLF server; see Setting CORBA and SOAP ports (p. 27).
The default setting is 11000 in CORBA and 21000 in SOAP.
 Click Connect to start the client immediately and thereby test the File Manager
connection to the OLF Server.
 Click Cancel to defer configuring the setting.
 Click Save to proceed with installation.
Figure 26: Data for the connection to the server
A window will appear at the end of the process to inform you that the Online Filing client 5.0
has been successfully installed.
 Click Finish.
You can start working with the OLF thin client immediately, without restarting your computer.
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5.6.3
Testing the thin client
The installation program creates the EPO Online Filing program group in the Windows Start
menu, containing the items Online Filing 5.0 Client and Online Filing Client 5.0 settings. In
Windows 8.1, you will find a new app group on the Apps screen.
Figure 27: Shortcuts in Windows 7 (Start menu), Windows 8.1 (Apps screen) and Windows 10 (Start menu)
Starting the thin client
 Click Online Filing Client 5.0.
The Online Filing File Manager starts.
 Log on with your username and password.
 Select either production mode or demo mode.
Production mode and demo mode each have a separate user management system. As a
result, a username and password has to be set for every user in both modes.
Changing connection settings for the thin client
If the client is unable to set up a connection to the server, check the OLF server data, i.e. IP
address or server name and port number (CORBA or SOAP) for File Manager.
 Click Online Filing Client 5.0 settings.
The Server address information window appears; see Setting the connection to the
server (p. 36).
 Change the connection data as required.
Sending an application to the demo server
 Start File Manager in demo mode from a client PC.
 Create a new application, for instance, with the Form EP(1038E).
 Attach a document.
 Insert your smart card into the reader connected to the workstation to digitally sign the
application.
 Send the application to the EPO's demo server.
If no errors occur during the transfer operation and you receive your demo acknowledgement
of receipt, everything is in order.
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5.7
Stand-alone installation
In stand-alone installation, the Online Filing server and the Online Filing thin client are both
installed on the same stand-alone computer. Following this type of installation, the OLF server
cannot be accessed by other workstations, even if the computers are networked with each
other. During installation, the client is automatically configured to point to the localhost
address.
Preparation
 Log on to the computer as a Windows administrator; see Windows user rights (p. 13).
 Install the additional software; see Software requirements (p. 12).
The installation process
Stand-alone installation is basically identical to server installation, but it also installs the thin
client.
 Start the installation with OFL510.exe; see Starting installation (p. 16).
 Select the standalone installation option as the mode of installation; see Installation
mode (p. 18).
 Follow the instructions as described under Server installation (p. 18).
The HTTP IP address of the OLF server is automatically set to localhost and cannot be
changed.
Figure 28: Server address set to localhost in the stand-alone version
When installation is complete, you are prompted to restart your computer.
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Testing the stand-alone version
The installation program creates the EPO Online Filing program group in the Windows Start
menu, containing the Online Filing 5.0 item. In Windows 8.1, you will find a new app group on
the Apps screen.
Figure 29: Shortcuts in Windows 7 (Start menu), Windows 8.1 (Apps screen) and Windows 10 (Start menu)
Starting Server Manager and running Live Update
See Testing the server (p. 31) and Performing a live update (p. 33) for installing the server.
Starting Online Filing (client)
 Select Programs > EPO Online Filing > Online Filing 5.0.
 Log on to File Manager with your username and password.
 Send a demo application to the EPO; see Testing the thin client (p. 37).
6
Installation maintenance
The following chapters describe how to update the Online Filing software. Software
maintenance or updating using the installation program is mainly required in three situations:
A) Updating to a new version
The EPO releases a new version of Online Filing. All users must update their software if they
want to continue to file applications with the EPO.
 For more information, refer to the chapters Updating the server (p. 40), Updating the thin
client (p. 46) and Updating the stand-alone version (p. 48).
B) Repairing the installation in the event of a malfunction
The latest version of Online Filing is already installed but the software or one of the national
plug-ins is no longer working properly. You therefore want to repair the OLF software in the
current version and continue using the same database as before.
 For more information, refer to the chapter Repairing national plug-ins (p. 43).
C) Switching from stand-alone to network-based mode
You want to convert a stand-alone installation into a server installation and migrate all data in
this process.
 For more information, refer to the chapter Converting from stand-alone to server mode
(p. 48).
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6.1
Checklist: Maintenance
The following checklist details the most important steps in the maintenance of an Online Filing
installation using the installation file.
 Finalise the applications that are still being processed and send them all to the relevant
filing office
 Create a database backup in Server Manager (production database and demo database)
 Give all users ample warning of the impending disruption
 Start the installation program and proceed as described for updating the server (p. 40) and
updating the stand-alone version (p. 48)
 Install all updates, either via Live Update or from the downloaded patch files; see
Performing a live update (p. 33)
 Update the thin client for the administrator, start File Manager and check if all the same
data is available as before
 If using customised templates, these have to be updated; see Updating templates (p. 49)
 Reinstall all thin clients too after updating the OLF server; see Updating the thin client
(p. 46)
6.2

Updating the server
If updating from an earlier version of OLF, first finalise all applications still being
processed and submit them to the EPO. Then use Server Manager to create a backup of
the OLF-database; see Backing up data (p. 60).
 Quit all Windows programs.
 To start the installation program on the server computer, right click the OFL510.exe file
and select Run as administrator.
Entering access data
If user management is enabled in production mode and the users in the Administrators
group have been assigned passwords, the installation program recognises that the version of
Online Filing installed is password-protected.

Attention: Do not enter a password here if you have already used your Administrator
user name without a password in production mode, otherwise your Administrator ID will
be blocked.
 Enter the User name and Password for one of the users in the Administrators group.
 Click Next.
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Figure 30: Entering the password for accessing an existing OLF installation
Selecting the installation mode
 In the Welcome window click Next.
 Select Server installation as the mode of installation.
 Proceed through the ensuing steps until the Application Maintenance window appears.
 Select Modify.
 Click Next.
Figure 31: Modifying the Online Filing installation
Shutting down OLF services
The installation program warns you that it will take some time to upgrade Online Filing. It is
advisable to file all applications that are important or urgent before you start the upgrade.
 Give all logged-on users ample warning (at the latest now) of the impending service
disruption.
 Click Next if there are no longer any applications still being processed.
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 Click Yes in the following message to stop all OLF programs or services that are currently
running.
Figure 32: OLF services that are currently running must be stopped to continue the installation
 To shut down the InterBase server, click Yes.
Figure 33: Shutdown InterBase (Firebird) Server
Updating the database
The installation program creates a new database in the course of the update. The data from
the existing database is therefore first copied and then imported into the new database.
The Database Update window lets you select which parts of the previous installation you
want to have carried over. All check boxes are selected by default.
 Clear the check boxes beside the elements you do not want to have carried over to the
updated database.
 Click Next.
Figure 34: Database update
The copies of the production database (eOLFi.gdb) and the demo database (eOLFdi.gdb)
will be stored in a new sub-folder in the Unload folder of the installation directory (default:
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C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\Unload). This new sub-folder is labelled with the
creation date and time during installation, e.g. 20150120_130305.
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6.3
Please make sure that there is enough disk space available if your OLF database is
already very large. You will need at least 2 GB of available hard disk space plus three
times the size of the two databases (eOLFi.gdb and eOLFdi.gdb).
Changing the server settings
The settings for Online Filing can be changed as required within the framework of installation
maintenance. The steps are the same as for the initial installation:
 Administrator password; see Enabling user management (p. 24)
 Password management; see Enabling password policy (p. 26)
 CORBA and SOAP port numbers; see Setting CORBA and SOAP ports (p. 27)
 Network connection; see Network settings (p. 27)
 Connection via the proxy server; see Proxy settings (p. 28)
 Countries for Live Update; see Configuring Live Update for national procedures (p. 29)
After this, the system is updated and the database is repopulated with the previously exported
data. The progress indicator lets you monitor the installation progress.
 Click Finish in the final window.
 Restart your computer.
6.4
Repairing national plug-ins
In Online Filing, all national plug-ins are automatically installed during initial installation. All
you have to do is select whether or not the plug-in should be activated; see Activating national
plug-ins (p. 21).
If at a later stage you want to use a national plug-in that is not available in the Forms folder in
File Manager, you can simply activate it in Server Manager. This makes it available to all
Online Filing users. If you would like Live Update to perform regular checks for updates of this
plug-in, select the appropriate country in the Live Update Countries tab in Server Manager.
