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    My name is Mike Stanley. I am the Co-Director of the Tyler, Texas FHC. We have 3 computers that we are in the process of Networking together. We already have
    Message 1 of 6 , Jan 1, 2002
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      My name is Mike Stanley. I am the Co-Director of the Tyler, Texas FHC. We have 3 computers that we are in the process of Networking together. We already have them sharing one Printer. Our server computer has a 60gig, 20gig, and a 8gig hard drive on it. We are mainly trying to get Ancestral File and all of the IGI (Addendum, SSDI, MI, SCR) disks put on the computer and networked. I have got all of these disks copied onto the hard drive. At this point, we are having trouble. We are having trouble getting the program to read the D: drive and the disks. I was wondering if there is somebody close to Tyler, Texas (like in the Dallas or Shreveport area) that has their computers Networked together. I would like to come to their FHC and see how their system is set up. Can anyone help me?

      Thank You
      Mike Stanley
      Tyler, TX FHC
      Tyler 1st Ward FH Consultant
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    • Joe
      Just finished setting up 10 computers for our stake. 5 of these computers are networked together at our Stake Center. To set these up I relied on
      Message 2 of 6 , Jan 1, 2002
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        Just finished setting up 10 computers for our stake.  5 of these computers are networked together at our Stake Center.
         
        To set these up I relied on www.fhctech.org to guide me through the process.  I did find that I had to make a few changes.  I will try and outline where I found some areas in the instructions where I had to make these changes.  I will be using the steps outlined on the web site and adding my comments as I go.
         
        I started with the Family History Network install that is found at www.fhctech.org/applications/fswindows.htm
         
        1.Server Install
         
         Make the following folders
         
        C:\PASNET
        D:\IGI 
        E:\AF 
        E:\AD 
        E:\SS
        E:\SCR
        E:\MI
        E:\LC
         
        NOTE    I left my CD ROM as Drive D and placed all the IGI data on our second hard drive with drive letter E:  So in my case I created the following folders on E:  The only change I made from the above example was to place the IGI folder on E: You will need to adjust the drive letter to match where you placed each data folder.
         
        E:\IGI 
        E:\AF
        E:\AD
        E:\SS
        E:\SCR
        E:\MI
        E:\LC
         
        Once you have made these folders you can start to copy from CD-ROM to the hard drive.  I found it easier to use a DOS window and xcopy to copy the data.  It might not seem much but it was allot easier to type one command for each set of discs.
         
        NOTE:  Don't do what I did and create a separate folder for each CD-ROM disc.  I did this before I found out about the fhctech site.
         
        Once I had typed the command I just used the up arrow (under Windows 2000) for each new disc I placed in the CD-ROM.  These are the key strokes I made each time I placed a new CD in the CD-ROM drive:
         
        Up Arrow
        Enter
        A
         
        NOTE:    I made these key strokes as soon as the door of the CD-ROM closed and one after another.  You will notice that the DOS prompt will wait for the CD-ROM to recognizes the disc. Once it has done this, the commands are carried out in order.
        NOTE 2:  You will need to edit the xcopy line once you have copied all the disc from each set.
         
        Below are the command lines you need to enter when you copy each of the sets of data discs.  Although the instructions do not explicitly say so, you do select A on all the data disk sets.  This just overwrite a few files on each disc that are the same.
         

        Copy all the IGI CDs into D:\IGI directory (17.5 GB)

        Type xcopy f:\*.* d:\igi\ /e and press Enter.
        After the first disc has been copied, insert the second disc into the drive and repeat the previous step. Select (A)ll when prompted to overwrite the same files.
        Repeat the previous steps for all the IGI disks.

         

        Copy the IGI Addendum CDs into the E:\AD directory (8.4 GB)

        Type xcopy f:\*.* e:\ad\ /e and press Enter.
        After the first disc has been copied, insert the second disc into the drive and repeat the previous step.
        Repeat the previous steps for all the IGI Addendum disks.

         

        Copy Ancestral File CDs into E:\AF directory (5.6 GB)

        Type xcopy f:\*.* e:\af\ /e and press Enter.
        After the first disc has been copied, insert the second disc into the drive and repeat the previous step.

        Repeat the previous steps for all the AF disks.


        Copy the U.S. Social Security Death Index CDs into the E:\SS directory (1.5 GB)

        Type xcopy f:\*.* e:\ss\ /e and press Enter.
        After the first disc has been copied, insert the second disc into the drive and repeat the previous step.
        Repeat the previous steps for all the SS disks.

         

        Copy the Scottish Church Records CD into the E:\SCR directory (630 MB)

        Type xcopy f:\*.* e:\scr\ /s/e/v and press Enter.

         

        Copy the Military Index CD into the E:\MI directory (500 MB)

        Type xcopy f:\*.* e:\mi\ /s/e/v and press Enter.

         

        Copy Family History Library Catalog CD into E:\LC directory (450 MB)

        Type xcopy f:\*.* e:\lc\ /s/e/v and press Enter.

         

        Total on E: drive: 39.3 MB

         
        2. Add the following lines to your autoexec.bat file under Windows 95/98.  If you installed under Windows 2000, This file can be created using a Note Pad and renaming the file to autoexec.bat.  Once this file is created, place the autaexec.bat file in your startup folder under each user's profile (We have two.  Administrator and Family History).  If you just use the autoexec.bat file located under C: on Windows 2000, it will not work.  Windows 2000 does not run this file at startup.
         
        SUBST P: C:\PASNET
        SUBST H: E:\AD
        SUBST I: E:\AF
        SUBST J: D:\IGI
        SUBST K: E:\LC
        SUBST L: E:\MI
        SUBST M: E:\SCR
        SUBST N: E:\SS
         
        NOTE:  If you installed all your data to E:, as I did, you will need to change the D on the IGI line to an E:
        NOTE 2:  If you copied over the dirctory structure for Family Search found on the fhctech Yahoo page, There is a few changes you will need to make to the autoexec.bat file that is located in the C:\pasnet directory if you want to use this files.  The SUBST P: C:\PASDATA\PASNET should be changed to SUBST P: C:\PASNET.  You will also need to change SUBST H: E:\ADD to SUBST H: E:\AD and change SUBST N: E:\SSN to SUBST N: E:\SS.  The last two changes I think are typos.
         
        Before Family Search will run correctly you will need to reboot or just execute the autoexec.bat file.
         
        3. ignore because you are doing a network install.
         
        4.  I found that this step did not work under Windows 2000.  I am not sure about Windows 95/98.  Once I rebooted the drives that I had mapped to the substituted drive letters did not show up.  The better way to do this is to just go to the drive you copied all the data to and share out each folder.  I left the folder names as the name of each share.  Once you have completed this step you should have the following shares:
         
        AD, AF, IGI, LC, MI, SCR, SS
         
        NOTE:  The server does not need these.  These shares are only for the clients connecting to the server for the data.
         
        5 and 6 (Client Install)
         
        I found it easier to just download the pasnet.zip file from the fhctech Yahoo page.  Once you have this file, extract it using the path option.  Under Windows 2000 the files were placed in the "My Documents" as \PASDATA\PASNET.  I moved the folder structure to C:\ but leaving out the \PASDATA folder.  Once this step is completed you should have a folder called C:\PASNET were the Family History program is located.  At this point you can create a Shortcut on the desktop and point it to : C:\PASNET|PAS|PAS.EXE.
         
        Under Windows 2000 you will need to edit this shortcut as follows.  Select "Properties on the icon,  go to the "Memory Tab" and change the Expanded Memory drop-down to 2048.   Go to the "Screen" tab and select "Full Screen". Go to the "Program" tab and select change ICON.  You can browse to C:\PASNET\PAS folder and use the fs.ico file.
         
        You now need to map some network drives on each of the clients.  You do this by choosing "MAP Network Drive" from the "Tools" menu from within Windows Explorer.  Chose the drive letter you want then browse to the server and select the share folder that matches the drive letter you are using.  Also make sure you select "Restore at Logon"
         
        When you are done, your map drives should look something like this:
         
        AD on (Server name) (H)
        AF on (Server name) (I)
        IGI on (Server name) (J)
        LC on (Server name) (K)
        MI on (Server name) (L)
        SCR on (Server name) (M)
        SS on (Server name) (N)
         
        NOTE:  I mapped these drives twice.  Once under the Default "Family History" user account and once under the "Administrator account.  You only need to do this if you want the administrator account to use Family Search.  We wanted to control what user can do while on the system plus allow the administrator to login and use Family Search.  We created a "Power User" account named Family History to limit access to each computer.
         
        You then need to create or edit the autoexe.bat files for each client.  The only line you need to add in this file for Family Search to work is: SUBST P: C:\PASNET.  You can use the instruction in Step 2 above to create and place this file in the right location.
         
        Before Family Search will run correctly you will need to reboot or just execute the autoexec.bat file.
         
        It is also important that the server is booted up completely before any of the clients are.  This will help with the clients reconnect the map drives at startup.  Under Windows 2000 I have found that if the shares are not available for mapping at startup,  the user will be prompted with a message about the share is not available.  You will not get prompted with this message again if you check off the box about seeing this message next time.  You should select NO to any message about "Do you want to disconnect these drives". The client will restore the connection once the server is up and once the client tries to access the map drive.  This feature does not work under Windows 95/98.
         
        I think I have covered everything.  Please let me know if you have any questions.
         
        Joe Coyle
        Stake Computer Specialist
        Nashua New Hampshire Stake
        ----- Original Message -----
        Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2002 9:04 AM
        Subject: [fhctech] Networking Computers

        My name is Mike Stanley. I am the Co-Director of the Tyler, Texas FHC. We have 3 computers that we are in the process of Networking together. We already have them sharing one Printer. Our server computer has a 60gig, 20gig, and a 8gig hard drive on it. We are mainly trying to get Ancestral File and all of the IGI (Addendum, SSDI, MI, SCR) disks put on the computer and networked. I have got all of these disks copied onto the hard drive. At this point, we are having trouble. We are having trouble getting the program to read the D: drive and the disks. I was wondering if there is somebody close to Tyler, Texas (like in the Dallas or Shreveport area) that has their computers Networked together. I would like to come to their FHC and see how their system is set up. Can anyone help me?

        Thank You
        Mike Stanley
        Tyler, TX FHC
        Tyler 1st Ward FH Consultant
        Searchin4family@...


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      • Binkfraze@aol.com
        In a message dated 1/1/02 7:05:02 AM Mountain Standard Time, searchin4family@aol.com writes: Mike: We, here at the El Paso Texas
        Message 3 of 6 , Jan 1, 2002
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          In a message dated 1/1/02 7:05:02 AM Mountain Standard Time,
          searchin4family@... writes:

          << fhctech@yahoogroups.com >>

          Mike:

          We, here at the El Paso Texas FHC (Eastside of El Paso), are networked. It's
          a little far to come to check us out -- but -- after we were "up and going"
          and had some problems, we were helped by the following websites:


          <A HREF="http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~fhcnet/fhctech/rebonet2.html">A
          FamilySearch Networking Solution</A>

          <A HREF="http://fhctech.org/">FHC Technology home page</A>

          Hope this helps. Take care,

          Sallie & Mel Frazee, Directors
          El Paso Texas FHC (Eastside of El Paso, Texas)
          binkfraze@...
        • Richard
          I have had a network of Win95 clients and a W2000 Pro Server running for quite awhile. I decided to add a Win98SE machine to the system. Everything works
          Message 4 of 6 , Jan 1, 2002
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            I have had a network of Win95 clients and a W2000 Pro "Server" running for quite awhile. I decided to add a Win98SE machine to the system. Everything works except the Vital Records for Mexico (both Birth/Christenings and Marriages) and the Birth/Christenings for Finland. In both of these cases no records are found while the corresponding records are found using the Win95 or 2000 system. Permissions on the shares and all the folders and files are Full Control for Everyone.
             
            I have reinstalled the Viewer (version 4), and made sure the registry changes were correct. I even did an export of the Family History registry tree  from one of the Win95 system to the Win98 system just to make sure all was correct.
             
            Any ideas?
             
             
             
            Richard
            Mesa, AZ
          • Ken Keller
            Hi Richard, Yes, I had the same config and prob with Denmark. It turns out that we had just gotten a bad copy of the Denmark IGI. So, I suggest that you
            Message 5 of 6 , Jan 2, 2002
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              Hi Richard,

              Yes, I had the same config and prob with Denmark.  It turns out that we had just gotten a bad copy of the Denmark IGI.  So, I suggest that you recopy the disks that represent the problem areas.

              Ken

              At 07:51 PM 1/1/02 -0700, you wrote:
              I have had a network of Win95 clients and a W2000 Pro "Server" running for quite awhile. I decided to add a Win98SE machine to the system. Everything works except the Vital Records for Mexico (both Birth/Christenings and Marriages) and the Birth/Christenings for Finland. In both of these cases no records are found while the corresponding records are found using the Win95 or 2000 system. Permissions on the shares and all the folders and files are Full Control for Everyone.
               
              I have reinstalled the Viewer (version 4), and made sure the registry changes were correct. I even did an export of the Family History registry tree  from one of the Win95 system to the Win98 system just to make sure all was correct.
               
              Any ideas?
               
               
               
              Richard
              Mesa, AZ

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            • Richard
              Ok, I have tried that and no luck. I reinstalled the cd files to the server and even reinstalled the viewer on the workstation and the problem persists. ...
              Message 6 of 6 , Jan 5, 2002
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                Ok, I have tried that and no luck.
                 
                I reinstalled the cd files to the server and even reinstalled the viewer on the workstation and the problem persists.
                 
                -----Original Message-----
                From: Ken Keller [mailto:krk@...]
                Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 3:12 PM
                To: fhctech@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: Re: [fhctech] FHRF and WIN98

                Hi Richard,

                Yes, I had the same config and prob with Denmark.  It turns out that we had just gotten a bad copy of the Denmark IGI.  So, I suggest that you recopy the disks that represent the problem areas. 

                Ken

                At 07:51 PM 1/1/02 -0700, you wrote:
                I have had a network of Win95 clients and a W2000 Pro "Server" running for quite awhile. I decided to add a Win98SE machine to the system. Everything works except the Vital Records for Mexico (both Birth/Christenings and Marriages) and the Birth/Christenings for Finland. In both of these cases no records are found while the corresponding records are found using the Win95 or 2000 system. Permissions on the shares and all the folders and files are Full Control for Everyone.
                 
                I have reinstalled the Viewer (version 4), and made sure the registry changes were correct. I even did an export of the Family History registry tree  from one of the Win95 system to the Win98 system just to make sure all was correct.
                 
                Any ideas?
                 
                 
                 
                Richard
                Mesa, AZ

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