Network Installation Instructions
revised   05-18-2005

If you have a network in your facility and you have purchased more than one License of SPC Express for Windows, you should consider installing SPC Express on your central file server and also storing your data files on the server as well. The advantages are:

Installation Instructions:

At the SERVER:
The purpose of this step is so that you won't need to carry the installation CD around to each of the workstations (some of them might not even have a CD drive).

  1. Make a folder on your server called C:\SPCXW_CD or any folder that can be accessed by your workstations.
  2. Save the 4 setup files from your Installation CD in that folder.
    These 4 files are called Setup.exe, Setup.w02, Setup.w03, and Setup.w04
At the first WORKSTATION:
  1. Install SPC Express either from the CD or from the Setup.exe file which you saved on your server in the previous step.   Do this by double-clicking on the Setup.exe file in Explorer.   When asked where you want to install SPC Express, choose a drive and folder on your server, such as H:\SPCXW.
Then, at each WORKSTATION - including the first one:
  1. Install SPC Express either from the CD or from the Setup.exe file which you saved on your server in the previous step.   Do this by double-clicking on the Setup.exe file in Explorer.   When asked where you want to install SPC Express, choose your local C drive, such as C:\SPCXW.
  2. Copy the License.txt file from your License Diskette into your C:\SPCXW folder.
  3. Make a short-cut on your desktop that uses the Expwin.exe on your server and uses C:\SPCXW as your 'Start-in' folder.   Here's how...
    • Create a short-cut by opening the H:\SPCXW folder in Explorer, right-click on Expwin.exe, and while holding down the RIGHT (not Left) mouse button, drag the file onto your desk-top.   As soon as you release the right mouse button a small menu will pop-up.   Choose the option called 'Create Shortcut here'.   This will create a short-cut to SPC Express for Windows.
    • Now right-click on your SPC Express short-cut and choose 'Properties'.   Look for the definitions for 'Target' and 'Start-in'.   Target should be OK.   It will say something like H:\SPCXW\Expwin.exe.   The Start-in folder should be modified to say C:\SPCXW (the local C drive of that workstation).
    • Note: The 'Start-in' folder must contain, as a minimum, the following files:
      • MR$$97.MMS
      • MR$$2000.MMS
      • GLOBAL$$.MMS
      • License.txt
      This is where the Global Preferences for each workstation is stored.
  4. It is suggested that you DELETE the Expwin.exe from your local C:\SPCXW folder, so that no one will accidentally launch SPC Express from your C drive.   This would only be a problem if the version on your local workstation is out-of-date, since you'll probably just want to perform updates on the server only.
  5. You should now be able to start SPC Express at the workstation by double-clicking on the Short-cut.   Do that now.
  6. Once SPC Express is running, click on the File Menu and choose 'Global Preferences'.  
    • Define your 'Report Title' (company name)
    • Set the 'Default Data Folder' to point to a folder on your Server where you will be keeping your data files, such as H:\SPCDataFiles\Line1
    • Define the Node ID (Station Name) on the AutoScope Settings tab.   Even if you don't have the AutoScope option installed, this name will be used in the email alerts.

Alternate Method:
You could install SPC Express locally on each workstation and still keep your data files on the server.   If you choose to do it this way, you'll need to do an update at each workstation every time a new release of SPC Express comes out.


Optional AutoScope:
If you are using the optional AutoScope, refer to the screen below to see how to set the Global Preferences at each station: