McIDAS User's Guide
Version 2016.2

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Preparing the mcidas Account on Windows 7

Complete the instructions below to prepare the mcidas account on Windows 7 workstations.

1. Log on to the workstation as Administrator. (Note that you cannot complete the instructions below as another user with escalated privileges; you must be logged on as Administrator.)

2. If the workstation does not have a mcidas account, make one.

3. Set the Local Path for the mcidas account to C:\Users\mcidas. To do so, right-click on My Computer then click Manage to bring up the Computer Management window. Then browse to the mcidas user by expanding Local Users and Groups > Users > mcidas to bring up the mcidas Properties window. Click its Profile tab, select the radio button next to Local path and enter C:\Users\mcidas in its text field and click OK.

If this workstation is a member of a domain controlled by an Active Directory server, the network administrator will need to configure the home directory for the mcidas account on the server to match the one used here.

4. Create two links to /dev/fs/C/Users, set ownership of the mcidas user's home directory and give everyone Read access. To do so, start an SUA Korn Shell and run the five commands below in order.

Type: ln  -s  /dev/fs/C/Users  /home

Type: ln  -s  /dev/fs/C/Users  /dev/fs/C/home

Type: cd  /home

Type: chown  mcidas  mcidas

Type: chmod  755  mcidas

5. Verify that the tilde character (~) is being resolved correctly when used with user mcidas by running the command below in the SUA Korn Shell.

Type: echo  ~mcidas

If /home/mcidas is returned then ~mcidas is being resolved correctly and you can complete all subsequent instructions in this installation section as they appear.  If an error, empty string,  or ~mcidas is returned then the tilde character is not being resolved correctly so you will need to specify the full pathname in its place (e.g., /home/mcidas in place of ~mcidas) in the subsequent commands and examples in this installation section.

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