The following information describes the installation and configuration for assistive computer technology software on a network.
Note: Users should be aware that there is a trade-off in network installation; although in most cases networked software will offer the same functionality as with a local installation, this can be dependent on what type of network environment you are working in.
If you have questions about the installation order, configuration of any of the software applications, or the appropriateness of networking your assistive computer technology in your particular circumstances, please contact the High Tech Center Training Unit .
Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1 (with all Critical Updates from Microsoft)
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
This section provides a brief overview of the networking features of each software program as well considerations that users should keep in mind before networking their programs. Programs are listed in the order in which they should be installed.
The Window-Eyes Professional CD comes with an option to do either local or network installation of the application.
The network installation allows for floating licenses and user profiles.
Drawbacks of networking this application are that the client and server communicate using Universal Naming Convention (UNC), and that the shared folder where the Window-Eyes resides on the server must be mapped to a local drive at all times on the client.
Documentation on network installation and management is located on the Window-Eyes CD. The file is called wineyes.pdf . Open this document and refer to pages 31-32.
The Jaws installation CD comes with an option to do either local or network installation of the application.
The network installation allows for floating licenses and user profiles. Jaws also includes a network management tool that allows you to either restrict or include access to run Jaws on different computers on your network. This tool also lets you manage the user profiles.
Drawbacks of networking this application are that:
Help documentation is on the JAWS CD-ROM at: \Tools\Automatic Install Image\HELP\ENU\JFW.chm
Although the Zoomtext installation CD does not offer a network installation option, you can create a script that will allow for some networking functions, such as the ability to have floating profiles as long as you have unique log-in names for each user. However, Zoomtext offers no license management.
Same installation procedure as a local installation.
In order to install a network version of Kurzweil 3000, you have to specifically buy the CD containing the network version.
The network version comes with an easy-to-use server management tool that allows you to log and run reports on Kurzweil usage statistics. Also, it allows for floating profiles and licenses. Another feature of the network version is that if the server shuts down while a client is using Kurzweil 3000, a dialogue box will pop up to tell users that they have 5 minutes before Kurzweil will shutdown. The server can also send customized messages to all or individual users that are logged into Kurzweil (e.g., to alert them when the lab is closing).
A limitation of the network version of Kurzweil 3000 is that the server must have static IP addresses.
Included with the program documentation comes a booklet named “Kurzweil 3000 Network Installation and Administration Guide.” The CD also offers more information about installation, located at: \K3000Server\Readme.rtf
The Inspiration installation CD comes with an option to do either local or network installation of the application.
A feature of the network version is that administrators can restrict access so that templates are read-only.
Some drawbacks of the network version of Inspiration are that it uses UNC naming for connecting a client to the server, and that having Inspiration installed on a server slows the start-up time of Inspiration and adds more traffic to the network.
Included with your purchase of Inspiration comes a 2-page paper with detailed information on how to network Inspiration.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
The Dragon Naturally Speaking installation CD comes with an option to do either local or network installation of the application.
Dragon has limited network features. It does come with the ability to do a push install . You can also have centralized speech profiles on the server and with scripting have them be downloaded to the client computers.
For the push technology, you must have Windows 2000 Advanced Server with System
Management Server (SMS) and Active Directory Services (ADS).
Refer to the following papers for more information on networking Dragon Naturally Speaking: “Dragon Naturally Speaking in an Enterprise Environment” and “Creating a Windows Installer (MSI) Version of Dragon Naturally Speaking Installation Version 7.”
In a network, the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) is a way to identify a shared file on a computer. In Microsoft Windows, the UNC format is
\\servername\share name for directory \
Note: Connecting to a remote computer through UNC can by difficult if computers are on different domains.