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Installing Windows NT and all of the components and
service packs that the DataFlex WebApp Server needed
was a very frustrating experience. The main problem
was the lack of documentation that told me what order
to install which components. Sometimes, obvious
simplifications would cause problems in the final installation
and the entire installation would have to be restarted
from scratch. For example, it didn't make sense
to me to install Internet Explorer 4 if I was going
to later install Internet Explorer 5. Why not
just install Internet Explorer 5 instead? Because
service pack 4 needs IE4 installed before IE5 is installed.
It also didn't make sense to me to install dial up
networking because the laptop I was using didn't have
a modem and I had no plans on installing a modem.
To make the Microsoft ASP system install correctly,
though, dialup networking must be installed. What
Microsoft (or the documentation) don't tell you is that
TCP/IP resources are installed when dial up networking
I was so frustrated at this whole installation process
that at one point I began calling the target computer
Crasher . That name stuck, and it's even
in the installation notes.
Another frustrating factor was that nothing in the
DAC documentation told me how to obtain the Windows
NT Server 4.0 Option Pack. I eventually found
it on the Microsoft web site but it was only available
(at that time) to MSDN subscribers. Since I wasn't
an MSDN subscriber and I didn't want to pay the $400+
to become an MSDN subscriber, I called a local NT specialist.
They kindly burned a CD for me with the option pack
that I needed. The charge was pretty minimal.
When I originally installed the DataFlex Web App Server,
the only approved service pack was SP4. Since
then, I've been using service pack 6A and it has worked
well for me. You can get the 6A service pack at
NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a.
These installation instructions have been successfully
used to install Window NT Workstation, the option packs
and the DataFlex Web App Server on the following platforms:
Compaq Laptop with a 9G hard drive and 64 meg of
Monorail (clone) with a 10G hard drive and 128 meg
Dell Latitude laptop with 4G hard drive and 40 meg
At various points throughout the installation process,
appropriate OEM device drivers are loaded on the machine.
These steps are optional if the default Windows NT drivers
are sufficient or the original OEM drivers are not available.
The NT Workstation machine is networked through a Linksys
hub to Windows 95 and Windows 98 machines. One
of my goals is to install NT in a way that allows it
to communicate to the other machines on the network.
Products and CDs needed:
Where to obtain it
Windows NT Workstation CD and installation
Local computer stores and at online software
Installation diskettes are not needed if your
CD and BIOS allow a cold boot from the CD.
App Server Installation Instructions
(c) 2000 The Database Managers, Inc.
At various points throughout the installation, you
may see Big Scary Messages that warn you that you are
about to run a program or that the program's authentication
can not be verified. Just ignore those messages
and do whatever you need to continue the installation.
Steps that take a while to complete
are documented in this color. You can take
a coffee break, go to lunch or do something without
affecting the overall time it takes to complete the
Did these installation instructions help you?
Can you suggest improvements?
Please email me at
and tell me about the experience you had in installing
DataFlex Web App Server on Windows NT. I'm not
qualified to help resolve any problems -- if its not
in these instructions, then I can't help you.