Client Installation Guide for A+LS Version 3.5

Client Installation Guide for A+LS Version 3.5
Client Installation Guide
for A+LS V3.5
™
For the A+nyWhere Learning System
®
Version 3.5 Java-based Clients
This guide covers using the A+LS Client CD to install the A+nyWhere Learning System software on Windows® and
OS X computers. Current client requirements are available at:
www.amered.com/awl_requirements_cs.php
Getting Started
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Before you start the client install, please close all other
programs. As with any installation, having other
programs running may cause unexpected problems,
needlessly wasting your time and effort.
Time and Date on the Workstation
It is critical that the date and time be correct on each
student workstation. Otherwise your student
performance reports may be inaccurate.
Please DO NOT interrupt the installation once it
begins. As with all installations, rebooting or turning off your machine during the installation is very likely to have
catastrophic consequences.
Please note that the workstation(s) receiving the A+LS client must be connected to the same network as your A+LS
server prior to installing the A+LS software.
Installing on a Windows-based System
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1. Insert the A+LS install media (typically a USB thumb drive). Wait a few moments while the computer reads the
media.
2. Using your file manager, open the /scripts folder on the ALS_35 USB drive, then double click on client.bat.
3. If you are asked about opening firewall ports, click Unblock or Allow Access to proceed with the install.
4. When the Supply server address dialog box opens (see figure at
right), enter the following information:
Address – A+LS server’s IP address or resolvable name.
Port – Default for A+LS servers is 4445.
Package ID – QuickALS0 is the default value.
5. Click OK to continue. It may be a few moments before the next
dialog appears.
6. After reviewing the license, click Yes to accept it.
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The installer checks to see if your workstation has the latest Windows service pack(s) installed. If your
computer is current, the installer skips this screen.
7. If the service pack dialog appears, either click Skip Updating Operating System to proceed with the software
install or click Exit and Update Operating System to exit the install so you can download and apply the
updates to your computer.
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Act.
Achieve.
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The installation requires Java™ and looks for it on the workstation.
8. If a valid Java JRE is found on your system, click Yes to use it, and then skip to step number 11.
OR
If the installer was unable to find an appropriate Java installation, click OK to start the Java install.
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9. When the Java installation has finished, click OK, and reboot your computer.
10. Once your computer has rebooted, follow the steps on the previous page to restart the installer.
11. When the Select an installation directory dialog box displays, you should normally accept the default location.
If it is inappropriate for Windows, we recommend c:\Program Files\als30\alsclient. Click Next to continue.
12. If prompted, click Yes to create the folder.
13. If prompted, acknowledge the creation of the folder and click OK to continue.
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Several brief tests are conducted and several progress dialog boxes come and go. After a few minutes,
you are notified that the installation was successful.
14. Click OK to complete the process and exit the installer.
Accessing A+LS in Windows
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The installer has set up shortcuts for you to access the A+LS program. You can move these shortcuts, if desired.
1. Click the Start button.
2. From the Start menu, select Programs.
3. From the Programs menu, select the A+nyWhere Learning System program group.
4. From the A+nyWhere Learning System menu, select A+LS.
5. After a few moments the A+LS Update Server will be contacted. If there are large updates (over 2MB), click
Yes to apply them.
You should be able to log on and use the A+LS program.
Installing on a OS X-based System
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You must be logged onto your server with root or a user name that has admin privileges to do the following
procedure.
Note that your Java settings need to be set properly for the client to work. Open Finder, select Applications, and
then Utilities. Depending on your version of OS X, select either Java Preferences or Java/Java Preferences. Under
the General tab, in Java Applications (bottom list), confirm that Java SE 6 64-bit is at the top of the list, dragging it
there if necessary.
1. Insert the A+LS install media (typically a USB thumb drive). Wait a few moments while the drive reads the
disc.
2. Using your file manager, open the /scripts folder on the ALS_35 USB drive, then double click on ClientSetup.
3. When the Supply server address dialog box displays (see the figure
on the right) input the following:
Address – A+LS server’s IP address or resolvable name.
Port – Default for A+LS servers is 4445.
Package ID – QuickALS0 is the default value.
