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Installing Prerequisites

To install Birthright Campaign Manager, the machine needs to have installed several prerequisites. They should be installed in the following order.

Important: run all the steps of this guide as an Administrator (right click on the file, run as Administrator).
  • Windows Installer 4.5
You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=8483. Check the Instructions section at the bottom of your page to know which is the version that you should be installing. Windows Vista and Windows 7 usually have this already installed.
  • .NET Framework 4.0
You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17851. The web installer will download only the needed components for your machine, which in most cases should be around 15MB.
  • Silverlight 5
You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/. The website will tell you which version to install, just accept it and done. It should be a download between 6MB and 12MB.
  • SQL Server 2008 Express R2
You can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=3743. You need to download the one called SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe.

SQL Server installation is a little more complicated than the rest of applications installed so far and you have to set some important values. Follow the screenshots and explanations below to install it correctly.

First, launch the installer and you will see this.

sqlserver1.png

Click on "New installation or add features to an existing installation. The installer will do a bunch of stuff and the following screen should appear.

sqlserver2.png

Accept the license terms and click Next, you will see this:

sqlserver3.png

Here you need to deselect the check box marked as SQL Server Replication and then click Next.

sqlserver4.png

You don't need to do anything in this screen. but if you change any value in this screen, please write it down somewhere! These values will be used later and this guide assumes you are using the default ones.

sqlserver5.png

Nothing to do here, just click Next to get the following screen (this one is the really important one).

sqlserver6.png

Here, you need to make sure of several things:
  • Set Authentication Mode to Mixed Mode (SQL Server authentication and Windows authentication).
  • Write a password: anything works, and it's not very important, but just in case write something you can remember.
  • In Specify SQL Server administrators make sure that the current Windows user is there (like in my case SIRIUS\Vicente). If the user is not there, you can add it with the Add Current User button.
And that is all of it, you can now click Next in all the screens until installation ends. It will take a while, so be patient :)

Birthright Campaign Manager

(This part is not complete yet)

Now, download the latest .zip file containing Birthright Campaign Manager from the downloads section.

Unzip it to anywhere you want. You will see something like this.

(screenshot)

Before installing the tool itself, you need to do some configuration. There are two .bat files in the folder, called Database.bat and User.bat that are used to perform part of this configuration. If you are using a non english version of Windows you need to edit them (right click on them and select edit, or you can open them with notepad). You will see something like this:

"c:\Program Files(x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\100\Tools\Binn\SQLCMD.exe" -i "./Birthright Campaign Manager.sql" - S ./SQLExpress

If your Windows is not english, the part of Program Files(x86) will be different, correct it in both .bat files. And then just double click them to execute them.

After you have run those two files, go to the Application Files/Bin folder and search for another .bat file called Administrator.bat. Run it directly.

Now the last thing left to do, it's to go back to the folder where you decompressed and run the setup.exe file, this will finally install Birthright Campaign Manager in your computer. A shortcut will be created in your Windows start menu (you can copy it to the desktop or wherever you want).

Last edited Mar 30, 2012 at 2:05 AM by Vicente, version 13

Comments

MatCauthonReborn Mar 25, 2012 at 4:17 PM 
I have downloaded the file and it is an .exe file not a .zip file. When I try to execute it it says I am unable to as I have XP Service Pack 2. Is that something I can work around?