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CorelDRAW X5 Network Deployment Guide - Chapter 2 Understanding the software

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Chapter 2 Understanding the software

This chapter provides the system requirements and technical specifications for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5. It can help make your network deployment of the software as easy as possible.

This chapter answers the following questions:

What is included in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5? What are the system requirements for the software? Where is the Readme file for the software?

What access rights are required for installing the software? What files are required by the setup?

What types of files can interact with the setup? How do I register the software?

How do I maintain the software?

What is included in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5?

CorelDRAW Graphics SuiteX5 includes the following:

  • CorelDRAW® X5
  • Corel® PHOTO-PAINT X5 Corel CAPTURE X5 Corel®CONNECT Bitstream Font Navigator
  • Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications 6.4 Microsoft® Visual Studio® Tools for Applications 2.0
  • Please note that workstation users require elevated access privileges to run Bitstream Font Navigator. The required user-access level depends on the operating system:
  • Windows 7® administrator- level privileges Windows Vista® administrator-level privileges Windows XP® Power User privileges

What's on the DVD?

The CorelDRAW graphics Suite X5 DVD contains the installation files and application files. These files are compressed, so you cannot simply copy them from the installation disc to create a server image. For information on the required installation files, see What files are required by the setup? on page 13.

The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 DVD also contains the following extra content:

professional clipart images and templates photos and objects fonts video tutorials (require Windows Media® Player 10)

What are the system requirements for the software?

To allow the installation of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5, workstations must include the following:

  • Operating system with the latest service pack and critical updates: 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP
  • Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon 64, or AMD Opteron 1GB of RAM
  • 750 MB of hard-disk space (1 GB for a typical installation without extra content)
  • Mouse or tablet
  • 1024 × 768 or greater screen resolution (768 × 1024 on a tablet PC)
  • DVD drive
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 7.0 or later

Where is the Readme file for the software?

The CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 DVD provides a Readme file that contains important technical information about the software. It s a good idea to review the contents of this Readme file before you begin the deployment.

To access the Readme file

1 Insert the Coreldraw graphics Suite X5 DVD into the DVD drive.

2 On the Windows taskbar, do one of the following:

In Windows 7 or Windows XP, click Start > Run.

In Windows Vista, click the Start button, and then click All programs > Accessories >Run.

3 Type X:\English\Readme.html, where X: is the DVD drive.

What access rights are required for installing the software?

To create a server image, you must

be either a local administrator or an administrator for the domain that you are managing

have read/write access to the server location To deploy the software to the workstations, you must

be either a local administrator or an administrator for the domain that you are managing

have read access to the server location

If you want workstation users to be able to install (or patch) the software themselves, you must ensure that they have administrator-level access rights. To assign access rights to workstation users, Windows-based networks use Group Policy Objects or GPOs (also called system policies). Stored in a central network location, GPOs are used to automatically update the registry settings on each workstation when its user logs in to the network.

If you want to give users administrator-level access rights (either temporarily or permanently), you may need to configure the GPOs for your network. Administrators can configure GPOs by using a Group Policy editor. To access the Group Policy Editor that installs with the Windows operating system, do the following:

In Windows 7 or Windows XP, click 'Start > Run ,and then run the file gpedit.msc.

In Windows Vista, click the
Start button, click All programs Accessories > '
Run, and then run the file gpedit.msc

To successfully install the software on the workstations, users require the following three system policies to be enabled:

Computer configuration\ Administrative templates\ Windows components\Windows installer \ Always install with elevated privileges

Computer configuration\Administrative templates\ Windows components\Windows installer \ Enable user control over installs

User Configuration\ Administrative templates\ Windows components\Windows installer \ Always install with elevated privileges

To successfully install the software during a terminal (or remote desktop ) session, users require the following system policy to be enabled:

Computer configuration\Administrative templates \ Windows components \ Windows installer\ Allow admin to install from Terminal Services session

To allow the successful patching of the installed software, users who have limited access rights require the following system policy to be enabled:

Computer configuration \Administrative templates\ Windows components \ Windows installer \ Enable user to patch elevated products

For help with using Group Policy Objects with Corel software, contact Corel Support Services(www.corel.com/support).Please note that charges will apply.

