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Client-Server System Five Installation

The following documents are for the installation of Pervasive SQL and Windward System Five on Microsoft Server in preparation for client workstations to connect to the database.

  1. Preparing directory on Server
  2. Installing Pervasive SQL Server
  3. Installing Windward System Five
  4. Initial launch of Windward System Five and creation of data set

Review the Networking Best Practices before proceeding.


Administrator Permissions for the Server Windward Share and all its files & SubFolders with full Read/Write access

Please ensure that there are no spaces in the directory names for Windward files

Applicable to Pervasive 12 & System 5 version 6.2 UP

Microsoft Server Directory Preparation for Installation

  1. On the ROOT of your C:\ drive, create a new folder named 'Windward'. Alternatively, if you have a second hard drive installed in your computer, creating a 'Windward' folder on the ROOT of that drive would also be acceptable.
  2. Within the newly created '[Drive]:\Windward' folder, create a folder named 'Temp'
  3. Locate the installer file directory and locate System5Install.exe
  4. Have a copy of the said installer and saved in the Temp folder you created.
Video Walkthrough: Server Preparation

Additional information

Please ensure that you setup your directories exactly as outlined in this document to ensure proper function of Pervasive SQL and Windward System Five synchronization utility.

Pervasive SQL Server Installation on Microsoft Server

Video Walkthrough: Pervasive Server Installation
  1. Browse to the [Drive]:\Windward\Temp folder you previously created and copied your installation files to.
  2. Launch your PervasiveSQL server Installation
  3. Proceed with a 'Custom' install
  4. Change the installation directory to [Drive]:\Windward\PVSW
  5. Follow the prompts until installation is complete
  6. Apply Pervasive License Key

System Five Installation on Microsoft Server

  1. Browse to the [Drive]:\Windward\Temp folder you previously created and copied your installation files to.
  2. Launch the System Five installer application (Usually Install.exe or S5Install.exe)
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts ensuring you are installing to the correct directory ( [Drive]:\Windward\Systemfive )
  4. When the installation is complete, there will be two shortcuts on your desktop: System Five and System Five-Training

System Five First Launch and Data Set Creation on Microsoft Server

  1. Launch the System Five shortcut (Not the Training Shortcut)
  2. You will be prompted to Link to an existing Data set or 'Create A New Company'. Select 'Create A New Company' and click 'Next' to continue
  3. The default directory for creating a new company is [Drive]:\Windward\System5\Data You may edit the 'Data' folder name, but using the default is recommended.
  4. When you reach the part where it will ask you to choose a template
  5. Apply System Five license Code
  6. Administrator Account: create the administrator account
  7. Add 1 customer's admin account – you can clone Windward Support user
  8. Enable DSN Click Here

The prerequisite is to not have ANY spaces in the directory name.

Creating Training Dataset

  1. Create a copy of the Live Data folder
  2. Rename that copy to TrainingData
  3. Launch the System Five Training Shortcut
  4. You will be prompted to Link to an existing Data set or 'Create A New Company'. Select 'Link to an existing Data' and click 'Next' to continue
  5. The directory for training is [Drive]:\Windward\System5\TrainingData
  6. Let the customer access Training Data
  7. Go to Setup Tools >Setup Wizard > Miscellaneous > Enable Training
  8. Exit and try to log in, if ok Proceed to next step

System Five Client Installation on Microsoft Windows 8 or higher


The overall idea behind installing a client workstation with System Five is to install 2 software packages and connect to the database. The first software package is the Pervasive client database engine, and the second is the System Five application.

Checks & Measures

  • There should be a file named s5install.exe or install.exe located in [Drive]:\temp
  • There should be “PVSW”, “System5”, and “Temp” Directories under the [Drive]:\ drive
  • You should be able to read, write, and modify all files within the [Drive]:\ drive
  • Under [Drive]:\PVSW there should be a client folder. This folder contains the installation files for the Pervasive Client
  • Under [Drive]:\Temp you should see: install.exe (or S5install.exe) and a PVSW_*XXXX* folder. Where *XXXX* will bent, single or client depending on whether you are using a peer-to-peer or client-server setup

Additional information

System Five uses the pervasive database engine to connect to the data which resides on the server. Pervasive has transactional and file components meaning file security and permissions for the users running System Five are very important.


Administrator Permissions for the Server Windward Share and all its files & SubFolders with full Read/Write

Installation of Pervasive Engine on workstation

** Note: Where [Drive] is the drive that you will be installing to (Default being C: drive)

  1. Map a drive to Server shared 'Windward' folder as [Drive]:
  2. Ensure that the user is able to see all newly created directories in [Drive]:
  3. Run [Drive]:\PVSW\Clients\Win\Setup.exe do a 'Custom' install and Install to [Drive]:\Windward\PVSW
  4. Perform all Communication Tests and Transactional tests.

Installation of Windward System Five on workstation

  1. Run [Drive]:\Temp\install.exe (If a new installation file has been downloaded use [Drive]:\Temp\s5install.exe)
  2. Install to [Drive]:\Windward\System5 to do a local install, do not install to a remote drive.
  3. Accept all other default settings. Finish installation
  4. Shortcut on Workstation desktop is linked to: [Drive]:\Windward\System5\Bin\systemfive.exe
  1. Launch System Five from desktop shortcut.
  2. Select “Link workstation to an existing networked company” and click next
  3. Browse to Mapped network drive location [Drive]:\System5\Data (Or where 'Data' folder has another name eg: “MyCompany”)and click next
  4. Assign a terminal number from available terminals and click 'Next'
  5. You will then receive a message stating that your terminal has been set up. Click 'Finish' to continue

Modifying Desktop Shortcut to prevent terminal ID change

  1. Right-click the shortcut and select 'Properties'
  2. In the 'Target' box, ensure that the line reads C:\Windward\System5\Bin\systemfive.exe
  3. At the end of that line add the command ' /Forcemachine=#' where # is the assigned terminal number
  4. Printer settings are terminal-specific, the above command prevents users from inadvertently changing a terminal number on a workstation thereby losing the ability to print
  5. Additionally you can use the optional command 'smallsplash' to make the splashscreen smaller.
  6. Full target line in shortcut properties would be as follows: '[Drive]:\Windward\System5\Bin\systemfive.exe /smallsplash forcemachine=#' where # is assigned a terminal number.
  7. In the 'Start In' box in shortcut properties, make the entry '[Drive]:\System5\Data'. This will lock that shortcut to a specific data set (Should you have more than one ie: A Training Data Set)

Add Copy Over Batch File

system_five_-_installation.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/29 12:51 (3 years ago) by jege