How to use the ALM client and the Business View Excel add-in in a shared folder installation

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  • 05-Nov-2014
  • 07-Sep-2016


How to use the ALM client and the Business View Excel add-in in a shared folder installation


 Article introduces how to configure your environment to run the ALM client and the Business View Excel add-in with a remote shared folder.


Step 1: Install the ALM client on one machine (Machine A)
Install the ALM client using the MSI installer or download the ALM client from the ALM server.  When you download ALM, the folder location is as follows:
·         Windows Vista or Later: C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\HP\ALM-Client\[Server]
·         Windows XP/2000: C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\HP\ALM-Client\[Server]
Step 2: Add the loadFromRemoteSources element in ALM-Client.exe.config
Open the ALM-Client.exe.config file in your ALM-Client folder, and add loadFromRemoteSources in the runtime element, as shown below:
    <assemblyBinding xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1">
      <probing privatePath="3rdParty"/>
    <loadFromRemoteSources enabled="true"/>
Step 3: Share the ALM-Client folder
Right click the ALM-Client folder, select the Sharing tab, click Share…, select Everyone from the dropdown list, click Add, and click Share.
NOTE: To use the Business View Excel add-in, you must provide Read/Write permission to others. The Business View Excel add-in writes some properties to assemblies, so Read/Write permission is required to the remote shared folder.
Now, you can access ALM-Client binaries via a network path, such as \\MachineA\...\ALM-Client\[Server]
Step 4: Map ALM-Client shared folder in any other client machine (MachineB)
Map a network drive to the shared folder:                                                                                                                          
Step 5: Create or update the entry in Deployments.ini
Please make sure RunFromSharedFolder exists in the section.
After these steps, you can use the ALM client on MachineB. To use the Business View Excel add-in this way, continue with the instructions.
Note: The Everyone account must have Read/Write permission to the shared folder. If you did not assign write permission in Step 3, go back to MachineA and add write permission for the shared folder.
Step 6: Add the loadFromRemoteSources element to machine.config
Find your machine.config from C:\windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Config in MachineB, and add loadFromRemoteSources as in step 2.
Step 7: Install the Business View Excel add-in from the ALM client
Open your ALM client using Internet Explorer, navigate to the Dashboard>Analysis View module, and add a New Business View Excel Report. Click the Configuration tab, and click Install Addin.
Now, you can use the Business View Excel add-in.