PerServ - install under Windows


Prep

(1) On your desktop, create the following empty folder structure:
        Desktop
            +--- PerServ
                    +--- Dev
                    +--- zip_archives
The result will be that you have a visible folder called "PerServ" and there will be two directories under it.

(2) PerServ relies on the name "localhost" being defined in your C:/Windows/System32/drivers/etc/hosts file. If it is not, add a line to the hosts file:

127.0.0.1       localhost

Unpack

Download the zip file you are given (tbd) and save it in both the zip_archives and Dev directories. Unzip the entire contents of the zip file in the Dev directory into the Dev directory. Delete the copy of the zip file in the Dev directory.

You should have a file reachable through the PerServ folder on your desktop: Dev/PS_launch.exe. Run it.

XP restriction: Under XP, the directory path may not contain a space. In particular, the PerServ directory may not be on the desktop. Rather, create a new directory without a space in the name directly under a drive. Most functions of PerServ will work if PerServ directory is on desktop even under XP but Facet-Eye will not. So avoid the grief under XP in troubleshooting and just install PerServ without a space in the path. This no space restriction does not exist on recent versions of Windows (10 and server 2008).

Authorize

You will likely get a firewall warning. Enable PerServ for private networks. It is your choice whether to allow for Public networks. Future version of PerServ will support Public access. For now, we are unaware of risks enabling this since PerServ connects only to local machine. Click Allow access.

The delay in allowing access has likely introduced startup errors. Simply close the logging window and start PerServ again by clicking PerServ/Dev/PS_launch.exe. With access enabled, it will start up normally and display a startup web page.

Autostart

To start PerServ, click the PS_run.exe file. You need to do this each time windows reboots. To have PerServ start automatically, place a link to the PS_run.exe file in the autostart folder. Search the internet for this or use the following list of folders as a guide:

  • Win XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
  • Win 10: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
  • Svr2008: C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup