Welcome to ProVide Installation Tutorial!
This is a basic tutorial for setting up ProVide.
- 1 Executing the setup package
- 2 Running the administration site
- 3 Configuring services
- 4 Setting up your first account
- 5 Connecting to your server with an FTP client
Executing the setup package
Run the downloaded ProVide_Setup.exe file. If you haven’t downloaded ProVide you can do that from here.
The first thing you are faced with is the (rather short) license agreement which must be accepted by clicking the checkbox before you can proceed.
Click the checkbox and then Next.
Components & Password
Here you select where you want to install ProVide on this computer and if you want to run it as system service or if you want to start it manually. You will also need to set a password because ProVide requires a password for accessing the administration interface. Remember this as you will need it to configure the server. You Dont need to set password if you are updating so uncheck the checkbox above Administrator info.
Enter your password.
Here you select which method you want to create a certificate for ProVide with. You have two options "Automatically" or Manually. If you choose automatically it creates it for you and if you create it manually you will need to fill in some info.
Choose an option and click "Next".
Finishing the installation
Once installation has completed you are faced with the option to simply press ”Finish” and all installed applications will automatically start.
Running the administration site
Connecting to a server
When the administration site starts you are faced with a ”log in”-dialog in which you need to write the administration username and password you entered earlier.
Enter your username and password then click OK.
Activating a fully functional Enterprise license trial
Once logged on to ProVide you will be faced with a window informing you that you need a license to use ProVide. If you do not yet have a license you may simply click on the button ”Activate trial…” to open up the trial registration form.
Filling out the trial registration form
The trial registration requires very little information and is easily filled.
Activating a ProVide license
Once logged on to ProVide you will be faced with a window informing you that you need a license to use ProVide. If you have already purchased a license then you activate it by clicking the Activate license button.
Select a valid license file
Browse to your license file and mark it, then click Open.
When you add a license extension, one year will be added to the date when your current license expires. Licenses activates in the same order they were purchased, base license and then extensions. However expired extensions do not need to be activated, only the base license and the current active extension.
If no services has yet been configured the ”Server Configuration”-dialog will automatically pop up once connection to the server has been established. Here you may choose to activate FTP and/or SFTP and/or TFTP and/or HTTPS. Please take a moment to click through the various configuration options to get a feeling of what you can do with ProVide.
Once you press ”Ok” the configuration screen will disappear and you will be brought back to the main administration window from where you have an overview of current server activity.
Setting up your first account
The main menu option ”Setup” has the sub option ”Setup Accounts”. Here you may create groups and user accounts in your ProVide installation. The default ”Admin”-account is the account that is used for configuring and managing the server through the administration interface and should not be used as a ”regular” account. To create a user simply press the ”Add New User”-button.
Enter a username, a password, and a root folder for this account to use.
Once you click ”Ok” the accounts are saved to the server and you are ready to roll.
Connecting to your server with an FTP client
Simply provide your server IP along with the username and password you created just recently.
Sample screen of a successful login after a basic setup.