During the recent Fiatech Members conference I was surprised at how many people had tried and failed to setup and configure the iRing Tools Server.
While the latest version is 2.04 and the installation guide is still 2.03, there is still sufficient guidance to ensure a smooth installation.
Or so I thought …. Having recently set up a 2.04 server on a clean Windows 2008 Server and connected this to an eB instance for some testing, this went smoothly and I basically followed the installation guide, but did need to do some minor changes to the eB Datalayer to connect this to the latest version of eB.
However, I then needed to upgrade the Bentley iringtest.bentley.com only to find that while the majority of the functionality was working certain parts were not.
This seemed to be related to the server and the configuration of IIS 7.0
With the assistance of the iRing Tools Community we established what it was not, but we had to try a lot of “solutions” via google, before finally we determined that SP2 and security were the main cause of the issue.
Now having stood up the iRing Tools Server quite a few times, and used them on a few different projects, it was frustrating that one server installed and was up and running by simply following the installation procedure and yet the server that had been up and running could not be upgraded.
However, it was only that a minor frustration, within 24 hours the community had delivered enough to ensure we were up and running. The server is not a simple application where you can click install and let it run. This is a server which will be servicing a projects or enterprises needs and as such there should be an expectation that this will need configuration to suit a user’s server environment.
There are still some missing items, the Reference Data Editor which was great to walk new users through the Reference Data Library, is missing and I suppose I should plug in the dot15926 Editor to see if this has the same functionality.
For now, the thought of a new user adding items to their RDL and adding classifications, using the spreadsheet, will not work, and I cannot introduce new users to the RDL using that technique.
I ask the question of the iRing community … what are you using to view and browse your RDL today?
I will be following this blog up with how I managed to edit the RDL, but for now, try the install on a clean Windows 2008 R2 server, and you should have no issues. If you do, then ensure they are logged so we can all learn and move forward with our iRing projects.