Installation Instructions

Follow these steps to complete the installation of the Virtual Environment software:

  1. Download & Install the VE software.
  2. Click on "Software Installation". You will be taken to IES Virtual Environment Set up Wizard screen. Click next and the End-User Licence agreement will be displayed.
  3. After accepting the terms and conditions, specify the location on your machine where you wish the VE to be installed.
  4. Choose the set up type that best suits your needs and click Next.
  5. Click Install to begin the VE installation. The set up wizard will now install the VE. This may take a few minutes.
  6. Click the "finish" button to complete the installation.
  7. Once installed, click on "Request licence keys" where an email request is generated. IES will issue software keys and information on how to activate the VE software.

System Requirements

Like many computer programs, IES-VE requires certain hardware and software specifications in order to install and run. These are basic requirements, though you may want to use our recommended suggestions to improve performance.

The following list of requirements and recommendations apply to the current version:

Supported Environments:
•         Windows 7
•         Windows 8
•         Windows 10
•         Windows installations on Mac OS X via:
•   VMware Fusion
•   Parallels Desktop
•   Boot Camp
Note: IES-VE will run on 64bit versions of Windows, but it will run as a 32bit application

Software Required:
•         Microsoft® Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher
•         .NET Framework 4.5.1 from Microsoft
•         MS-MPI v5 from Microsoft
•         Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2013
•         Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2010

Minimum Hardware:
•         1152 x 864 screen resolution
•         OpenGL-compliant graphics card
•         2Ghz+ Intel Pentium / AMD Athlon CPU
•         2Gb RAM

Recommended Hardware: (for large projects)
•         1280 x 960 screen resolution
•         256Mb OpenGL v2.1 compliant graphics card (2.0)
•         Dual core CPU (Intel Core 2, or AMD x2 series)
•         4Gb RAM

System Administrator

Software Licence (Keys) directory:
During the installation, a directory by the name of “keys” is created in the common application data area (C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\IES\Apps\ on Windows XP or C:\ProgramData\ies\apps\ on Windows Vista), which is used to store the licences issued to you by Integrated Environmental Solutions.

Please note that after licences have been issued this directory should not be moved to an alternative location as this would invalidate the software licences.

Relocating the licences on a network, before obtaining software keys:
If you have purchased a LAN or WAN license you will probably want to have the licence directory somewhere other than the default location. If that is the case, then the following procedure should be followed:

1. Create a new location on your network, with at least 3 directory levels, e.g.: \\server\share\IES\apps\keys
2. Run the <Virtual Environment>, cancelling any prompts to register software. Go to the menu item ‘Tools’ > ‘Troubleshooting’ > ‘Set License Folder’. Browse and select the new keys location (e.g.: \\server\share\IES\apps\keys). This will create a “keyspath.txt” file in the common application data area. Close all dialogs & return to the main Virtual Environment window.
3. Go to the menu item ‘IES Online’ > ‘Request License Keys’ and follow the instructions to register the software and obtain a licence.
4. When your license has been set up, go item ‘IES Online’ > ‘Activate Software’. This will save your license to the new keys path e.g.: \\server\share\IES\apps\keys.

Permissions: Keys directory
Users should be able to read, write, modify and delete to the files in the directory and any sub-directories (Full Control). Without this level of access users may be unable to acquire and/or relinquish licenses.
However we recommend limiting the following files to read-only access: ies.dat and keys.txt.

Additional Information: Virtual Environment on a network server
The software can be installed on client machines only, to reduce server load. However if you wish to install it on a central server you must follow the instructions to change the location of the licence directory as above then run and register the software once it has been installed on the server machine. If you do not follow this procedure it is highly likely the users will be unable to access the license in the default location.

When running the software from machines other than the server the Virtual Environment is installed on, you will have to follow the instructions to change the location of the license directory as above the first time it is run by any user on that machine.