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Quick Start Guide

A quick start wizard will be launched on first use to allow users to get ActivMan up-and-running quickly. It contains step-by-step procedures for completing the quick start wizard and for performing the most common tasks when first starting out using the application.

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Launching ActivMan (main application)

On launching ActivMan for the first time you will be presented with the welcome wizard which will guide you through configuring the application for the first time.

Click 'Next' to start the wizard or click 'Cancel' to close it. Closing the wizard will load the main application without configuring it.

If you do cancel the welcome wizard and need to get back in to it again then you must launch the application with "/showwelcomewizard" as an argument:

ActivMan.exe /showwelcomewizard

On the Active Directory server page of the wizard you must enter the connection details to access your Active Directory network. This can be any domain controller that matches the domain you are trying to connect to.

The 'Server' can be either an IP address or server name.

The 'AD Root' MUST be entered in the format of "dc=mydomain,dc=local", if your name is "mydomain.local".

Next you MUST enter a username and password to access the AD network. It is advisable to use a domain administrator and to enter the username in the format of "administrator@mydomain.local".

If your AD network utilises a special connection type then select the appropriate type from the 'Type' options.

You can choose whether to automatically connect to this AD server when ActivMan starts by selecting 'Yes' for 'Connect on startup'.

If this domain is split over multiple sites where user accounts are stored in different OU's and user's home directories are stored on different servers, i.e. servers located at each site, then select 'Single domain across multiple sites' from the 'Installation Type' options. On the next page of the wizard you will be able to specify the OU's and home directory locations for each site.

On clicking 'Next' the wizard will attempt to connect to the specified AD domain controller. If it fails then you will be directed back to this page of the wizard to verify and correct the connection details.

On the Complete page of the wizard simply click 'Finish' to save all of your change, close the wizard, and launch the main application.

Creating a template

To ease the administration of different types of user, i.e. Year 7 students, office staff, teacher, etc, you ideally need to create a template for each different type of people. These templates will be used to import users from your MIS or create new users manually.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you are connected to a server.
  2. Either:
    1. Select 'Templates' from the list on the left and right click in the Templates list, and click 'New Template'.
    2. Right click 'Templates' from the list on the left and select 'New Template'.
    3. Select 'Template' from the 'New' menu in the 'File' menu.
    4. Click 'New Template' from the toolbar.
  3. On the 'General' tab, Enter a name and description to indicate to you who this template is for.
  4. Select the 'User Details' tab.
  5. Select a display name format from the drop down list or enter a custom format.
  6. Select a username format from the drop down list. If a format does not match your requirements then you select 'Custom' to specify a custom format.
  7. If you have select 'Custom' for username format, enter a prefix and suffix, and select a format. You can select 'Custom' again where you will have to complete the 'Further Customisation' section.
  8. Select a conflict resolution if the username already exists. NOTE: If you are using this template for auto importing then it is highly advisable to select 'Ignore', as duplicate user accounts will be created for people who have not been created by this application previously.
  9. Complete all other desired fields of the 'User Details' tab.
  10. Select the 'Member Of' tab and add any desired groups for this type of user.
  11. Select the 'Password' tab.
  12. Specify what the new users' password is going to be. 'Date of Birth' is used when importing users and creating manually. The last option allows you to enter a predefined password that will be common with all users who are created from this template.
  13. Select any desired password options.
  14. Select 'Home Directory' tab.
  15. If you would like a home directory creating for the user then select 'Create Home Directory'.
  16. If selected, enter the server and the root path for the home directory. NOTE: the root path MUST be how the server sees it, i.e. "C:\Users" and not "\\server\users" or "C$\Users".
  17. You can specify whether to add the created user to the permissions of the created home directory. Any inheritable permissions will be propagated.
  18. You can also specify any additional permissions by clicking 'Permissions'.
  19. If you would like a share creating for the created home directory for the user then select 'Create Share from Home Directory'.
  20. If selected, select the format of the share.
  21. Enter a share description.
  22. Select how many users can access the share for 'Max Users'.
  23. You can specify whether to add the created user to the permissions of the created share.
  24. You can also specify any additional permissions by clicking 'Permissions'.
  25. If you would like the created home directory to be added to the user account then select 'Add directory to user account' and select and specify a drive letter (optional).
  26. Click 'OK' and enter a filename for this template.