Requirements and initial installations
In order to run MedCalc in a network environment, you need a MedCalc multi-user network license and product key. See order information for details.
First use medcalcsetup[32/64].msi to install MedCalc in a shared folder on the network server.
- To setup MedCalc you must be logged on to your computer with administrator privileges.
- The network server can be a Windows, UNIX or Linux server (for UNIX and Linux: install from a Windows network client).
Run the MedCalc installer medcalcsetup[32/64].msi and install the software on a network share that is accessible from the clients. If you have installed it in the program files folder, you can move the MedCalc program folder to the network share.
Network clients must be PC's with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10.
In the MedCalc program folder, you find 2 utilities, mcservsu.exe and mcnetsu.exe that you can use on the clients to configure MedCalc in a network.
From the clients, locate mcservsu.exe and mcnetsu.exe in the folder in which MedCalc is installed on the server.
- mcservsu.exe can optionally be used to place the license on the server (see Method 1 below)
- mcnetsu.exe can be used to configure MedCalc on the clients (see Method 2 below) by registering medcalc.exe and the MedCalc file extension .mc1 in the Windows registry.
The MedCalc software is not installed on the clients itself, but it is run on the clients directly from the file server.
Method 1: place license on server
Use mcservsu.exe to enter the product key and distribute the license from the server.
From the network server, or a client computer, double-click mcservsu.exe in the MedCalc folder on the server, and follow the instructions on the screen.
Advantages of method 1:
- You only have to enter the MedCalc product key once.
- MedCalc can be run from any client connected to the server.
Disadvantages of method 1:
- You do not (directly) control on which clients MedCalc can be run.
This method is preferred in a small organization or in a controlled setting such as a computer class room.
After having placed the license on the server, you may still want to run mcnetsu.exe in order to configure medcalc.exe and the MedCalc file extension .mc1 in the registry of the clients. mcnetsu.exe accepts different command line parameters so some of the configuration process can be automated.
Method 2: place license on clients
Use mcnetsu.exe to enter the product key on each individual client.
From the different client computers, run mcnetsu.exe from the MedCalc folder on the server, and follow the instructions on the screen.
Advantages of method 2:
- You control on which clients MedCalc can run.
Disadvantages of method 2:
- You must enter the product key on each individual client.
mcnetsu.exe accepts different command line parameters so some of the configuration process can be automated.
On some clients (pre Windows 10), the following additional installations can be required for handling xlsx and docx files:
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
- Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017. Download from https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/ (bottom of page);
or from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads.