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Web Wiz Forums SQL Server Installation


The following step by step guide describes how to install the SQL Server version of Web Wiz Forums.
  1. Check with your web host that your web space meets the system requirements for running Web Wiz Forums SQL Version
     
  2. Make sure that you have a SQL Server Database (SQL Server 2000 or above) and that you have the required login details to connect to your SQL Server Database.
     
  3. Use a zip utility program to extract the files to your hard drive keeping the original file structure intact.
    Extract files using a zip extraction tool
  4. Using an FTP Program upload the forum directory containing all the files and images onto your web space making sure that the files stay in their original directories.
    Upload the files using FTP
  5. Create a blank database on the SQL Server or use an existing one. If you are using a web host they should supply you with your SQL Sever Database connection details and login information. If you are using your own server use Microsoft SQL Management Studio (pictured below) to create the database on the SQL Server.
    SQL Server Database
  6. The forums database folder located at forum/database needs to have read, write, and modify permissions set on it, so that the installation wizard can write the database settings to the configuration files in this folder. Check with your web host that you have these permissions set, or if running the server yourself have a look at Setting Read, Write, and Modify Permissions.

  7. Type into your web browsers address bar the domain name and folder that you have uploaded the forum to. The Web Wiz Forums installation/upgrade wizard will start automatically in your browser.
    Navigate to the location where you have uploaded Web Wiz Forums
  8. Select the type of installation that you require then click Next.
    Select Installation Type
  9. Select the database type that you are using. If you are using SQL Server 2005 or 2008 select Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008. If you are using SQL Server 2000 then select Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Then click Next.
    Select the type of Database
  10. On the Database Connection Page, enter your information as follows;

    • Server - This will be the name or location of the SQL Server (URI, IP address, or localhost), you may also need to include the instance name (eg. localhost\SQLEXPRESS)
    • Database Name - This is the name of the actual database
    • Database Username - This will be the name of the user account you use to login into the SQL Server database
    • Database Password - This will be the password that you use with the SQL Server Username above

    Once you have filled in the fields, click Test Database Connection.
    Database Connection Details
  11. The Test Database Connection window will open, click Close Window
  12. Test Database Connection
  13. If the connection was not successful go back to stage 10 and complete the connection details again. If the database connection was successful click Next.

  14. The installation will now begin. This may take sometime to complete. Once it has completed you should see a message like the one below, click the Forum Homepage link to view your forum.
    Web Wiz Forums Datbase Install Complete
  15. Now that your forum is uploaded and running see, Logging into the online Admin Control Panel, to find out how to set up forums and administer your Web Wiz Forums installation.
     
  16. If you find that you are getting errors and pages not displaying please see Troubleshooting and Common Errors.
     
  17. To login into the forum the default admin username and password is: -
     
    • Username: Administrator
    • Password: letmein



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