You should therefore only use the installation program if a plug-in is no longer working
properly and has to be repaired.
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Attention: Reinstallation overwrites all your current plug-ins with the plug-in versions
available in the installation file. If you have installed updates or patches for your plug-ins
since performing initial installation, you will lose all of these changes. You will therefore
have to reinstall all updates once maintenance is complete.
 Read chapter Checklist: Maintenance (p. 40) in preparation for this step.
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 Make note of the current build number of all plug-ins and the current updates installed.
You will find these under Help > Info in the About File Manager window.
Figure 35: Versions of Online Filing and all plug-ins currently installed
 Scroll to the end of the lower list to see the updates or patches.
 These are the precise updates you will have to reinstall later to bring your OLF
installation up to date.
 Make note of the exact sequence of all updates as displayed in this window.
Figure 36: List of patches already installed
 Make sure that you use the same installation file as for initial installation, otherwise the
OLF database will not integrate properly.
 Now proceed as described under Updating the server (p. 40) to repair plug-ins.
In the Feature Overview window you will again see which version is currently installed (Old
Version) and which version will replace it (New Version).
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In this example, the old version of File Manager (i.e. version currently installed) is more up to
date than the new version (i.e. in the installation file), meaning that no change will be made.
Figure 37: Comparison of the old and new version of EPO OLF File Manager
The plug-ins activated in your installation are automatically selected by default.
 Check the settings for the plug-ins you want to repair.
In this example, the old and the new version are identical so the plug-ins can be reinstalled.
Figure 38: Comparison of the old and new version of the activated plug-ins
 Make sure that you read the warning. Following installation, you will have to reinstall all
patches and updates you previously downloaded.
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Figure 39: Warning about the reinstallation of plug-ins
 Proceed as described under Updating the server (p. 40).
 Download all the updates and patches that previously were installed from the EPO
website.
 Install the updates one by one in the correct sequence (see the figure "List of patches
already installed" above).
6.5
Updating the thin client
After you update the server installation, you should also update all thin clients so that all
workstations are operating with the latest version.
 Start the OLF510client.exe installation file with the option Run as administrator; see
Thin client installation (p. 34).
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If you want to use the OLF510client.msi, it is recommended that you uninstall all thin
clients first. For more information, see Installing the thin client in silent mode (p. 84).
The Modify option is already selected in the Application Maintenance window.
 Click Next.
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Figure 40: Modifying thin client installation
 Change the OLF server connection data as required; see Setting the connection to the
server (p. 36).
 Click Finish in the final window.
The thin client update is now complete.
6.6
Changing the thin client settings
You can change the connection parameters between the thin client and the OLF server in the
Server address information window; see Setting the connection to the server (p. 36).
 Open the Online Filing Client 5.0 settings:
– In Windows 7, go to the Windows Start menu and select Programs > EPO Online
Filing > Online Filing Client 5.0 settings.
– In Windows 8.1, go to the Apps screen, locate the EPO Online Filing group and click
Online Filing Client 5.0 settings.
– In Windows 10, go to the Start menu, click All apps, locate the EPO Online Filing
group and click Online Filing 5.0 settings.
 Right-click the item and select Run as administrator from the shortcut menu.
 Change the settings, e.g. enter the server name instead of the IP address.
 Click Save.
Figure 41: Changing the server address in the thin client settings
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6.7
Updating the stand-alone version
The procedure for updating a stand-alone version is for the most part identical to that for
updating the server.
 Finalise the applications that are still being processed and send them all to the relevant
filing office.
 Create a database backup in Server Manager (production mode and demo mode).
 Start the installation program with the option Run as administrator.
 Select Standalone installation as the mode of installation.
 Proceed as described in Updating the server (p. 40).
In the Network settings window, localhost is set as the server's IP address and cannot
be changed.
 Install all updates, either via Live Update or from the downloaded patch files; see
Performing a live update (p. 33).
6.8
Converting from stand-alone to server mode
If you installed Online Filing in stand-alone mode and are already operating the software
successfully, you may want to make it available to additional staff in your company. For this to
work, you must leave the OLF-database on the same computer but make the computer
accessible via the network.
You do not have to reinstall the OLF server in this case. If the OLF database is installed on a
sufficiently powerful computer, you can simply convert your stand-alone version into a server
installation. Then install the latest OLF thin client on the computers of the relevant staff.

Attention: Make sure the version of Online Filing you install is exactly the same as the
one used in the existing stand-alone version. Make note of all version numbers before
you start the installation; see Repairing national plug-ins (p. 43).
Phase 1: Preparation and data backup
 In preparation for this step, re-read chapter Checklist: Initial installation for client/server
mode (p. 14) so that you have all necessary data to hand.
 Finalise the applications that are still being processed and send them all to the relevant
filing office.
 Create a database backup in Server Manager (production and demo modes).
 Stop the Firebird Server – OLF service in the Windows Services Manager. This will also
terminate all other OLF services; see Checking the status of the OLF server and OLF
services (p. 65).
 For added safety, copy the databases eOLFi.gdb and eOLFdi.gdb to a secure location.
You will find the databases in the program folder C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5\db\. If anything goes wrong when converting your stand-alone version,
you can use these database copies to restore your data.
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Phase 2: Converting the stand-alone version into a server installation
 Start the installation program with the option Run as administrator.
 Select Server installation as the installation mode.
 Proceed through the ensuing steps until the Application Maintenance window appears.
 Select Modify.
 Proceed as described in chapter Updating the server (p. 40), making sure you observe the
following:
– Enter the computer's IP address or server name in the Network settings window.
The localhost setting from the stand-alone installation is still entered as the HTTP IP
Address.
– In the CORBA/SOAP ports window, check if all these ports are accessible on the
computer and, where necessary, change the firewall settings.
 Install all updates, either via Live Update or with the downloaded patch files; see
Performing a live update (p. 33).
Phase 3: Configuring user administration and installing thin clients
 First install a thin client for the Online Filing administrator; see Thin client installation
(p. 34).
 In demo mode, send a test application to a filing office's OLF demo server.
 Configure all users and groups for your company staff under User Administration in the
OLF File Manager.
 Install the thin clients for all users and any additional software that is necessary.
 Test the client/server connection; see Testing the thin client (p. 37).
6.9

Updating templates
Updating Online Filing often results in changes to the data structure in the individual
plug-ins, i.e. in the forms. Remember to also update your templates after a major
update, e.g. from version 5.09 to 5.10.
 Start File Manager and go to the Templates folder.
 Right-click a template and select Edit template in the shortcut menu.
 If a warning about changing fee information appears, click OK.
 Save and close the template.
 Repeat this step for all templates that are still in use.
This makes sure that new applications based on these templates comply with the latest data
structure of the relevant plug-in. Otherwise, the data may not be compatible with the database
on the receiving site and could be refused or incorrectly processed by the filing office.
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6.10
Compressing the database
Your OLF database will grow over time and can reach several GB in size, especially if you
have been using the software for some time already, file a large number of applications or
attach large documents.
The OLF database is not designed as a storage system for data from all applications ever
created. Every time changes are made to procedures, the data structure of the forms also
changes in Online Filing, but not the data structure in the applications and templates you
created. This means that in version 5.10 you may not be able to open and correctly display
older applications, i.e. those created in prior OLF software versions.
It is therefore advisable to archive filed applications and the templates you no longer need at
regular intervals and remove them from the database. Afterwards, you can compress the
database, considerably reducing its size. Performing this kind of maintenance frees up disk
space on the server computer and speeds up Online Filing for all users.
For detailed information on performing backups, exports and imports refer to the online help
for both Server Manager and File Manager or the user guide for Online Filing version 5.10.
Exporting and archiving data with Server Manager
You can use the export filter in Server Manager to selectively export applications at set
intervals. For instance, you can export all applications sent in 2016 and then import them
again afterwards, or you can export the applications sent prior to 2016 and then remove them
permanently from the database.
 Start Server Manager and click the Export tab.
The All Applications view shows all applications.
 To see only the applications already filed, click Sent in the left pane.
 Select the check box Delete items from database after archiving.
 Select the check box Enable Filter.
 Using the two calendar icons
select the first day (the date corresponds to the
applications' last save date) and the last day of the interval you want to set.
 Click Apply Filter.
The list is updated accordingly.
 To select all applications, click
 Click the Export icon.
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The selected applications are exported to the default export directory C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5\tools\smanager\data\ and simultaneously deleted from the database.
Figure 42: All applications sent in July 2011 are marked for export followed by deletion
Creating a new database in Server Manager
 In the Backup tab, click the Empty Database icon.
 Select which data should be copied from the old database to the new one.
 Click OK.
The database will now be compressed; this may take a few minutes.
Figure 43: Selecting the data to be copied to the new database following compression
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Attention: The Empty Database function permanently removes all sent applications.
Importing data with Server Manager
If you want to open sent applications that you already exported, you can re-import them via
Server Manager. We recommend that you start by creating a new folder in File Manager for
the re-imported applications. Set this folder then as the destination import directory:
 Start Server Manager and click the Settings tab.
 To select the folder to be used in File Manager, click the folder icon beside the field Import
directory - destination.
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The default setting is Default Folder.
 Select the folder to be used for importing applications and click OK.
 Then click the Import tab.
All applications in the source import directory (Import directory - source) are displayed.
The default directory is C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\tools\smanager\data\.
 To select all applications, click the
 Click the Import icon.
icon in the column header.
Deleting old database versions
When updating Online Filing, e.g. from version 5.09 to 5.10, the entire database is copied to
the OLF program folder and restored once installation is complete. During the update, you can
choose which parts should be copied to the new database; see Updating the server (p. 40). In
this way, you can remove unwanted data and reduce the size of the database.
The database copies created for the earlier version by the installation program are kept
however and can take up a considerable amount of disk space on the server. You should
therefore remove these too from time to time.
 Open the program folder C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\Unload in Windows
Explorer.
This folder contains one or more subfolders created during previous updates. The
subfolders are named after the creation date, e.g. 20150125_145257 relates to an update
performed on 25.01.2015 at 14.52.57 hrs. Both the production database eOLFi.gdb and
the demo database eOLFdi.gdb are stored in these subfolders.
 Delete all but the newest subfolders.
7
Uninstalling
If you decide you no longer want to run Online Filing on a specific computer, you can uninstall
the software completely.
It is advisable to use the installation program for the OLF server or the OLF thin client also for
uninstalling the software. The first steps are the same as for installation. Then select Remove
in the Application Maintenance window. The uninstallation routine completely removes all
OLF system files and the relevant entries in the Windows registry.
If the installation file you used to install Online Filing is no longer available, you can also
uninstall the software via the Windows Control Panel. Both methods work for the OLF server,
for the thin client and for the stand-alone version.
Saving data for reuse
Before removing the software (and therefore also the OLF database) from the computer, you
should export any data that you still need from Online Filing including, above all, the address
book, the User Administration, the templates and the filed applications. For detailed
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information on the various export methods, refer to the user guide for Online Filing, version
5.10 or the online help for File Manager and Server Manager.
7.1
Checklist: Uninstallation
The following checklist details the most important steps for uninstalling Online Filing using the
installation file.
 Make sure you have to hand the installation file you used to install or last update the
Online Filing software:
– OFL510.exe for uninstalling the OLF server
– OLF510client.exe for uninstalling the OLF thin client
 Check if specific data is still needed for archiving or the import into other programs.
 Create a database backup or the relevant export files; see Backing up data (p. 60).
 In a network version, start by uninstalling the thin clients; see Uninstalling the thin client (p.
53). Then uninstall the OLF server; see Uninstalling the server (p. 55).
The procedure for uninstalling the stand-alone version is similar to that for the server.
 Delete any files which are no longer required; see Removing OLF program files and
folders (p. 57).
7.2
Uninstalling the thin client
The user rights needed to uninstall the OLF software in Windows are the same as those
needed to install it; see Windows user rights (p. 13).
Uninstalling with the installation file
 Start the installation program with the file OLF510client.exe.
You will find the file in the program folder C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5\ThinClient_v500 on the server computer.
 For the first steps, proceed as described for installation; see Starting thin client installation
(p. 35).
 Select Remove when the Application Maintenance window appears.
 Click Next.
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Figure 44: Option for removing Online Filing Client 5.0
The uninstallation routine starts.
 In the Online Filing Client 5.0 Uninstall window, click Next.
 In the Online Filing Client 5.0 has been successfully uninstalled window, click Finish.
You are prompted to delete the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5-TC.
 Click Yes to confirm.
Figure 45: Delete the Online Filing Client program folder after uninstalling
If you cannot see this window, it might be because it is hidden behind other application
windows on your screen.
 If the window does not appear, check if the folder C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5-TC was removed.
 If the folder still exists, delete it manually.
Uninstalling via the Windows Control Panel
 Open the Windows Control Panel.
 Go to Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall a program.
 Select Online Filing Client 5.0.
 Click Uninstall/Change.
 Proceed as described above when the uninstallation program starts.
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7.3
Uninstalling the server
The user rights needed to uninstall the OLF software in Windows are the same as those
needed to install it; see Windows user rights (p. 13).
Uninstalling with the installation file
 To start the installation program, right-click the installation file OFL510.exe and select
Run as administrator.
 Confirm the security warning for user account control.
The Wise Installation Wizard is initialised.
 Select the required language and click Next.
 Enter the Administrator password if login with user name and password is activated in
your OLF installation, and click Next.
 Click Next in the Welcome window.
The option Server installation is already selected in the Installation Mode window.
 Click Next.
 Select Remove in the Application Maintenance window.
 Click Next.
Figure 46: Option for removing Online Filing
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 If you are sure you want to uninstall Online Filing, click Next in the Online Filing 5.10
Uninstall window.
 If you want to modify your settings, click Back.
 To exit the uninstall process, click Cancel.
Figure 47: Starting the uninstall process
The uninstall routine starts and the Online Filing 5.0 Uninstall window opens a second time.
 To re-confirm your wish to uninstall Online Filing, click Next. This starts the process which
cannot be stopped.
 If you decide you do not want to uninstall the software, you can still click Cancel here.
Figure 48: Second confirmation for uninstallation
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The uninstallation program starts.
Figure 49: Wise Installation Wizard is initialised for the uninstallation routine
The uninstallation progress is indicated in the Perform Uninstall window.
 In the Online Filing has been successfully uninstalled window, click Finish.
You are prompted to delete the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5.
 Click Yes to confirm.
Figure 50: Deleting the Online Filing program folder after uninstalling the server
If you cannot see this window, it might be hidden behind other application windows on your
screen.
 Restart your computer when uninstallation is complete.
Uninstalling via the Windows Control Panel
 Open the Windows Control Panel.
 Go to Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall a program.
 Select Online Filing 5.10.
 Click Uninstall/Change.
 After starting the uninstallation program, proceed as described above.
7.4
Uninstalling the stand-alone version
 To uninstall the stand-alone version, proceed exactly as described for uninstalling the
OLF server; see Uninstalling the server (p. 55).
7.5

Removing OLF program files and folders
Attention: Do not delete system files unless you know exactly what you are doing.
The OLF installation folder may remain on your computer after uninstalling the OLF software.
You may also find other individual folders from earlier installations, such as epoline3 or
EPO_OLF folders from older OLF versions.
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By default, OLF version 5.10 uses the installation path C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5
for the server or the stand-alone version and the path C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5-TC for the thin client.
 Check Windows Explorer to see if the EPO_OLF5 folder is still present after restarting the
computer.
 Delete the entire remaining EPO_OLF5 folder.
 Delete the EPO_OLF5-TC folder, too, if it is still present after uninstalling the thin client.
 Delete the folders epoline3 and EPO_OLF, if present.
 Delete the files GDS32.dll and fbclient.dll, if present in the directory
WINDOWS\system32.
8
Reinstallation with data migration
The following chapters describe how to reinstall the Online Filing software and migrate the
database from a previous installation. Reinstallation with data migration is intended for the
following scenarios:
A) Restoring the system after a software crash
Your Online Filing installation crashes or stops working properly after a fatal error. You have to
reinstall the software and want to restore the old OLF database at the same time.
 Refer to chapter Checklist: Restore (p. 59).
B) Migrating data to new servers
You have been using Online Filing for some time already and now have to replace the server
computer because it is no longer powerful enough. You want to transfer the OLF database
from the functioning, up-to-date OLF installation to the new computer.
 Refer to chapter Checklist: Migration (p. 59).
C) Migrating data to a new operating system on the same computer
You want to install a new operating system on the computer used for Online Filing, e.g.
upgrade from Windows Server 2008 (32-bit version) to Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 Server
(64-bit version). This entails reinstalling Online Filing on the new operating system and then
importing the data from the old database.
 Refer also to chapter Checklist: Migration (p. 59).

Attention: When reinstalling Online Filing, ensure that you reinstall the exact same
build (including all patches) as the one you were previously working with. Failure to do
so may lead to inconsistencies in the data.
