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Windows Installation

Live Forms provides a bundle that includes Tomcat version and has the Live Forms web application, pre-deployed and pre-configured. The bundle works on Windows, Linux and Mac systems without any further configuration. If you are evaluating Live Forms, we strongly recommend the bundle.

  1. Follow the Windows installation instructions in the Quick Start Installation Guide: Live Forms™ in-house.
  2. You may configure Live Forms as a Windows Service. Follow the instructions below for the configuration details
  3. Continue to Database Setup for more configuration information.

Next Steps

Your Live Forms server installation is complete. You are now ready to create your first tenant, users, forms and workflows. See the documentation for creating a tenant and users.

Setup for Forms and Workflows

  1. Login to Live Forms as the tenant admin.
  2. On the page that is displayed, click the "Manage Roles" link.
  3. There are four default roles listed, frevvo.Designer, frevvo.Editor, frevvo.Publisher and frevvo.ReadOnly.
  4. Click the  icon, fill in the form and submit it to create new roles. Minimally create Employee, Manager and HR roles, if you are planning on trying some of the Live Forms Tutorials.
  5. Click the 'Back to Manage Tenant" link.
  6. On the page that is displayed, click the "Manage Users" link.
  7. There is a single user (the administrative user you defined when you created the tenant). By default, only users beginning with the letter A are displayed. Note that you will have to click the link to display All users.
  8. To add more users, click the  icon, fill in the form and submit it. Assign roles to the user as desired. Note that you must assign the frevvo.Designer role to any users who wish to design forms.
  9. Create as many users and assign them roles as needed. If you want to try the Employee On Boarding Tutorial, you will need a designer user who can create forms/flows, a user that does not have an assigned role, a user with the Manager Role and a user with the role of HR.
  10. Logout of the tenant admin account.
  11. Login as one of the newly created users with the frevvo.Designer role by filling in the User, Password and Tenant fields. Start building forms and workflows immediately.

You can find examples on creating your own workflows on the Tutorials page.

Installing Live Forms as a Windows Service

To install Live Forms as a Windows service on a 32 or 64 bit Windows, follow the instructions listed here. If your operating system is 64 bit, there is an additional step that must be performed.Windows (32/64 bit)

Live Forms can be installed and started/stopped as a Windows Service. Batch files provided in the <frevvo-home> directory can install, configure and monitor the Live Forms service: 

The batch files provided are:

  • Install-Service.bat file - Double click this file to install the Live Forms service.
  • Configure-Service.bat - Double-click this file to edit the Shutdown/Startup mode and set both of them to Java instead of jvm if installing on a Windows x64 system. Change the name of the service if desired. See below:
  • Monitor-Service.bat - Double-click this file to monitor the bundle service.
  • Remove-Service.bat - removes the Live Forms service. You may have to close the Windows Services panel and reopen it to see the change.

Live Forms will run as a Windows Service whether you are using the Development Kit (JDK) or Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

Follow these steps to install Live Forms as a Windows Service:

  1. Navigate to the directory where the batch files are located: usually <frevvo-home>. Execute the Install-Service batch file by double clicking on it.
  2. The Install-Service batch file will put the frevvoforms service in the Services list in manual startup mode.
  3. Find the Services list for your operating system. The Live Forms service should be listed. Start the Service.

Make sure that the name of the directory where you installed Live Forms does not have any spaces in it.

Additional Step for Windows (64 bit)

If you want to install Live Forms as a service on a x64 installation of Windows , you will need to perform one additional steps.  

Make sure you have completed step 1 to configure the JDK Home environment variable with the correct path as discussed above.

  1. Copy the x64 Windows Binaries

    Previous versions of the Windows binaries (executables and dlls) found in the <frevvo-home>/tomcat/bin folder were built for x86 (32-bit) architectures and will not work on a x64 architecture (64-bits). We are now bundling the tomcat version 8 binaries for the two architectures inside <frevvo-home>/tomcat/bin folders:  <frevvo-home>\tomcat\bin\x64 and <frevvo-home>\tomcat\bin\x86.

    How do I know if I need to update the Windows binaries in my install? Are you seeing these errors?

    If so, the binaries in <frevvo-home>\tomcat\bin may need to be replaced. 

    • Replace tomcat8.exe, tomcat8w.exe and tcnative-1.dll found in <frevvo-home>/tomcat/bin with the ones found in <frevvo-home>/tomcat/bin/x64 (for 64-bit architectures).

  2. Navigate to the directory where the batch files are located: i.e.<frevvo-home>\frevvo. 
  3. Right click the Install-Service batch file and select Run As Administrator. Execute the batch file. The Live Forms service will be called frevvoforms but the display name can be changed when you run the Configure-Service Batch file.

Live Forms fails to install/start as windows service

Running c:\frevvo\Install Service fails to install the Live Forms service and fails to run as a windows service. Make sure the %JAVA_HOME%/bin is added to the system PATH Environment Variable.

If this fails to solve the problem even with setting of JAVA_HOME the tomcat service may not be able to find msvcr71.dll even though it is in the bin directory of your JDK or JRE installation, copy msvcr71.dll from the bin directory of your java installation the bin directory of your tomcat installation or to your C:\WINDOWS\System32 directory. You may see these errors in the windows service log file:

 

 

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