Virtual CD in the Network

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Virtual CD can run in a network with all its program functions and controls. One of the advantages of network operation is that you can make a single virtual CD available to any number of users.

Regardless of whether you want to install it in your home network or in a company, there are a few things you need to take into account, and several decisions to be made, before you begin installation. Before you install Virtual CD on your network workstations, think about where you want to install the central configuration files and your virtual CDs. Be sure to choose a machine with sufficient space available for the virtual CDs.



Remember: never install Virtual CD on a server to make it available over the network. If you require an installation with server-specific functions, please ask about our Terminal Server and File Server editions of Virtual CD.



Virtual CD is designed to run on a Windows operating system. If your network runs on a different platform (such as Novell, Linux, etc.), make sure the Windows workstations on which you install Virtual CD can access the folders specified for the program and the virtual CDs.



All directory names must be specified using UNC syntax. If you use the drive letter, the folders will be available on the workstation where these are configured but will probably not be accessible over the network.



Different Windows versions have different techniques for handling root shares, which can lead to considerable problems in the network. If your workstations do not all use the same Windows operating system (e.g., some use Windows XP and some Windows Vista), make sure you do not use root shares; instead, set up a separate folder for the organizational level (\\server\share\folder).



If you want to use Virtual CD in a large network, we highly recommend installing the Virtual CD v10 Network Management Server. This is a supplementary product designed specifically for networks, and enables centralized management of Virtual CD v5 through v10 workstations as well as Virtual CD v6 through v10 FS and TS server editions.