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Kartris setup (own computer - Windows XP/Windows 2003)

[#1] Last update 31 May 2012

Unless you have a good reason for not doing so, we'd advise Installing Kartris using the Web Platform Installer. It is by far the easiest way to install Kartris.

If you do have a good reason for not using the Web Platform Installer, read on.

This article covers the basic process of manually setting up Kartris on your own computer if it is running Windows XP Professional or Windows 2003 Server. If you are setting Kartris up on a web server, or Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8, please see the appropriate article (related links at foot of this article).


Before installing Kartris you must ensure you have the required Microsoft software in place to run it.

Step 1

Download the Kartris zip file from our web site and unzip it to a folder on your web server root folder. Since we now package Kartris for installation using the Web Platform Installer, you'll need to unzip the file and copy just the folder named "Kartris" to your webserver. This is typically found at C:\inetpub\wwwroot\ but might vary depending on your system setup. We will assume your new folder is called 'kartris' in the next steps, but you can give it another name if you wish.

Step 2

Open up the Internet Information Services (IIS) control panel and expand the default web site tree. Right click the Kartris folder and select 'properties'. Hit the 'create application' button to turn the Kartris folder into an application.

Step 3

Still in the properties dialog, in IIS6 (Windows 2003 and XP) find the custom errors tab, locate the 404 error and set it to be a URL with value '/404.aspx'.

Step 4

Check the ASP.net tab and ensure this web is set to use ASP.net 2.xxx (which handles ASP.net 2.0 and above, including 3.5).

Step 5

Back in Windows Explorer, right click the Kartris folder, select "properties" and click the security tab. Then add the 'ASP.net Machine Account' and ensure it has full control. If this account is not present, add the NETWORK SERVICE account.

Step 6

Go to your site by pointing your browser to http://localhost/kartris/

Step 7

The setup routine should now open up an walk you through the rest of the installation process.

Step 8

When asked for the license number, enter a value you were given when you purchased a license. If you don't have this (because you're using a free or trial license), then check the license.config file in the root of the web. This contains your license number.

Step 9

At the database setup page input details of your database.

If you are using SQL Express you have the option to run from a database file within the Kartris web (making setup much quicker). Select 'Windows Authentication', click to use the 'local instance'. This will use the .mdf file in the App_Data folder of your site for the database storage.

Step 10

Kartris will create a random admin password for you, and display this on screen. It is vital you keep a copy of this - it is best to copy and paste to a text file, as it is easy to make an error if you write it down. You can change this later.

Step 11

Once setup and logged in to the back end, you can switch between the front and back end of Kartris by clicking the Kartris icon link in the top left of the page.

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