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Solution 35854: Steps to Configure the Texas Instruments Settings.Properties and Deployment.Properties for use with TI-Nspire™ Family Software and TI-SmartView™ CE.
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Last Updated   22-MAR-2017 17:57:56

How do I configure the Texas Instruments Settings.Properties and Deployment.Properties for use with TI-Nspire Family Software and TI-Smartview CE?

Please Note: If you have an existing installation of TI-Nspire Family Software and want to migrate settings from your previous version please visit Knowledgebase Article #35834.

The Settings.Properties file allows for the automated configuration of TI-Nspire Family Software and TI-Smartview CE for easier deployment of the software.

The first step to configure the file is to open the Settings.Properties file in a standard non-formatting text editor such as “Windows® Only: Notepad” or “Mac® Only: TextEdit”.

Please Note: If opened in a word processor such as Microsoft® Word or iWork® Pages® additional formatting will be added that may cause the file to be detected incorrectly by the software.

Configuration changes are different depending on the type of license being used. Listed below are the license type and the configuration options available to that license type.

Universal to all License types:

allow.auto.upgrade
This parameter allows the software to communicate with the website upon launch to verify if there is a newer version available. If there is a new version available it will prompt to the user if they want to upgrade. This parameter must be set to TRUE or FALSE.

database.path
This parameter only applies to the software TI-Nspire Navigator™ Teacher Software and TI-Nspire Navigator Teacher Software for Network Computers. It allows you to change the location the software writes the class and portfolio database. This parameter must be set to a valid path, this path may use environment variables, but will not work with the tilde (~) character.

prefered.hosts
This parameter only applies to the software TI-Nspire Student Software and TI-Nspire CAS Student Software. It allows you to specify a specific IP Address and Port for the Teacher Computer for schools where Multicast is disabled when using TI-Nspire Navigator for Network Computers. This parameter must be set to a semicolon (;) delimited set of <Hostname or IP address>:<port>.

Volume Subscription, Concurrent Subscription, School-Managed and Multi-Activation License Only:

allow.subscription.warning
This parameter if set to [Yes] will warn the user when their license is about to expire. If set to [No] the user will not receive a warning before their license expires.

subscription.warning.days
This parameter allows the user to enter the amount of days the software will wait before displaying that the license is about to expire. The user can enter a date 1-31 days before the license expires. For this parameter to work the parameter "allow.subscription.warning " needs to be set to [YES]. This parameter must be set to a whole value between 1 and 31.

Concurrent License Only:

allow.license.borrow
When set to [Yes] allows a user to go to [Help] [Manage Subscription] [Borrow License] in the TI-Nspire Family software to check out a license to use off network. This takes a network license off network that cannot be used by anyone else until it is returned. When set to [No] this feature is disabled.

max.days.borrow.license
Allows you to set the borrow time in days the user is allowed to borrow a license. This can be set any amount days from 1-365.  In order for this parameter to have an effect "allow.license.borrow" must be set to Yes. This parameter must be set to a whole value between 1 and 365.

Concurrent and School Managed License:

license.server - license.server.2 - license.server.3
These parameters allows you to enter the [Hostname/IP address] of the computer the TI-Admin Software is installed on for license checkout. It is suggested to enter the hostname in license server 1 and the IP address in the field license server 2 in case the hostname cannot be resolved. This parameter must be set to a valid IPv4 IP address or hostname.

Once you have decided what parameters you wish to edit, make your changes in your non formatting text editor and save the file.

Volume License:

For a volume license an additional file named deployment.properties is required to activate the software it has the below parameters:

deploy.log.dir
This parameter allows the software to change the location it creates its deployment log which is a verification log for if the deployment was successful. This parameter must be set to a valid path.

license.number
This parameter allows the user to enter their license number for silent activation. This parameter must be set to a valid 31-Digit license number.

activation.time.limit
This parameter allows the user to enter a delay before attempting activation. The software will pick a time between 0 seconds and the specified time up to 600 seconds. This is useful if deploying to a large amount of users to conserve network bandwidth. This parameter must be set to a whole value between 1 and 600.

Once the above files are configured the files will need to be placed in the same location as the installer when installing the software or in the below location if the software is already installed:

Windows® XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\[name of software]\res
Windows® Vista/7/8:
C:\ProgramData\[name of software]\res
Mac® OS X®:
/Library/Application Support/[name of software]/res

To access the locations listed above please follow the steps below:

Windows® XP: 

1) Press the [Windows key] +[R] to open the run dialog, alternatively you can press [Start] then select [Run].
2) Enter the text below in the run dialog box:

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\

3) After typing the text above click [OK] then navigate to the folder that matches the name of the software you have installed then open the [Res] folder.

Windows® Vista/7/8: 

1) Press the [Windows key] +[R] to open the run dialog, alternatively you can press [Start] then select [Run].
2) Enter the text below in the run dialog box:

%PROGRAMDATA%

3) After typing the text above click [OK] then navigate to the folder that matches the name of the software you have installed then open the [Res] folder.

Mac® OS X®: 

1) Launch [Finder] in the menu bar click [Go] then [Go to Folder] and enter the text below:

/Library/Application Support

2) After typing the text above click [Go] then navigate to the folder that matches the name of the software you have installed then open the [Res] folder.

If you have questions about the information listed above please contact TI-Cares for additional assistance.

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