What files are required by the setup?

The setup folder on the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 DVD contains all the files that are used by the setup.

The three main files used by the setup are the following:

  • Setup.exe
  • Setup.msi
  • Setup.xml

The setup is designed to interact with additional types of files, some of which are included with the software. For more information, see What types of files can interact with the setup? on page 16.

What is Setup.exe?

Stored at the root of the Setup folder, the Setup.exe file lets you run an installation wizard to create a server image of the software.

When you create a server image, a copy of the Setup.exe file is created on that server image. You can use this copy of the Setup.exe file to deploy the software to the workstations by using a command line (see Chapter 4), as in a pull-installation scenario (see Chapter 5) or a push installation scenario (see Chapter 6). You can also use the file to repair, modify, update, or remove the workstation installations of the software (see Chapter 7).

The filename Setup.exe is a standard one for utilities that are used to install applications. In this guide, Setup.exe refers to the Setup.exe file for Coreldraw graphics Suite X5, unless otherwise noted.

What is Setup.msi?

Located at Setup \ CGS15 , the Setup.msi file is a Microsoft Windows 'Installer (MSI) file that contains a database of all the setup features and registry keys that are required for the software. The file also defines the folders and shortcuts that must be installed with the software.

The server image contains a copy of the Setup.msi file. You can customize this copy of theSetup.msi file by modifying the content stored within the file s MSI tables . When theSetup.msi file is modified on the server image, the workstation installations created from that server image are modified accordingly. If you want, You can create multiple server images, each with its own Setup.msi file customized with the desired settings just be sure to name the various server images clearly so that they can be easily distinguished from one another.

Various components of the software are store din additional MSI files. Some of these MSI files are required by the setup, while others represent optional features of the software. The setup uses these additional MSI files to carry out the installation, based on the specified installation settings.

What additional MSI files are required by the setup?

Besides Setup.msi , the setup requires additional MSI files to carry out the installation. Among these required MSI files are the following:

'Setup '\ ICA.msi

Setup \ CGS15 \ 64BitKey.msi Setup \ CGS15 \ ShellExt.msi

In addition, the setup requires at least one of the language-module MSI files that are stored at Setup \ CGS15 . The language modules that are available vary with each edition of the software.

  • BP.msi installs the Brazilian Portuguese language module
  • CS.msi installs the Chinese (Simplified) language module
  • CT.msi installs the Chinese (Traditional) language module
  • CZ.msi installs the Czech language module
  • DE.msi installs the German language module
  • EN.msi installs the English language module
  • ES.msi installs the Spanish language module
  • FR.msi installs the French language module
  • IT.msi installs the Italian language module
  • JP.msi installs the Japanese language module
  • KR.msi installs the Korean language module
  • MA.msi installs the Hungarian language module
  • NL.msi installs the Dutch language module
  • PL.msi installs the Polish language module
  • RU.msi installs the Russian language module
  • SU.msi installs the Finnish language module
  • SV.msi installs the Swedish language module
  • TR.msi installs the Turkish language module

What additional MSI files are used by the setup?

To install the applications that are included with the software, the setup uses the followings files (stored at Setup \ CGS15 ):

Capture.msi installs Corel CAPTURE Draw.msi installs CorelDRAW

FontNav.msi installs Bitstream Font Navigator PHOTO-PAINT.msi installs Corel PHOTO-PAINT

To install the various components of the software, the setup uses additional MSI files (stored at Setup \ CGS15), such as the following:

Ghostscript.msi installs the general public license (GPL) for Ghostscript, a technology that enhances support for importing EPS files and PostScript®files

VBA.msi with the files in the VBA subfolder, installs the Microsoft VisualBasic for Applications 6.4feature

CGS_VSTA.msi with the files in the VSTA subfolder, installs the Microsoft Visual Studio Tools forApplications2.0feature

If you want, you can exclude any of these MSI files from the setup by creating a customized server image. Excluding an MSI file prevents the corresponding feature from being installed. For more information, see Can I customize the setup file set on the server image? on page 66.

