Where is Powerforce installed?

This document details how to locate the physical location of your Powerforce installation.

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Overview

  • Your Powerforce system is setup according to your internal IT structure.
    If you do not have the Powerforce shortcut on your desktop, refer to your IT support to set it up.
  • To find the location of your Powerforce either to install a patch or to register a new software components, you'll need to know where your Powerforce resides.
  • Locate your Powerforce shortcut, click on it, and click the right-mouse button, to get an image 'similar' to the following:

shortcut

Select the element titled "Properties" to get the next screen, which will resemble the image below. The details against "Start in" reflect the path or location of where your Powerforce is installed. This is your Powerforce "HOME directory".

shortcut


Setup for 'test' version of Powerforce

It is our practice to install a 'test' version of Powerforce for those clients with more than 100 employees, to facilitate the staging of software patches into the customer's environment.
This is done to enable you to test the software patches and confirm that nothing in the patches will adversely affect your production environment. Once you confirm that the patch is ok, you may apply the patch to your production system. What we recommend is the setting up of a complete copy of your production application, and then create a secondary shortcut to the test environment. This environment, not only being a test-bed for software patches may also be used for staff training without adversely affecting live data.

We recommend a setup similar to the following:

shortcuts

  • Here we have 2 shortcuts - the LHS represents the production version and a copy on the RHS points to a seperate 'home' directory 'c:\cor_test'.
  • In the test directory (c:\cor_test), create a DOS file called 'powerforce.ini' with the value 1 on line 1, to provide you a visual cue that you are running a test version of Powerforce.
  • Note that the directory is changed in 2 locations (the "Target:" line as well as the "Start in:"). Both must be set for this functionality to work correctly.

In this instance, we colour the form outline in 'pink', which is generally quite noticeable, as these images show:

test login form and pink forms