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8.1
Checklist: Restore
Proceed as follows to reinstall Online Filing following a system error:
 Create a backup of the OLF database and additional copies of the database files; see
Backing up data (p. 60).
– If Server Manager is no longer working, refer to the information on how to copy the
database manually.
 Make note of the version numbers of the current installation, including all plug-ins; see
Checklist: Maintenance (p. 40).
 Uninstall the OLF server; see Uninstalling the server (p. 55).
– If uninstallation is no longer working, proceed with the following two steps.
 Remove any remaining program folders and files; see Removing OLF program files and
folders (p. 57).
 Prepare the software installation files; see Latest version of the OLF software (p. 10).
 Reinstall the OLF server; see Server installation (p. 18).
 Reinstall the exact same version of the OLF server and all plug-ins as you already had.
 Restore your database; see Restoring data (p. 61).
 If necessary, reinstall all thin clients; see Updating the thin client (p. 46).
8.2
Checklist: Migration
This checklist describes the steps needed to install OLF on a new computer or new operating
system and then migrate the data.
 Create a backup of the OLF database on the old computer or operating system and copy
the backup files and database to a secure location; see Backing up data (p. 60).
 Make note of the version numbers of the OLF installation on the old computer, including all
plug-ins; see Checklist: Maintenance (p. 40).
 Prepare the new computer or the computer with the new operating system; see
Installation requirements (p. 10).
 Install the OLF server on the new computer; see Checklist: Initial installation for
client/server mode (p. 14).
 Reinstall the exact same version of the OLF server and all plug-ins as you had on the old
computer.
 Restore your database on the new computer; see Restoring data (p. 61).
 Check that the Online Filing functions are working; see Testing the server (p. 31) and
Testing the thin client (p. 37).
 If necessary, reinstall all thin clients; see Updating the thin client (p. 46).
 If you do not reinstall the thin clients, change the connection data to the new server for the
thin clients; see Changing the thin client settings (p. 47).
 As soon as the new OLF server is working correctly, uninstall the OLF server from the old
computer; see Uninstalling the server (p. 55).
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8.3
Backing up data
We recommend that you create a backup of the database and save your data manually before
you uninstall the Online Filing software.
Backing up the entire database with Server Manager's Backup function
The database backup function carries out a full backup of all the Online Filing data. All
applications and templates, including all items in the Trash folder, are backed up. This option
also backs up the Address Book, the user management settings, the File Manager folders and
the folder management settings.
 Start Server Manager as a user in the Administrators group.
 Click the Settings tab.
 Check the settings for the Backup and restore directory.
The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\tools\smanager\data.
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Attention: The subsequent reinstallation will delete the entire EPO_OLF5 program
folder. It is therefore advisable to either copy all backup files from this folder to another
location or change the backup path before performing reinstallation.
 To change the backup path, click the folder icon.
 Select the new backup directory and click OK.
 Click the Backup tab.
A list of all Server Manager database backups available in the selected backup folder is
displayed.
 To create a new backup, click the Backup icon.
 Back up the production database and the demo database one after the other.
The new backup files are labelled with the time and date, e. g. 20150125_113210.prod.bak
for the production database backup. You will find the associated physical files as
20150125_113210.prod.bk and 20150125_113210.prod.sha1 in the backup folder set
under Settings.
 Copy the *.bk and *.sha1 files for each database backup and save the file in a secure
location such as on an external data carrier.
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Attention: To restore a database at a later date, always use a backup created with the
same build number or the same OLF version. If not, you run the risk data inconsistencies
because the database structure changes from one version to another. For example, it
would be impossible to restore the database from a backup created with version 5.09 in
an installation of OLF version 5.10.
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Backing up applications and templates manually with Server Manager's Export
function
 Try this method if the database backup with Server Manager does not work.
Note that a future import operation will place all applications – including those already sent – in
Draft status in the new database. It is therefore advisable to group your applications in
separate folders before you export or import them in order to maintain a clear overview.
Backing up the Address Book manually with File Manager's Export function
The Address Book can be exported as a CSV file and then re-imported later as required.
Manual database copy for emergencies
If none of the above-mentioned backup and export functions are working, you may be able to
restore the database using a backup copy of the OLF database from an automatic backup. If
possible, do not use the current database because this may already be corrupt as a result of
the program crash.
Before performing an OLF migration make sure you create an extra copy of the current
database in case an error occurs when restoring the database.
 Before copying the database, terminate the service Firebird Server - OLF under
Windows Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services; see Checking the status of
the OLF server and OLF services (p. 65).
 Copy the databases eOLFi.gdb (production) and eOLFdi.gdb (demo) from the default
folder C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\db\ to a secure location.
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Attention: You can only restore a database with the database copy if the Online Filing
version reinstalled is the one that was last used by the database.
For detailed information on Backup/Restore and Export/Import, refer to the online help for
Server Manager and File Manager and the user guide for Online Filing version 5.10.
8.4
Restoring data
Once you have completed the installation, your database will be empty. Server Manager
enables you to restore your complete database or import individual applications or templates.
Restoring the entire database with Server Manager's Restore function
To use the Restore function, you must have already created a backup of the database with
Backup; see Backing up data (p. 60).
 Copy the four backup files to the new computer (i.e. the *.bk and *.sha1 files for both the
production database and the demo database) and place them in the folder C:\Program
Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\tools\smanager\data (default path) or in the folder set in
Server Manager as the Backup and restore directory.
 Start Server Manager as a user in the Administrators group; see Enabling user
management (p. 24).
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 Click the Backup tab.
Two available backup copies are displayed: the production database and the demo
database.
 Select the database you want to restore: Demo or Production.
 Click the Restore icon.
 Restore both databases.
Importing applications and templates with Server Manager
 Try this method if the database restore with Server Manager does not work and the data
has already been exported.
Note that a future import operation will reset all applications to Draft status. You will have to
sign them again so they are ready to send before you can submit them to the filing office.
Importing the Address Book with File Manager
 Copy the CSV file already exported to the new computer.
 Start File Manager and open the Address Book.
 Import the CSV file.
Importing a manually generated database copy
If you were unable to create a backup before reinstallation or if the Restore function did not
work, you can copy the old database to the new program folder.
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Attention: If the old database was already corrupt at the time it was copied, errors can
occur in your data. You should only use a database copy if you are sure that Online
Filing was working properly when it was created.
 Before copying the database, terminate the service Firebird Server - OLF under
Windows Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services; see Checking the status of
the OLF server and OLF services (p. 65).
 Copy the databases eOLFi.gdb (production) and eOLFdi.gdb (demo) to the default folder
C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\db\, i.e. overwrite the newer databases created
during installation.
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Using the PMS gateway interface
It is advisable to coordinate your technical details with Customer Services before using
the PMS gateway interface for filing. The smooth operation of the PMS gateway is
guaranteed only with PMS software tested and approved by the EPO as Online
Filing-compatible.
Users operating a separate patent management system (PMS) can install Online Filing's PMS
gateway interface on both a stand-alone workstation and a server in the corporate network.
This gateway sets up a connection from the PMS to the OLF receiving server installed on the
office side and uses Online Filing mechanisms for data validation and transmission.
An installation guide and description of how the PMS gateway works is provided in the "Online
Filing V5 PMS development kit (for applicants and PMS providers)". This kit is available under
Applying for a patent > Online services > Online filing > Download software for filing
with the EPO (http://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/download.html). In
addition to documentation, the kit also contains the necessary program files, Java classes,
and DTDs.
Important information on using the PMS gateway
 The PMS gateway interface is activated under System Preferences in the OLF File
Manager. Activation is only possible if user management is also enabled in OLF.
 A smart card that has been approved and registered by the EPO must be inserted in the
OLF server computer's reader to send applications to the EPO.
 The PMS gateway can be used both in production mode and demo mode. To enable PMS
for both production and demo mode, you need to log on in production mode.
 Certain validation messages (GUI-specific validations) are only output in English.
Importing PMS data in OLF
For a detailed description of the import data requirements, refer to the document "Importing
Data into Online Filing version 5 and higher". It is available from the EPO website under
Online filing > Download documentation
(http://www.epo.org/applying/online-services/online-filing/documentation.html).
9.1
Technical coordination with the EPO
Enabling the Patent Management Systems (PMS) gateway interface requires prior approval of
the PMS software by the patent office(s) where an application is to be filed. Using the PMS
gateway interface without prior approval of the software may result in malfunctions or
technical/procedural errors.
In the case of standard PMS software, the supplier may already have obtained the necessary
approval. For custom-made PMS software, or where no approval has yet been obtained for
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the standard version, approval must be obtained from the support desk(s) of the patent
office(s) concerned. With regard to the EP F1001 and PCT/RO/101 procedures, approval
must also be requested from Customer Services before patent offices are contacted.
Please refer to the latest information on the EPO website
(http://www.epo.org/online-services), before activating the PMS gateway and filing
applications.
Testing the PMS gateway
Start by performing a test in demo mode. This sends data to the demo database on the EPO's
OLF server.
 Start the OLF File Manager in Production mode.
– If necessary, enable user management under System Preferences and restart File
Manager.
 Open System Preferences and click PMS gateway interface.
 To activate the PMS gateway interface, select the Smart card option and enter the data
as appropriate.
 Use your PMS to submit a couple of demo applications to the EPO. You can use the
EPO's sample applications for this as they contain all the relevant data.
 Monitor the response from your PMS.
If everything works as expected, contact Customer Services (see "Online Filing help" p. 7) for
further coordination. Customer Services checks the demo applications received and reports
any technical malfunctions that may have occurred. You are then granted a release for your
PMS software.
For the verification of procedures other than those filed or accepted by the EPO, please
contact the relevant patent offices immediately and inquire directly about the CP approval
procedures.
Activating the PMS gateway for filing in production mode
 Start the OLF File Manager in Production mode.
 Open System Preferences and click PMS gateway interface.
 Select the check box I confirm that the PMS software has been approved by the
patent office(s) concerned.
 Select the check box Enable filing to production.
This now lets you send your applications from the PMS to the EPO and the other patent offices
over the PMS gateway interface.
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9.2
PMS gateway features
The PMS gateway uses OLF Web service commands that match the basic functions of the
OLF client:
Command
Description
validate
Checks and validates data in an application using the OLF software verification rules
import
Imports an application from the PMS into the OLF database.
sign
Signs an application. The digital signature for non-repudiation is applied prior to
transmission via a smart card inserted into a reader connected to the OLF server.
send
Sends an application to the receiving office. Only with authentication via a smart card.
export
Exports an application with all associated data from the OLF database to the PMS.
remove
Removes an object from the OLF database.
information
Exports data, including log files, to the OLF database for all or specific applications.
For more information, refer to the document "Introduction to the PMS Gateway Interface"
supplied with the above-mentioned development kit.
10
Troubleshooting
The following chapters propose solutions for a number of typical problems in Online Filing.
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10.1
If your problem is not listed here, please contact Customer Services or search the
Online Filing discussion forum; see Online Filing help (p. 7).
Checking the status of the OLF server and OLF services
If you are unable to start File Manager from a client computer or activate plug-ins, it may be
because those services do not run on the server computer.
The following services are configured when you install Online Filing version 5.10:
 Firebird server (Firebird Guardian OLF)
 Firebird database server (Firebird server OLF)
 File Manager (EPO OLF FM server)
 a service for each procedure (plug-in)
The same services are used in both production and demo mode. The Firebird server connects
to either the production database or the demo database, depending on the mode selected.
You can monitor and control the OLF services in OLF Server Manager or in the Windows
Services Manager.
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Checking the status of OLF services in Server Manager
 Start Server Manager with the option Run as administrator via the Online Filing 5.0
Server Manager shortcut.
 Check the Services tab in Server Manager to see if the standard OLF services and the
services related to the national plug-ins you activated are running (status is Running);
see paragraph "Checking the status of services in Server Manager" under Testing the
server (p. 31).
Checking the status of OLF services in the Windows Services Manager
All services automatically start as Windows processes when the computer starts.
Depending on your configuration, it may take some time for OLF services to start up after
Windows has started. Once start-up is complete, the services will be continuously available.
 Open the Windows Control Panel and select Administrative Tools > Services.
 Check if all standard OLF services (EP1038, EP122K, EP2000, EPOPPO, FM Server,
IBR101, IBR401 and IBRSFD) and those related to the national plug-ins started are
running, i.e. Running appears in the Status column.
– The national plug-ins not activated are not running.
– The startup type for the national plug-ins activated is Automatic, while it is Manual
for the plug-ins not activated.
Figure 51: Checking OLF services in Windows
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The services Firebird Server Guardian (Firebird Guardian - OLF) and Firebird Database
Server (Firebird Server - OLF) should also be running.
Figure 52: Status of Firebird Server - OLF in Windows
If you terminate Firebird Server - OLF, all dependent OLF services will also terminate, i.e. the
OLF service will shut down completely.
Figure 53: Terminating all OLF services by stopping the Firebird server
10.2
Checking ports used by OLF
To verify that the ports are available, you can check in the Command Prompt.
 Open the Command Prompt.
– In Windows 7, go to the Start menu and select Programs > Accessories >
Command Prompt.
– In Windows 8.1, go to the Apps screen, locate the Windows System group and click
Command Prompt.
– In Windows 10, right-click the Start button (Windows icon) and click Command
Prompt.
 Type the command netstat -an.
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You can see here which ports are currently open on your server. The ports used by the
OLF server, such as 11000, should all have LISTENING status.
Figure 54: Checking port status with the command "netstat -an"
10.3
Finding out the server's IP address
If you do not know the server's IP address, you can use the command ipconfig.
 Log on to the OLF server.
 Open the Command Prompt.
– In Windows 7, go to the Start menu and select Programs > Accessories >
Command Prompt.
– In Windows 8.1, go to the Apps screen, locate the Windows System group and click
Command Prompt.
– In Windows 10, right-click the Start button (Windows icon) and click Command
Prompt.
 Enter the command ipconfig.
This command displays the computer's IP configuration for all its network adapters – both LAN
(Ethernet) and WLAN (wireless).
Figure 55: Querying the computer's IP address
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10.4
Testing the connection between the client computer and the OLF server
If you are unable to connect to the OLF server with the OLF thin client, you will not be able to
start File Manager. In this case, the network connection may be lost.
You can use ping to test the general connection to the server computer and telnet to test the
connection to the individual plug-ins via the specific ports.
Ping
You can also use the command ping in the Command Prompt to check that the network
connection to the server machine is possible.
 Open the Command Prompt.
– In Windows 7, go to the Start menu and select Programs > Accessories >
Command Prompt.
– In Windows 8.1, go to the Apps screen, locate the Windows System group and click
Command Prompt.
– In Windows 10, right-click the Start button (Windows icon) and click Command
Prompt.
 Type the command ping [IP address of your Online Filing server].
Example: ping 192.169.178.32
The result should be a response from the server machine without any error messages.
Figure 56: Testing the connection to the OLF server with the command "ping"
Telnet
You can also use the telnet command to test the connection to the OLF server over the
CORBA and SOAP ports you set during installation.

If the telnet command is not recognised in the Command Prompt, activate the Telnet
Client and the Telnet Server under Control panel > Programs and Features > Turn
Windows features on or off.
 Open the Command Prompt.
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 Enter the command telnet [IP Address of your OLF server] [CORBA or SOAP port
number].
Example: telnet 192.168.178.32 11000 to query the CORBA port for File Manager.
Figure 57: Starting a telnet connection
The result should be an empty window showing the IP address of the queried server in the title
bar.
Figure 58: Connection to the OLF server set up via telnet
 Terminate the telnet connection to the CORBA port by pressing ENTER six times.
Figure 59: CORBA connection to the server terminated
 Terminate the telnet connection to a SOAP port with the escape character CTRL + +,
followed by the command quit.
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Figure 60: SOAP connection to the server terminated
10.5
Optimising the display settings
Please note that Online Filing was optimised for display with the normal font size. Notebook
computer users often choose a larger system font to make on-screen text easier to read on
smaller, high-resolution displays. If you notice when working with Online Filing that some of
the text in screen masks is missing or truncated, please change your settings as follows:
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1
 Open the Control Panel.
 Go to Appearance and Personalization > Display.
 Select the Smaller – 100% (default) option.
– If you do not see these options in Windows 8.1, select the check box Let me choose
one scaling level for all my displays.
 Click Apply.
 To activate the new settings, log off Windows and log in again.
Windows 10
 Go to the Start menu and click Settings.
 Click System > Display.
 Under Change the size of text, apps and other items, drag the slider knob all the way to
the left.
100% (Recommended) should then be displayed.
The new settings are applied immediately.
Windows Vista
 Open the Control Panel.
 Go to Appearance and Personalization > Personalization.
