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Using the ACT Configuration Wizard

Published: August 20, 2010

Updated: August 20, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Vista

The Application Compatibility Toolkit Configuration Wizard (ACT Configuration Wizard) enables you to configure the ACT database, the ACT log file shared folder, and the ACT Log Processing Service account. After you complete the ACT Configuration Wizard, the Application Compatibility Manager appears, giving you the option of configuring the rest of ACT, including joining the ACT Community, sending your ACT usage data to Microsoft, and signing up for automatic ACT product updates.

noteNote
For more information about errors that can occur while you are configuring the ACT database or ACT Log Processing Service, see Troubleshooting ACT Setup.

Using the ACT Configuration Wizard

After you install and start ACT for the first time, the ACT Configuration Wizard appears automatically. In the wizard, you are required to configure your ACT database, your ACT log file shared folder, and your ACT Log Processing Service account. ACT requires this level of configuration to function.

noteNote
If you cancel the configuration process before you reach the final page of the wizard, your settings will be deleted and you will be required to restart when you start ACT again.

To configure your database and log processing settings

  1. On the taskbar, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6, and then click Application Compatibility Manager.

    The Welcome to the ACT Configuration Wizard page appears.

  2. Review the information on the page, and then click Next.

    The Configuration Type Selection page appears.

  3. Click one of the following options:

    • Enterprise configuration: Enables all ACT functionality. You must be an administrator on the local computer to click this option.

    • View and manage reports only: Enables ACT for creating data-collection packages and analyzing your data. You will not have access to the ACT Log Processing Service.

  4. Click Next.

    The Configure Your ACT Database Settings page appears.

  5. Enter your information according to the following:

    • SQL Server: Type the name of the Microsoft® SQL Server® instance that contains your ACT database, select an existing instance from the list, or click Browse to select from a list of available instances on the network.

      ImportantImportant
      After you enter your database server name, you must click Connect. The Configuration Wizard will then attempt to connect to the database server. After a successful connection occurs, the Database field becomes available.

    • Database: Type the name of your ACT database and then click Create to create a new database, or select an existing database from the list.

      ImportantImportant
      To configure the settings, you must have read and write permissions to the database. If you do not have the appropriate permissions, you must contact your SQL Server administrator. Additionally, you must install the ACT client on any computer that will act as an ACT Log Processing Server.

  6. Click Next.

    The Configure Your Log File Location page appears.

    ImportantImportant
    The ACT Log Processing Service share requires your domain computer to have write access. Additionally, the ACT Log Processing Service share is opened to the Everyone group, by default.

  7. Enter your information, according to the following:

    • Path: Click Browse to locate the folder where your log files are to be processed. If this folder does not exist, click Make New Folder to create it in the appropriate location.

    • Share as: The ACT Configuration Wizard automatically fills in this box as you fill in your path location.

  8. Click Next.

    The Configure Your ACT Log Processing Service Account page appears.

    ImportantImportant
    The connection between the Application Compatibility Manager and the SQL Server instance in your organization uses Secure Sockets Layers (SSL). No data is exposed to the public.

  9. Click one of the options according to the following:

    • Local System: Click this option to use your local system account credentials to start the ACT Log Processing Service.

      ImportantImportant
      The ACT Log Processing Service account must be an Administrator account and it must have read and write permissions to the ACT database for the <domain\computername$> account. For more information, see Troubleshooting ACT Setup.

    • User Account: Click this option to use the local computer user to start the ACT Log Processing Service. You must also enter your User Name, Password, and Domain.

      ImportantImportant
      The user account that starts the ACT Log Processing Service must have Log on as a service user rights and be an Administrator account. For more information, see Troubleshooting ACT Setup.

  10. Click Finish.

    The ACT Configuration Wizard finishes and starts the Application Compatibility Manager.

    noteNote
    On the Preferences tab of the Settings dialog box, you can select whether to join the ACT Community, whether to send your ACT usage data to Microsoft, and whether to receive ACT software updates. For more information, see Modifying Your Configuration Settings.

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