+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 8 of 8
MIS Systems Thread, Setup disks for DOS modules / Launcher, anyone? in Technical; Hi, Does anyone have any setup disks for Launcher or for any of the old DOS SIMS modules? If so, ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    South West
    Posts
    24
    Thank Post
    13
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Rep Power
    11

    Unhappy Setup disks for DOS modules / Launcher, anyone?

    Hi,

    Does anyone have any setup disks for Launcher or for any of the old DOS SIMS modules? If so, I'd be eternally grateful for a copy of them. I used to use Timetable Construct (TTCONSTR.EXE) to do the timetables, and although I'm fully conversant with Nova and aware that TTCONSTR cannot be used to create a timetable recognised by SQL, I'd still like to have the use of it back for nostalgia purposes. Similar scenario with Launcher; we still have Launcher on our SIMS server but our support team have locked us out of it (I'm sure some of you will appreciate why I object to this!)

    BTW: I'm ICT/SIMS manager in our school - I have no intention of reinstalling Launcher to gain access to it but I would like to set up a new instance of it on a standalone machine.

    Please get in touch if you can help!!

    Harry
    Last edited by harryeds; 20th September 2009 at 09:50 PM.

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Barnet
    Posts
    87
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 14 Times in 12 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    we still have Launcher on our SIMS server but our support team have locked us out of it
    I'm surprised you put up with this. Why should support determine which bits of the database you can get at?
    Although I no longer have any disks(sorry) we keep Launcher going because occasionally we need to see information in the archive which is not available in Sims.net. Sounds as if support are doing this to suit themselves and having one station that can access Launcher would be prudent

  3. #3

    matt40k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Ipswich
    Posts
    4,450
    Thank Post
    369
    Thanked 650 Times in 531 Posts
    Rep Power
    160
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy69 View Post
    I'm surprised you put up with this. Why should support determine which bits of the database you can get at?
    Although I no longer have any disks(sorry) we keep Launcher going because occasionally we need to see information in the archive which is not available in Sims.net. Sounds as if support are doing this to suit themselves and having one station that can access Launcher would be prudent
    Eh? If you still need it, why wasn't it imported\upgraded?

  4. #4
    Mcshammer_dj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Portsmouth
    Posts
    968
    Thank Post
    38
    Thanked 173 Times in 138 Posts
    Rep Power
    96
    We have schools with Launcher for some of the historical data that was not converted to SQL.

    All our site still have the wssetup folder in the SIMS share. This has all the files to allow Launcher to be configured

  5. #5
    nicholab's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Birmingham
    Posts
    1,527
    Thank Post
    4
    Thanked 100 Times in 96 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    53
    free dos?

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    South West
    Posts
    24
    Thank Post
    13
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Rep Power
    11
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy69 View Post
    I'm surprised you put up with this. Why should support determine which bits of the database you can get at?
    Although I no longer have any disks(sorry) we keep Launcher going because occasionally we need to see information in the archive which is not available in Sims.net. Sounds as if support are doing this to suit themselves and having one station that can access Launcher would be prudent
    I phoned up our SIMS support team today and requested Launcher access. I was put through to the manager of the SIMS team, who demanded to know WHY I wanted access to it and said that no schools in Bristol had access to Launcher and that if he enabled us to get into it we could "damage" existing data. How could accessing pre-SQL data possibly damage data held within the SIMS .net database?

    Anyway, I told him I thought he had no right to lock us out of our own software and he said he would need a disclaimer from the head saying that we would pay for any damage to the data ourselves - he then phoned our very busy but very obliging headteacher and told her the same thing, and of course she believed him. I now have to convince her that what he says isn't the case - which I presume I'm correct in thinking?...

  7. #7
    p858snake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Queensland
    Posts
    1,490
    Thank Post
    37
    Thanked 175 Times in 151 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    51
    Quote Originally Posted by harryeds View Post
    I phoned up our SIMS support team today and requested Launcher access. I was put through to the manager of the SIMS team, who demanded to know WHY I wanted access to it and said that no schools in Bristol had access to Launcher and that if he enabled us to get into it we could "damage" existing data. How could accessing pre-SQL data possibly damage data held within the SIMS .net database?

    Anyway, I told him I thought he had no right to lock us out of our own software and he said he would need a disclaimer from the head saying that we would pay for any damage to the data ourselves - he then phoned our very busy but very obliging headteacher and told her the same thing, and of course she believed him. I now have to convince her that what he says isn't the case - which I presume I'm correct in thinking?...
    So why are all the schools data stored in one database? surely if its all in seperate databases it be harder/almost in possible to damage other schools data.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Barnet
    Posts
    87
    Thank Post
    12
    Thanked 14 Times in 12 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Damaging data

    I've never heard so much rubbish! When sims.net was created it took data from the old dbf database and put it into an SQL database. The old launcher programs still use the dbf database. I can think of dangers such as people having access and thinking that the data is up to date or can be edited and used but I don't believe there are any technical dangers and moreover it is needed if you want to get to exam results or address data from anyone who was archived in the old DBF version of STAR.

    If this man is ringing your head to try and put the frightners on then he doesn't know his job. I can quite understand that it would not be supported but not that you could not access your own data!

  9. Thanks to Jeremy69 from:

    harryeds (25th September 2009)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Old SIMS Launcher Personnel Exe
    By moggy in forum MIS Systems
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 3rd October 2008, 12:43 PM
  2. Zenworks Application Launcher Alternative
    By mmoseley in forum Windows
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 25th August 2008, 07:38 PM
  3. SIMS Launcher Module NO ID
    By ndavies in forum MIS Systems
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 29th February 2008, 12:54 PM
  4. Quick Launcher
    By mattx in forum Scripts
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 13th May 2007, 04:17 PM
  5. SIMS Archive - Launcher died
    By Joedetic in forum MIS Systems
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26th January 2006, 09:08 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •