When OfficeStatus Client is installed and starts up for the first time, the user is asked to authenticate by providing a username, password, and OfficeStatus service address.
The OfficeStatus service address is the URL of your organization's OfficeStatus Server installation (the one you chose during the server installation process). It generally takes the form of http://www.yourdomain.com/officestatus/ (or similar).
Once an OfficeStatus user enters the web service address into the appropriate field during authentication, OfficeStatus Client will remember the setting and it won't have to be entered again. It would be useful, however, if end users never had to know (or enter) the OfficeStatus service address at all, and that's where the ClientInstall.ini file comes in. During the installation process, OfficeStatus Client will check the installation source folder for the presence of a ClientInstall.ini file. If it finds one, it uses the contents of this file to establish a default OfficeStatus web service address location.
The format of the ClientInstall.ini file is simple. Here's an example:
In addition to the "WebServiceAddress" field, the purpose of which is described above, available fields include:
•AutoLogin - Sets the "sign me in automatically" checkbox on the OfficeStatus Windows Client login screen on or off.
•RememberPassword - Sets the "remember my password" checkbox on the OfficeStatus Windows Client login screen on or off.
•DefaultUserName - Can be used to set a default login username. For example, setting this to %USERNAME% will cause the OfficeStatus Windows Client to use the contents of the %USERNAME% environmental variable to populate the username login field to match the current Windows login.
All of the above fields are optional. If they are not present, text fields such as "WebServiceAddress" and "DefaultUserName" will default to a blank value. All other switches will default to false.
Save the ClientInstall.ini file into the folder that contains the OfficeStatus Windows Client installer executable on your network. Then be sure to run OfficeStatus client installations from this location, and the ClientInstall.ini file settings will be honored.
For step-by-step instructions on using this technique, please see the OfficeStatus Quick Start Guide.
Note that the use of ClientInstall.ini is optional - if it is present, it is used. Otherwise it isn't.
This deployment technique helps to reduce the amount of information an OfficeStatus user needs to get up and running with OfficeStatus Client.
Important: The OfficeStatus Server installation process automatically generates a ClientInstall.ini file in the same folder from which it was installed.