 Click Adjust font size (DPI) in the Tasks area.
 Click Continue in the User Account Control window.
You are prompted to enter an administrator password here if you are not logged on as a
Windows administrator.
 Select the Default scale (96 DPI) option.
 Click OK.
 To activate the new settings, restart your computer.
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10.6
Configuring PDF display in Adobe Reader
The following error message may appear when you are trying to preview a form or open a form
you want to sign (but no PDF is displayed):
Figure 61: OLF cannot open Adobe Acrobat Reader
If, however, Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat is installed on your computer and you have no
problem opening other PDF files, please check the Windows Internet options.
Adobe Reader 11.x or Adobe Acrobat XI
If Adobe product versions 11 and above are installed, PDF display in Internet Explorer (and in
Online Filing) is configured by managing the browser add-ons.
 Open the Windows Control Panel and go to Network and Internet > Internet Options.
 Click the Programs tab and click Manage add-ons.
 Under Add-on Types on the left, select Toolbars and Extensions.
 Make sure that All add-ons is selected.
 Select the Adobe PDF Reader add-on and check if the status is Enabled.
 If the status is Disabled, click the Enable button at the bottom right of the window.
 Click Close.
Figure 62: Status of the Adobe PDF Reader browser add-on
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10.7
Error: "Connection aborted on request"
The following error message may appear when an application you are trying to send fails to
transfer and the sending process is aborted at 0% after some time:
Figure 63: Error message: "Connection aborted on request"
Changing the network settings in Server Manager
If you are using a proxy server in your network, the error could occur because the settings for
the proxy server connection are not correct in Online Filing.
 Start Server Manager and click the Settings tab.
You will find the proxy server settings under Default Network Settings.
 If you are familiar with your proxy settings, enter them correctly here.
Figure 64: Settings for connecting to the internet over a proxy server in Server Manager
 If you are not familiar with this data, try using your browser settings. You can find them at
the following locations:
– In the Windows Control Panel under: Network and Internet > Internet Options >
Connections > LAN settings
– In Internet Explorer under: Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN
settings
If your system uses a proxy server, you will find the address and the port here.
Figure 65: Proxy server settings under Windows Internet Options
 Change the proxy settings in Server Manager as appropriate.
This setting affects all Online Filing users connected to this OLF server.
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 Close Server Manager.
Changing network settings in File Manager
If you cannot access Server Manager, you can change the settings for your own workstation
as follows:
 Start File Manager (Online Filing 5.0 Client).
 Select Tools > Preferences > User Preferences.
 Check if Use Default Network Settings is selected under Network Settings.
If it is selected, the Server Manager settings are used.
 Clear this check box.
This enables the fields for the proxy settings for editing.
 Enter the proxy data (if you do not have this data, see above).
 Click OK.
You will be prompted to restart File Manager.
Figure 66: Individual setting for the proxy server in File Manager
10.8
Error: "Connection to server lost"
This or a similar error message appears if data retrieval suddenly fails while you are working in
File Manager or in a form in Online Filing:
Figure 67: The client lost the connection to the server
This means that the OLF thin client or the OLF plug-in you are using is unable to set up a
network connection to the OLF server in your network.
Loss of a connection can occur for a number of reasons:
 The OLF server is no longer running.
 The requested service is not running on the OLF server.
 The thin client is unable to set up a connection to the server because the network
configuration is not correct.
Proceed as follows to solve the problem:
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1. Is the relevant service running?
 See Checking the status of the OLF server and OLF services (p. 65).
 If the services are stopped, restart all of them on the server.
2. Is the client connected to the server and are the ports available?
 See Testing the connection between the client computer and the OLF server (p. 69).
 If you do not receive an answer with the IP address known to you, try using ping or
telnet to query the server name of the OLF server.
3. Is the server address in the Online Filing 5.0 client settings correct?
 Correct the IP address here or enter the server name; see Changing the thin client
settings (p. 47).
 Start File Manager.
 Check if you can open all forms.
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Annex
11.1
Installation scenarios
The following is a list of all installation scenarios described in this manual.
 Initial installation of Online Filing
see Initial installation (p. 14)
 Updating an installation
see Installation maintenance (p. 39)
 Converting a stand-alone installation into a network installation
see Converting from stand-alone to server mode (p. 48)
 Migrating data to a new computer or a new operating system
see Reinstallation with data migration (p. 58) and Checklist: Migration (p. 59)
 Restoring Online Filing including the database after a system crash
see Reinstallation with data migration (p. 58) and Checklist: Restore (p. 59)
 Replicating the OLF server at a second site (mirror)
see Replicating the OLF server (p. 76)
 Migrating the configuration of user rights from an existing OLF server to a new OLF
installation
see Migrating user data (p. 77)
 Migrating the OLF database of an existing OLF network installation to a different hard disk
location
see Migrating databases (p. 79)
11.1.1 Replicating the OLF server
You would like to replicate (mirror) the OLF server at a second site and program the thin
clients to work with either server A or server B depending on the time and date.
A) Automatic script-based client configuration
The script must run in such a way that it is able to change the settings in the configuration file
OLFClient.ini on all client computers at the same time.
The parameters that must be changed are:
 CORBA yes/no
 Server IP address and CORBA port/SOAP port for File Manager
Example: Server A works with CORBA, server B with SOAP
The script must change the CORBA parameter in the following manner:
 CORBA=1 - if the client should connect to server A via CORBA
 CORBA=0 - if the client should connect to server B via SOAP
In OLFClient.ini:
[Common]
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...
CORBA=1
[CORBA]
ORBBINDADDR=inet:IPAddressServerA:11000
...
[SOAP]
ORBBINDADDR=inet:IPAddressServerB:21000
B) Manual server selection over the second thin client
You can configure a second client on each computer and program it to connect to either server
A or server B. In this case, it is up to the user to start the correct client.
 Install the first thin client in the usual way.
 Program the client for the connection to server A.
 Copy the entire folder EPO_OLF5-TC to a different location on the client computer.
 Edit the OLFClient.ini file in this folder such that the connection to server B uses either
CORBA or SOAP (see above).
 Create a shortcut for both clients on the Windows desktop.
Note for Windows standard users
Do not install thin clients in or copy them to the system folder C:\Program Files (x86) or
C:\Program Files. Instead, choose a folder with write access for Windows standard users.
Otherwise manual editing is impossible in OLFClient.ini.
What is more, changes made via Online Filing Client 5.0 settings are not written to
OLFClient.ini if the thin client was installed in the folder C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5-TC.
11.1.2 Migrating user data
After successfully installing Online Filing on a new machine with an empty database, you may
want to transfer your familiar user rights configuration from an existing OLF installation to the
new server.
The Online Filing Server Manager provides a specific export/import function for this purpose.
 Start Server Manager as a user who is a member of the Administrators group.
 Click the Data Migration tab.
 There are three options available under User Data Migration:
– Copy the complete user administration from the production server to the demo server.
– Export the user administration from the production server to a file.
– Import the user administration from a file to the production server.
 To migrate the data from the old machine to the new machine, first export the user
administration from the old machine and then import it into the new machine.
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Migrating the user administration from one physical server to another only works for the
production server.
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Exporting the user administration from the old machine
 Start Server Manager on the old machine and go to the Data Migration tab.
 Select the option Export the user administration from the production server to a file.
 Click Execute.
Figure 68: Exporting the user administration from the existing OLF installation
The export operation creates a ZIP file in the Server Manager's default export directory. The
ZIP file is named useradministration[date]_[time].zip, e.g.
useradministration20150120_153414.zip and contains three files, um.tmp, uma.tmp and
umr.tmp.
 Copy this ZIP file to the target machine.
Importing the user administration into the new machine
 Start Server Manager on the new machine and go to the Data Migration tab.
 Select the option Import the user administration from a file to the production server.
 Click Execute.
 Select the appropriate ZIP file from the file system.
The Data Migration function opens Server Manager's import directory by default.
 Click Open.
Figure 69: Selecting the user administration file to be imported
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A message informs you when the import operation is complete.
Figure 70: User administration was successfully imported
11.1.3 Migrating databases
You can move the Online Filing databases to a different hard disk drive if your server
computer's hard disk runs out of space or if you have to replace the hardware.
By migrating the database to another location, the Online Filing server will be reconfigured to
connect to the new database path.
 Start Server Manager as a user who is a member of the Administrators group.
 Click the Data Migration tab.
 Under Database Migration, select the appropriate option:
– Leave the copy of the database in the former location after successful migration
(default)
– Delete the copy of the database in the former location after successful migration
It is recommended to leave the copy of the database in the former location until you are
sure that everything works correctly in the new location.
