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HOW TO: Access the Software Repository from Windows Vista
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What is the Software Repository The software repository is the drive where all of the software that Clemson has available is stored. Check here for a full list of available software. Though some software can be downloaded by any Clemson user, many software packages are designated for specific college or group use. How to Access the Repository The repository can be reached in a number of different ways depending on your location and circumstances. These instructions are for Windowsbased computers. Accessing the software repository while off campus requires that you have a VPN client installed and configured. If you do not have this installed follow one of the solution guides for either XP, or Vista. If you are off campus connect to the Clemson VPN server now. Accessing the Repository with Novell If you do not have Novell installed skip down to the section andldquoAccessing the Repository without Novellandrdquo. If your computer has the Novell network client installed already, log in now. You can do this by right clicking the Novell icon in your system tray and selecting andldquoNovell Loginandrdquo. Enter your username and password and press OK. Double click andldquoMy Computerandrdquo on the desktop or select andldquoComputerandrdquo from the start menu. In andldquoMy Computerandrdquo find the drive entitled andldquoSoftwareandrdquo or andldquoR:andrdquo and double click on the drive. If you have a window that looks like the one below you are in the repository and can skip down to the section entitled andldquoOnce in the Repositoryandrdquo. Accessing the Software Repository without Novell To access the software repository, double click andldquoMy Computerandrdquo on the desktop or select andldquoComputerandrdquo from the start menu. Click the address bar and enter in andldquosoftware.clemson.eduandrdquo. You will now get a window that looks like the image below. Double click on the folder entitled andldquoGS05andrdquo. A dialogue box should pop up asking for your User name and Password. Enter your Clemson user name and password. Now you should see a folder called andldquoSoftwareandrdquo. Double click the folder to enter the repository. You are now in the repository and should see a window similar to the one below. Once in the Repository Scroll down until you find the software that you would like to install. Most applications that you will install will be divided into subfolders sorted by operating systems. For instance, scroll down until you see the Microsoft office folder. Doubleclick the folder and you will see a subfolder for each operating system. Notice the folder entitled andldquoDocumentationandrdquo. Certain programs will have important installation keys and notes in this folder, thus it is good practice to read the files in this folder before starting an installation. Double click on the andldquoWinandrdquo folder and then the andldquoOffice 2007 Enterprise SP2andrdquo. Once in that folder scroll down until you see a file called andldquoREADME FIRST.txtandrdquo. In addition to the notes contained in the andldquoDocumentationandrdquo folder, many software packages will have some type of text file like this to tell you installation instructions specific to the software. Lastly, to install a piece of software look for one of the files named andldquoCUMETHOD.vbsandrdquo, where METHOD is replaced by the software name or type of install. Many software packages will have more than one of these files. To find the one you want, simply read the name of the file. For instance, in the Office 2007 folder you will see a package for the full install CUFullInstall.vbs, one for just Outlook CUOutlookOnly.vbs, and one for just the part of the office package that Clemson recommends CURecommendedInstaller.vbs. To install the software double click the andldquoCUMETHOD.vbsandrdquo file that you want to install and follow the on screen instructions. If you do not see a andldquoCUandrdquo file then you may need to refer back to the andldquoDocumentationandrdquo folder or one of the text files mentioned earlier. If you have further questions or need assistance please contact the help desk via ITHELPclemson.edu or 8646563494.