The DATASTAR software is designed to be installed on a shared network drive. It uses "ClickOnce" which is a Microsoft technology that enables the user to install and run a the application by clicking a link on a shared drive. The core principle of ClickOnce is to ease the deployment of Windows applications. In addition, ClickOnce aims to solve three other problems with conventional deployment models: the difficulty in updating a deployed application, the impact of an application on the user's computer, and the need for administrator permissions to install applications.

Software Deployment

ClickOnce-deployed applications are considered "low impact", in that they are installed per user, not per machine. No administrator privileges are required to install one of these applications. Each ClickOnce application is isolated from the others. This means one ClickOnce application is not able to "break" another.

Once a location for the software has been decided, create a "DATASTAR" folder and unzip the supplied software into the folder. If you have been given an enterprise licence key it can be installed in the DATASTAR folder. The file has a ".license" extension for example "DATASTAR.license". This allows you to upgrade license keys without having to update each client.

The application is installed locally by running the "DATASTAR.application" file from the shared network drive.

Software Updates

The application is self-updating from the network share; and will check for newer versions as they become available and automatically replace any updated files. The process for updating is the same as for the installation and just requires the latest release to be unzipped into the network share folder location.