Figure 71: Options for migrating the OLF database
Both the production database and demo database can be migrated independently.
 Click the folder icon next to the database path you wish to modify.
 Select an existing folder in your file system or create a new one.
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 Click OK.
Figure 72: Selecting a new location for the OLF database
 Wait until the Information window appears.
If the database is very large, the process of copying and verifying the database could take
some time.
The new path is displayed in the message.
Figure 73: Confirmation of successful database migration
11.2
OLF services and ports
The table below lists the CORBA and SOAP port numbers for all OLF services with the
associated program and configuration files.
 There is a separate folder for every plug-in in the program folder C:\Program Files
(x86)\EPO_OLF5.
 The program file for every plug-in is always located in the plug-in folder's bin subfolder.
 The configuration file for every plug-in is always located in the plug-in folder's config
subfolder.
Example for the EP122K plug-in, Euro-PCT procedure (EP1200E2K)
Program file: C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\ep1200\bin\ep1200.exe
Configuration file: C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\ep1200\config\ep1200.conf
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Exception: PCT/RO/101 plug-in
The PCT/RO/101 plug-in's plug-in folder does not have separate bin and config folders.
Rather, the program file pcti.exe and the configuration file pcti.ini are stored directly
under C:\Program Files (x86)\EPO_OLF5\pct\.
Plug-in list
Plug-in
Program file
CORBA port SOAP port Configuration file
FMMNGR (File
Manager)
OLFfm.exe
11000
21000
OLFfm.conf
EP1038
ep1038.exe
11103
21103
ep1038.conf
EP122K
ep1200.exe
11106
21106
ep1200.conf
EP2000
ep1001.exe
11105
21105
ep1001.conf
EPOPPO
ep_oppo.exe
11108
21108
ep_oppo.conf
IBR101 (PCT-plugin)
pcti.exe
11301
n.a.
pcti.ini
IBR401 (PCT-DEMAND) PCT_Demand.exe
14121
24121
PCT_Demand.conf
IBRSFD (PCT-SFD)
PCTSFD.exe
14122
24122
PCTSFD.conf
FRSUBS
e3fr.exe
11503
21503
e3fr.conf
FRDPT4 (FRDEPOT)
Plug_FR.exe
11504
21504
Plug_FR.conf
FIHAKE
FIPlugin.exe
11701
21701
FIPlugin.conf
FIEPFI
FIEPPlugin.exe
11702
21702
FIEPPlugin.conf
FIPCT1
FIPCTPlugin.exe
11703
21703
FIPCTPlugin.conf
FISUBS
FISFDPlugin.exe
11704
21704
FISFDPlugin.conf
FIUMOD
FIUMPlugin.exe
11705
21705
FIUMPlugin.conf
ES3101
es3101e.exe
12701
22701
es3101e.conf
ESEPVL
esEPvalidation.exe
12703
22703
esEPvalidation.conf
ESTSUB
esTSubs.exe
12705
22705
esTSubs.conf
ESCCPS
ESCCPS.exe
12706
22706
ESCCPS.conf
ESINVE
ESINVE.exe
12707
22707
ESINVE.conf
ESTOPO
ESTOPO.exe
12708
22708
ESTOPO.conf
UK177E
uk177.exe
12901
22901
uk177.conf
UKNPUK
NP1.exe
12902
22902
NP1.conf
UKSFDE
uksffd.exe
12903
22903
uksffd.conf
DE2007
de2007.exe
13102
23102
de2007.conf
ATPAT1
AT_Pat.exe
13401
23401
AT_Pat.conf
ATUMOD
AT_UM.exe
13402
23402
AT_UM.conf
ATSFD1
AT_SFD.exe
13403
23403
AT_SFD.conf
BEPAT1
berequete.exe
13501
23501
berequete.conf
BEPOST
be_post.exe
13502
23502
be_post.conf
BEEPVL
be_epval.exe
13503
23503
be_epval.conf
Standard
National
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Plug-in
Program file
CORBA port SOAP port Configuration file
DKPAT1
DK_plugin.exe
13901
23901
DK_plugin.conf
ISPAT1
IS_plugin.exe
14401
24401
IS_plugin.conf
ISEPVL
IS-EPval.exe
14402
24402
IS-EPval.conf
LTPAT1
LT_plugin.exe
14701
24701
LT_plugin.conf
LTSPC1
LTSPC.exe
14702
24702
LTSPC.conf
LTEPVL
LTEPVAL.exe
14703
24703
LTEPVAL.conf
NLAANV
nl_aanvraag.exe
15001
25001
nl_aanvraag.conf
NLPOST
nl_post.exe
15002
25002
nl_post.conf
NLEPNL
nlepnl_post.exe
15003
25003
nlepnl_post.conf
PLPAT1
Patenty.exe
15101
25101
Patenty.conf
PLWZU1
WzoUzyt.exe
15102
25102
WzoUzyt.conf
ROB01A
ROb01a.exe
15301
25301
ROb01a.conf
ROPCT1
ROpct.exe
15303
25303
ROpct.conf
ROEPRO
roepro.exe
15304
25304
roepro.conf
SEPAT1
SEClient141.exe
15401
25401
SEClient141.conf
SEVAL1
SEValidering.exe
15402
25402
SEValidering.conf
SESFD1
SESFD.exe
15403
25403
SESFD.conf
SK8001
sk8001.exe
15601
25601
sk8001.conf
SK8002
sk8002.exe
15602
25602
sk8002.conf
SKSFD1
skSFD.exe
15603
25603
skSFD.conf
SK4001
SK4001.exe
15604
25604
SK4001.conf
11.3
Executable files to be allowed
The following files are used by Online Filing. Your firewall or Anti-Virus software should be
configured to allow execution of these files.
1. Installation time
deploy.exe
i5Backup.exe
i5Restore.exe
i5Setup.exe
2. Run time, EP and PCT plug-ins (default set)
OLFClient.exe
OLFfm.exe
LUClient.exe
fbguard.exe
OLFSManager.exe
mclient.exe
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ep1001.exe
ep1038.exe
ep1200.exe
ep_oppo.exe
pcti.exe
PCT_Demand.exe
PCTSFD.exe
cl_cm.exe
OLFSCard.exe
3. Run time, NO plug-ins
berequete.exe (BE)
be_post.exe (BE)
be_epval.exe (BE)
de2007.exe (DE)
DK_plugin.exe (DK)
e3fr.exe (FR)
Plug_FR.exe (FR)
es3101e.exe (ES)
esEPvalidation.exe (ES)
esTSubs.exe (ES)
ESCCPS.exe (ES)
ESINVE.exe (ES)
ESTOPO.exe (ES)
FIEPPlugin.exe (FI)
FIPCTPlugin.exe (FI)
FIPlugin.exe (FI)
FISFDPlugin.exe (FI)
IS-plugin.exe (IS)
IS-EPval.exe (IS)
LT_plugin.exe (LT)
LTSPC.exe (LT)
LTEPVAL.exe (LT)
nl_aanvraag.exe (NL)
nl_post.exe (NL)
nlepnl_post.exe (NL)
Patenty.exe (PL)
WzoUzyt.exe (PL)
ROb01a.exe (RO)
roepro.exe (RO)
ROpct.exe (RO)
SEClient141.exe (SE)
SEValidering.exe (SE)
SESFD.exe (SE)
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sk8001.exe (SK)
sk8002.exe (SK)
skSFD.exe (SK)
SK4001.exe (SK)
uk177.exe (UK)
uksffd.exe (UK)
NP1.exe (UK)
11.4
Installing the thin client in silent mode
In silent mode, installation takes place in the background without any inputs by or interaction
with the user.
You can add the command line shown here to a batch file or invoke it directly via the
Command Prompt.
Syntax:
msiexec /faumsv OLF510client.msi /quiet soap=[soap parameter] port=[port
number] host=[host name]
/faumsv
/quiet
soap=0
soap=1
port
host
f: force the update
a: including all files
u: include user specific Reg files
m: include machine specific Reg files
s: all shortcuts
v: run from source and re-cache local package
perform installation in silent mode
use Corba
use SOAP
port number for File Manager, i.e. either CORBA or SOAP port
server name or IP address of the OLF server in the network
Example:
msiexec /faumsv OLF510client.msi /quiet soap=0 port=11000 host=192.168.178.27
The thin client is installed and the connection to the OLF server is set to CORBA port 11000.
11.5
Filing office host names and IP addresses
Online Filing uses the HTTPS protocol over the standard port 443. This port must be opened
for all external IP addresses in your firewall so that you can send data to the filing offices.
You can find information about the filing offices in the Maintenance Tables of File Manager.
 Start File Manager.
 In the menu, select Tools > Maintenance Table Viewer > Common Maintenance.
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 In the Maintenance Table Viewer, click Filing Offices.
Figure 74: Maintenance Table Viewer listing the Filing Offices
 Select the office that you require from the list on the right.
In the lower part on the right the details for the selected procedure are listed: code, office,
description, name of filing office, production server url and demo server url. The host
name is contained in the field Production Server url.
 Select the host name by dragging the mouse pointer, then right-click and select Copy
from the shortcut menu.
 Paste that name into a text file if you wish to save it for further use.
 Look for the IP address if your firewall needs an IP address rather than a host name.
You can search one of the IP lookup services on the Internet or use the command ping.
The filing office's server will probably block the ping request but will return the IP address.
 Open port 443 for that IP address.
 Repeat the above steps for all filing offices concerned.
Figure 75: Pinging the receiving server to retrieve its IP address
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Glossary
CORBA
Common Object Request Broker
Architecture: defines cross-platform
protocols and services, eases
development of distributed applications in
heterogeneous environments.
Firebird SQL database server
Firebird is a simplified Open Source
spin-off of the InterBase relational
database management system produced
by Borland.
GUI
Graphical User Interface: software
component allowing user interaction with
graphical elements in the program via a
mouse and keyboard.
HTTP
HyperText Transfer Protocol: method of
transferring information on the WWW,
usually in HTML.
HTTPS
HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure:
indicates that HTTP is used with a different
port (443) and an additional
encryption/authentication layer between
HTTP and TCP.
IIOP
Internet Inter ORB Protocol: defined in
CORBA, used to execute remote
procedure calls.
LAN
Local Area Network: typically within one
building of a company.
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Object Request Broker: agent enabling
communication between objects within a
distributed system, for example the
internet.
Patch
A new feature or function added to a
program, commonly used as an interim
measure before release of a full version of
the software.
PMS
Patent Management System.
Port
A port is part of a network address for a
server application running on a computer
within the network. Typical ports are 80 for
HTTP Web servers and 110 for POP3 mail
servers.
Proxy server
A firewall component that manages
internet traffic to and from a network.
SOAP
Simple Object Access Protocol: using XML
for data display and mainly HTTP for
transmission.
SSL
Secure Socket Layer. A protocol for
ensuring security and privacy in internet
communications. Supports authentication
of client, server, or both, as well as
encryption during a communication
session.
TCP
Transmission Control Protocol.
Used to manage data exchange between
computers via network connections.
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URL
Uniform Resource Locator.
An address for a resource on the internet.
Used by Web browsers to locate internet
resources.
WAN
Wide Area Network: normally across
several offices/subsidiaries of a large
company or organisation, including internet
connection parts in between.
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13
Index
3
32-bit • 12, 18
6
64-bit • 12, 18
A
Access authorisation • 24, 40
Account type • 13
Acknowledgment of receipt • 8,
37
Activating • 20, 21, 31
Address book • 60, 61
Administrator • 13, 16, 24, 31,
35, 40, 55
Adobe Acrobat Reader • 12, 72
Application • 37, 60, 61
Application server • 8
Apps • 31, 37, 38
Arial Unicode MS • 12, 14
B
Backup • 40, 48, 60, 61
Build • 10, 43
Business logic • 8
C
Card reader • 11, 63
Client • 8, 69, 74
Client installation • 18, 34
Client/server architecture • 8
Command Prompt • 65, 67, 69
Communication • 9
Computer Administrator • 13
CONF file • 76, 80
Configuration file • 76, 80
Connection • 36, 47, 69, 73, 74
Control Panel (Windows) • 52,
55, 65, 71
CORBA • 9, 27, 36, 69, 80
Countries • 29
CSV file • 60, 61
Custom installation • 20, 21
Customer Services • 7, 63, 65
D
Data backup • 48, 60
Data migration • 58, 59
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Database • 8, 40, 48, 60, 61, 79
Demo database • 40, 60, 61
Demo mode • 31, 37, 63, 65
Destination folder • 18, 35
Display • 14, 71
Documentation • 7
Download • 10, 33
DPI settings • 71
Draft (status) • 60, 61
Dynamic IP address • 27
E
Encryption • 27
Error message • 73, 74
EXE file • 10, 16, 34, 38, 46
Executable • 82
Export • 60, 65
F
File Manager • 24, 36, 37, 63,
80
Filing office • 8, 84
Firebird database server • 8, 65
Firewall • 9, 30, 82, 84
Folder • 18, 35, 57
Font size • 14, 71
Fonts • 12, 71
Forms • 20, 21, 43, 49
Forum • 7
G
Gemalto Classic Client • 12
Gemplus driver • 12
Group • 13
GUI • 8, 63
GUI Engine • 8
H
Hard disk space • 11, 40
Hardware • 11, 58
Help • 7, 65
Host name • 14, 15, 84
HTTP server • 27
HTTP wrapping • 36
HTTPS • 8, 27, 84
I
IIOP port • 9
Import • 60, 61, 63, 65
INI file • 76
Installation file • 10, 16, 34, 43,
52, 53, 55
Installation mode • 18, 38, 40
InterBase Server • 40
Internet connection • 27, 28
Internet Options • 28, 72, 73
IP address • 27, 28, 36, 38, 47,
48, 68, 69, 74, 84
ipconfig • 68
L
LAN settings • 28, 73
Language • 16, 35
Listening • 67
Live Update • 29, 33, 43
localhost • 38, 48
Location • 60, 61, 79
M
Maintenance • 39, 40, 46
Maintenance tables • 84
Memory • 11
Microsoft Office • 12
Migration • 58, 59, 77, 79
Mirror • 76
MSI file • 10, 34, 46, 84
N
National Office • 8, 21, 29, 84
National procedure (plug-in) •
20, 21, 29, 31, 43
netstat • 65
Network • 8, 27, 73, 74
Network version • 8, 18
O
OLF server • 8, 18, 36, 65, 76
OLF services • 8, 27, 31, 40, 65,
80
OLFfm.conf • 28, 80
Online help • 7, 27
Operating system • 12, 18, 58
P
Package for installation • 10
Page preview • 72
Password • 13, 24, 26, 28, 31,
40, 55, 63
Password policy • 26
Patch • 10, 29, 33, 43
Patent management system
(PMS) • 63
PCT plug-in • 21, 27, 80
PDF • 72
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PIN • 8, 63
ping • 69, 74, 84
Plug-in • 20, 21, 27, 29, 43, 65,
80, 82
PMS Gateway • 63
Port • 9, 27, 36, 67, 69, 80
Processor • 11
Production database • 60, 61
Production mode • 37, 40, 63,
65
Program folder • 18, 35, 53, 55,
57, 80
Program group • 31, 37, 38
Proxy server • 28, 73
R
RAM • 11
Receiving server • 8, 84
Remote access • 14
Replicate • 76
Resolution • 11, 71
Restart (Windows) • 30, 38, 55
Restore • 59, 61
S
Screen • 11, 14, 71
Send • 37, 63, 73
Server • 8, 18, 40, 55, 65
Server Manager • 13, 31, 33,
38, 60, 61, 65
Server name • 27, 37, 47, 48, 74
Services • 14, 31, 65, 80
Shortcut • 31, 37, 38
Silent mode • 84
Smart card • 8, 10, 63
Smart card reader • 11, 63
SOAP • 9, 27, 36, 69, 80
Software • 10
SSL • 27
Stand-alone installation • 18,
38, 48, 57
Standard User • 13
Start menu (Windows) • 31, 37,
38
Starter kit • 10, 12
Status • 31, 65, 67
System preferences • 63
Thin Client • 8, 12, 34, 37, 46,
47, 84
TLSv1 • 27
True Type • 12
U
Update • 29, 33, 39, 40, 43, 46,
48, 49
URL • 84
User • 13, 24
User account (Windows) • 13
User Account Control
(Windows) • 16, 31, 35, 55
User management • 24, 60, 63,
77
User preferences • 73
V
Validation • 63
Version • 10, 40, 43, 46, 48
W
WAN • 9
Web server • 27
Windows • 12, 13
Windows Installer • 16, 35
Windows Server • 12, 13
X
XML file • 8
T
TCP/IP • 27
Telnet • 69
Templates • 49, 60, 61
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