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Installing Forums

Note: If you are upgrading from an earlier release of Allaire Forums, see Upgrading from an earlier release.

The setup program gives you the option of replacing your existing Allaire Forums databases. You do not need to replace these databases in order to upgrade. If you do choose to replace your databases, all of the information stored in your current databases will be destroyed. We strongly recommend that you DO NOT replace your existing Allaire Forums databases.

Prior to installation

  1. Install Cold Fusion 2.0. If you have not installed Cold Fusion Professional 2.0 or higher, please do so now.
  2. Maker sure you have the domain name or IP address of the web server host where you want to install Forums 2.0.

To install Forums:

  1. Insert the installation CD into your CD-ROM drive.
  2. On Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95, select Run from the Start menu. For Windows NT 3.51, select the File menu and choose Run.
  3. Type d:\setup.exe and press Enter.

Where d: is the drive letter designation for your CD-ROM drive. The setup program will prompt you for information necessary to complete the installation.

Note: By default, the Forums setup program will install both templates and databases into the \cfusion\cfapps\ directory. You can install Forums in a different directory. As a security measure these directories should not be accessible to users other than the Web server itself.

Forums documentation is installed in the /web_server_root/Forums/Docs directory by default. You can install Forums documentation in a different directory if you like. To view the online documentation (if this is not what you are already doing) open the following URL:

http://web_server_root/Forums/Docs/index.htm

Where web_server_root is your web server's document root directory.

 

Starting Forums the first time

To enter the conference open the following URL in your browser:

http://your_server_name/Forums/Index.cfm?cfapp=1

Where your_server_name is the name of the server hosting Forums.

If you get the message: Execution Denied, you need to enable execution in your web server root directory. For Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS), you set this option in the Service Properties for the WWW server:

  1. Open the Internet Service Manager.
  2. Select the WWW service and select Service Properties from the Service menu.
  3. Click the Directories tab in the WWW Service Properties dialog.
  4. Select the web server root directory (i.e., c:\inetput\wwwroot) and then click the Edit Properties button.
  5. Near the bottom of the Directory Properties dialog, click to enable the Execute checkbox.
  6. Reload the web page in your web browser.

Change the Administrator username and password

Once you've entered the conference, you should change the administrator's username and/or password.

To become an administrator:

  1. Click the Login/out button.
  2. When the login page appears, enter Administrator as username and Password as password. If the login page reappears, reenter the administrator login and password. The ‘A*’ (administrator) button in the main toolbar should appear.
  3. Click the ‘A*’ button to enter the Conference Administrator.
  4. Click the User Manager button. When the User Manager opens, select ‘A’ from the User’s Initial scroll box.
  5. Click Next.
  6. On the Users page, select the Administrator user name and click the Basic Info button.
  7. Change the administrators's username and/or password.

You can also enter the administrator by loading the administrator URL:

http://web_server_root/Forums/Admin/Index.cfm?cfapp=1

Where web_server_root is your web server's document root directory. Click the Go To button in the Conference Administrator to return to the conference.

Accessing the Forums administrator

Once you’ve successfully installed Forums, you’re ready to access the Forums Administrator. You can access the Forums administrator by opening the following URL:

http://web_server_root/Forums/Admin/Index.cfm?cfapp=1

Where web_server_root is your web server's document root directory. You can also access the administrator by logging in to Forums using the Administrator login.

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