4. Click OK to continue.
5. After reviewing the license, click Yes to accept it.
6. When the Select an installation directory dialog box displays, you should normally accept the default location.
If it is inappropriate for OS X, we recommend /Applications/als30/alsclient . To continue, click Next.
7. If necessary, click Yes to create the folder. You are notified that the folder has been created.
8. Click OK to continue. Several brief tests are conducted and several progress dialog boxes come and go.
9. Click OK to complete the install.
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You need to confirm that all of your users can access the client. Open Finder, right click on the A+LS client folder,
and select Get Info. Expand Sharing and Permissions and confirm the rights for everyone is set to Read & Write. If
you made changes, click Apply to enclosed items.
Accessing A+LS in OS X
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If you used the recommended setting, the installation created
an ALSClient inside the /Applications/als30/alsclient folder,
on the workstation. An alias of the ALSClient can be created
and placed on the desktop, for easy student and teacher
access.
1. Use Finder to navigate to /als30/alsclient (typically
found in /Applications).
2. Double click on ALSClient to launch it (circled in the
figure on the left).
Using the A+LS Software
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Quick reference guides are available from AEC which can help you learn the features of the A+LS software:
The Teacher’s Quick Reference Guide to the A+nyWhere Learning System Software - Covers assigning lessons,
creating assessments, grading essays, and more.
The Student’s Quick Reference Guide to the A+nyWhere Learning System Software - for Middle School through
adult users. It introduces the Study/Practice/Test/Essay structure, completing essays, and other daily student
activities.
These guides and additional program and curriculum documentation is available via the online help (in the client,
select Help from the menu bar, then View Manuals).
Exiting the A+LS Software
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Wherever you are in the program, just keep clicking on
closed.
Uninstalling the A+LS Client
, the Stop button, until the A+LS client windows are all
.
Deleting A+LS Directories, Files, & Program Shortcuts
The first task is deleting the alsclient files and folders. Please make sure that the A+LS client is shutdown before
starting this procedure.
1. Using your file manager, locate the \als30\alsclient file structure (typically c:\Program Files\als30\alsclient on
Windows workstations or /Applications/als30/alsclient on OS X-based computers).
2. Highlight \als30, then either delete it or drag it to the trash.
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It may take a few moments.
3. Close the file manager.
4. You should empty your trash to free up hard drive space.
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There may also be one or more A+nyWhere Learning System icons on the desktop and/and in the
Programs folders that need to be deleted.
5. If available, highlight the A+LS desktop shortcut, then delete it. On Windows workstations, click on the Start
button, then Programs, and finally right click on the A+nyWhere Learning System program group and select
Delete from the pop-up menu.
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It may take a few moments to be removed.
Uninstalling Java on Windows Workstations
It is recommended that you DO NOT uninstall Java unless you are absolutely positive that no other applications
require it. If you are unsure do not uninstall it.
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Please note that Java may not appear in the Add/Remove Program panel in Windows XP and if so there is no
practical way to uninstall it on XP. There is also no practical way to remove Java from OS X workstations.
1. Choose the Start button, then Settings, and finally Control Panel.
2. Double click on Add/Remove Programs.
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The Add/Remove Programs Properties window opens.
3. Highlight Java 6.
4. Click on the Change/Remove button, or right click on Java 6 and select Uninstall.
5. Confirm that you want to remove it by clicking Yes.
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If you are asked if ActPanel.dll should be deleted, say Yes.
6. When the programs have been removed, click OK to close the dialog box.
7. Click Close to close the Add/Remove Program Properties window.
8.You should reboot the computer after removing Java.
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10. Customer Support
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Extended hours:
8 A.M. to midnight, Eastern Time, 7 days a week
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Our knowledge base is available at:
support.onlineschoolsolutions.com
Please select the “AEC (A+)” option in the left panel.
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Phone support:
855-K12-TIPS (855-512-8477)
© Copyright 2012 The American Education Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of K12 Inc.
A+, A+nyWhere Learning System, and A+LS are trademarks or registered trademarks of The American Education Corporation.
Java is a trademark of Oracle and/or its affiliates.
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Microsoft, Windows, XP, Vista, and other Microsoft products referenced herein
are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Because AEC has provided leading educational software products bearing the A+ logo for over 10 years,
AEC was granted registered incontestable rights to the A+ logo for educational software in 1997.
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