What is Setup.xml?

Located at the root of the Setup folder, Setup.xml is a text file that lists all the features that are included in the setup. It is the main configuration file for the setup.

When you create a server image, a copy of the Setup.xml file is created on that server image. If you want to customize the setup fileset on the server image, you must edit the Setup.xml file to reflect any changes made to the fileset. For more information on this procedure and on the contents of the Setup.xml file, see Can I customize the setup files on the server image? on page 66.

What types of files can interact with the setup?

The setup is designed to interact with the following types of files:

package definition (SMS) files Microsoft transformation (MST)files

What are SMS files?

SMS files , often called package definition files or simply packages , are used with Microsoft Systems Management Server, a third-party push technology that can be used to deploy software.

SMS files are available on the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 DVD at 'Setup '\ CGS15 \ Administrator . Copies are stored on the server image at

'cgs15 '\ administrator.

For more information on using SMS files, see How do I deploy the software with Microsoft Systems Management Server? on page 41.

What are MST files?

Microsoft transformation (MST) files , sometimes called simply transformation files or even transforms, apply a group of customized settings to the software. Some administrators choose to create their own MST files to make the deployment easier. Third-party applications that can be used to create MST files include the following:

Wise Installation Studio

AdminStudio®

Orca (a free utility that comes with the Windows Installer SDK, which is available online from the MSDN developer program)

By using MST files, you can do any of the following:

Specify which features are installed. You can select which features or programs are installed locally, which are set to run from the network, and which are not installed at all (as in a customized installation of the software).

Change the default location of files. Default folder settings typically reside in the registry, so you can modify default pointers by using an MST file.

Add the ability to bundle customized files with the software. Including your own files is one way to customize the software.

Add the ability to make registry modifications. You can change the default application settings by adding or changing the registry entries for the software.

Specify values for any available public properties. You can customize settings such as the installation path or the user name by specifying values for the corresponding public pr'operties.

There are three types of MST files:

embedded transforms Stored inside the MSI file of a package, these files guarantee that the transformations are available to users when the installation package is available.

secured transforms Stored locally on a read-only portion of the workstations, these files are cached during the installation or advertisement of a package, for use during sub-sequent on demand installations or maintenance installations of that package. Secured transforms can be modified only by administrators.

unsecured transforms These files are the default transformation files and are typically used by Corel applications. Unsecured transforms can be stored in the same folder as the MSI file(oral most any other folder) and executed through the command line; however, unsecured transforms cannot be combined in the same list as secured transforms.

A discussion of embedded transforms and secured transforms is beyond the scope of this guide. Any mention of MST files in this guide refers to unsecured transforms.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 does not provide any MST files, but you can apply MST files of your own by specifying the min command line. For information, see How do I apply MST files? on page 32.

How do I register the software?

Registering CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 is important. Registration provides you with timely access to the latest product updates, valuable information about product releases, and access to free downloads, articles, tips and tricks, and special offers.

Detailed registration procedures are included within the appropriate sections in this guide. For more information about registering the software, visit www.corel.com/support/register.

How do I maintain the software?

Occasionally, you may find it necessary to repair or modify your workstation installations of the software. For more information, see Chapter 7.

Corel Corporation periodically releases Microsoft patch (MSP) files , or patches, for its products. These patches are made available through the Corel Support Services Website(www.corel.com/patches),and most network administrators keep their installed software up-to-date by monitoring this Web site. When a patch is made available, the network administrator downloads and installs it to the server image and then deploys the updated software to the workstations. For detailed information on this process, see How do I update the software? on page 48.

Finally, should you need to troubleshoot the installed software, try consulting the frequently asked questions in Appendix B. You can also consult the Corel Knowledge Base at www.corel.com/knowledgebase.

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