Windows Server Core is a minimal Windows installation that does not use a number of GUI features. You can install DiffDog Server on a Windows Server Core machine as follows:
1.Download the DiffDog Server installer executable from the Altova website. This file is named DiffDogServer.exe. Make sure to choose the executable matching your server platform (32-bit or 64-bit).
2.On a standard Windows machine (not the Windows Server Core machine), run the command DiffDogServer.exe /u. This unpacks the .msi file to the same folder as the installer executable.
3.Copy the unpacked .msi file to the Windows Server Core machine.
4.If you are updating an earlier version of DiffDog Server, shut down DiffDog Server before carrying out the next step.
5.Use the .msi file for the installation by running the command msiexec /i DiffDogServer.msi. This starts the installation on Windows Server Core.
|Note:||When upgrading to a major version, you can retain your DiffDog Server settings by using the properties listed in the subsections of this section: (i) Webserver Properties, (ii) SSL-Webserver Properties, and (iii) Service Properties.|
Important: Keep the MSI file!
Note the following points:
•Keep the extracted .msi file in a safe place. You will need it later to uninstall, repair, or modify your installation.
•If you want to rename the MSI file, do this before you install DiffDog Server.
•The MSI filename is stored in the registry. You can update its name there if the filename has changed.
If you are installing DiffDog Server for the first time or are upgrading to a major version, you will need to register DiffDog Server with an Altova LicenseServer on your network. If you are upgrading to a non-major version of DiffDog Server, then the previous LicenseServer registration will be known to the installation and there is no need to register DiffDog Server with LicenseServer. However, if you want to change the LicenseServer that is used by DiffDog Server at any time, then you will need to register DiffDog Server with the new LicenseServer.
To register DiffDog Server with an Altova LicenseServer during installation, run the installation command with the REGISTER_WITH-LICENSE_SERVER property, as listed below, providing the name or address of the LicenseServer machine as the value of the property, for example:
msiexec /i DiffDogServer.msi REGISTER_WITH_LICENSE_SERVER="localhost"
To register DiffDog Server with an Altova LicenseServer after installation, run the following command:
msiexec /r DiffDogServer.msi REGISTER_WITH_LICENSE_SERVER="<MyLS-IPAddress>"
Given below are a set of commands that are useful in the installation context.
To test the return value of the installation, run a script similar to that below. The return code will be in the %errorlevel% environment variable. A return code of 0 indicates success.
start /wait msiexec /i DiffDogServer.msi /q
For a silent installation with a return code and a log of the installation process:
start /wait msiexec /i DiffDogServer.msi /q /L*v! <pathToInstallLogFile>
To modify the installation:
msiexec /m DiffDogServer.msi
To repair the installation:
msiexec /r DiffDogServer.msi
To uninstall DiffDog Server:
msiexec /x DiffDogServer.msi
To uninstall DiffDog Server silently and report the detailed outcome in a log file:
start /wait msiexec /x DiffDogServer.msi /q /L*v! <pathToUninstallLogFile>
To install DiffDog Server using another langauge (available language codes are: German=de; Spanish=es; French=fr):
msiexec /i DiffDogServer.msi INSTALLER_LANGUAGE=<languageCode>
|Note:||On Windows Server Core, the charts functionality of DiffDog Server will not be available.|