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Installation Instructions

 

1.

 

 

Overview……………………………………………………………….

 

 

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1.1

 

 

Do I need a driver and why.

 

 

2

 

 

1.2

 

 

"Security Plug API Initialization Failure"

 

 

 

2

 

 

1.3

 

 

Installing the key on the computer.

 

 

3

 

 

1.4

 

 

Obtaining the security key drivers

 

 

4

 

 

1.5

 

 

Using the Operating System Sensitive Setup Utility

 

 

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2.

 

 

Windows 95…………………………………………………………..

 

 

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2.1

 

 

Is the driver already installed?

 

 

8

 

 

2.2

 

 

Installing the security key driver.

 

 

8

 

 

2.3

 

 

Removing the security key driver.

 

 

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2.4

 

 

If something goes wrong.

 

 

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3.

 

 

Windows 98…………………………………………………………..

 

 

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3.1

 

 

Is the driver already installed.

 

 

14

 

 

3.2

 

 

Installing the security key driver.

 

 

14

 

 

3.3

 

 

Removing the security key driver.

 

 

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3.4

 

 

If something goes wrong.

 

 

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4.

 

 

Windows NT 4.0…………………………………………………..…

 

 

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4.1

 

 

Is the driver already installed.

 

 

20

 

 

4.2

 

 

Installing the security key driver.

 

 

20

 

 

4.3

 

 

Removing the security key driver.

 

 

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4.4

 

 

If something goes wrong.

 

 

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5.

 

 

Windows NT 5.0…………………………………………………..…

 

 

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5.1

 

 

Is the driver already installed.

 

 

28

 

 

5.2

 

 

Installing the security key driver.

 

 

28

 

 

5.3

 

 

Removing the security key driver.

 

 

28

 

 

5.4

 

 

If something goes wrong.

 

 

28

 

 

     

6.

 

 

Apogee Security Key Test Program ………………………..…

 

 

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1. Overview

Apogee Systems Inc. software is protected by a small security key attached to the parallel port of the PC. While this involves the installation of hardware on your computer, it allows us to distribute disks which may be copied or backed-up at your choice. This allows you to make as many disk copies as you feel are prudent and to install the program on as many computers as are necessary; however, the program will run only on a computer with a security key installed. The security keys distributed with all Apogee software are manufactured by

Rainbow Technologies and use an Apogee-proprietary encryption scheme. Each time Apogee’s software is executed, it tests the parallel port to ensure that the security key is attached and uses the encryption scheme to decode data within the program.

 

1.1 Do you need a driver and why.

All versions of Windows® and all versions of Apogee software now require that a driver be installed as a communications interface between the computer’s parallel port and the security key. Under previous versions of Windows® this driver could be imbedded in the Apogee program or simply exist as a DLL in the system directory; however, more recent versions of Windows® require a formal installation of the driver in the registry. This paper describes:

    • how to obtain the drivers,
    • how to install them,
    • how to test whether they are installed correctly, and
    • how to remove them.

Each version of Windows® requires different procedure, so this paper is organized according to the various Microsoft operating systems. Please be sure to follow the procedures appropriate to the operating system that you are using.

 

1.2 "Security Plug API Initialization Failure"

This error message from the Apogee software is the typical indicator that the driver is not properly installed. If you encounter it, follow the procedures for the appropriate operating system to install it correctly.

 

1.3 Installing the key on the computer.

The security keys are easy to install and do not require the cover to be removed from your computer. They simply install onto the parallel port on the back of your computer -- the one your printer is normally connected to. Some users have made the mistake of attaching them to the SCSI port used for the scanner. This will not work and may damage the security key or the SCSI adapter! The security key must me attached to the computer’s parallel port between the computer and the printer. The following illustrates a typical computer:

 

Generally, the security key should be installed between the computer and the printer cable; however, if necessary, a short extension may be placed between the computer and the key, for example, to allow the computer to sit closer to the wall. If so, the extension must support all 25 pins in the cable. Note that the key is marked with arrows indicating which end must be connected to the computer. Putting the key on the serial connector (usually a male connector) will not work. Virtually all printers will allow this hook-up, but other devices may create problems. Most typically, tape drives that connect through the parallel port cannot work through the key. In this case, put the key between the tape drive and the printer, rather than between the computer and the tape drive. In some installations, it may be desirable to mount the key inside the computer. If so, please have an experienced technician perform the installation.

1.4 Obtaining the Drivers

The drivers for the Apogee security keys are available from several sources, including any Apogee software CD-ROM, floppy disk, E-mail, and the Internet.

CD-ROM:

On any Apogee CD-ROM, there is a directory entitled Security.Key.Drivers at the root of the CD. Within this directory are files and subdirectories in the format described in paragraph 1.4.2 below.

FLOPPY: I

f you cannot find a copy of the drivers from an Apogee CD or from the Internet, Apogee will be glad to send you a floppy disk containing the drivers. The Security.Key.Drivers floppy is organized as shown in paragraph 1.4.2 below.

E-MAIL:

If you have access to E-mail, but not to Apogee’s FTP site, we will be glad to E-mail the drivers to you. In this event, please send an E-mail to

techspt@apogeesystems.com with the E-mail address where you want them sent. The drivers will be sent as an attachment to an E-mail with a single self-extracting EXE file containing the files described below. To extract the files from the self-extracting file, refer to paragraph 1.4.1

INTERNET:

If you have access to WWW or to FTP, the drivers may be downloaded by accessing Apogee’s FTP site. The files may be downloaded using Internet Explorer®, Netscape®, WsFTP, or most other web browsers. Simply type the URL of our site in the address window of your web browser:

ftp://www.mindspring.com/users/apogeesy .or if you are using an FTP program, perform an anonymous logon to our site. Once connected, the files are contained in a single self-extracting EXE file named Security.Key.Drivers.exe. Download that file to a temporary directory on your computer and extract the files following the procedures in paragraph 1.4.1.

RAINBOW:

The drivers are also available from Rainbow Technologies web site at

http://www.rnbo.com/tech/download/drivers.html. We discourage downloading drivers from their site directly since Apogee may not have tested them yet; however, if for some reason, you have been unable to download the files from our site, we have included the Rainbow site in this paper. Please be sure to use only the "Sentinel Super Pro" drivers. The drivers will be in a single self-extracting EXE file. Be sure to use the instructions in their web site for extracting and installing the files as their instructions may be different from the following.

 

1.4.1 Extracting the driver files from a self-extracting exe file.

The Apogee security key drivers are often distributed in a self-extracting zip file format to make it easier to handle as a single file. The drivers may be extracted from this file by the following procedure under Windows® 95, 98, or NT:

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Explore. Extensive help is available from within Explorer for learning how to perform the following operations.

Step 2 –

Create a directory such as C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers. The directory need not be empty, but you may wish to save the installation files in case they need to be reinstalled in the future.

Step 3 –

Copy the Security.Key.Drivers.exe file from the floppy, CD, or FTP site into the directory that you created in step 2.

Step 4 –

Double click with the left mouse button on Security.Key.Drivers.exe. This will bring up the starting window shown below.

Step 5 – The program will default to unzipping into C:\Temp directory. Note that program will overwrite any files in the temporary directory which happen to have the same name as those it wants to create. As a result, any files in the selected directory may be overwritten. Accordingly, we would recommend changing this file to the same directory created in step 2, e.g. C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers.

Step 6 –

Click on the Unzip button to extract the driver files. Note that by unchecking the "overwrite" check box, you can instruct the program to prompt you before overwriting any files.

The "Run Setup. checkbox my be used to automatically run setup as described in paragraphs 2, 3, 4, or 5 below. This procedure is usually successful for installing the drivers for Windows 95 and 98; however, Windows NT requires that the user be logged in as "Administrator" and with "Administrator" privileges. Please refer to the appropriate operating systems paragraph below for more details.

If the extraction process is successful, it will create several files in the directory named in step 5. Paragraph 1.4.2 describes these directories and files.

 

1.4.2 Security.Key.Drivers directory and file format.

The security key drivers program on Apogee CD and floppy disks is in the same format as the structure that occurs when the self-extracting zip file is expanded. It consists of an operating system sensitive setup utility and directories for each of the operating systems supported. In each operating system directory are setup utilities specific for that operating system. The figure on the next page depicts the file structure in a format similar to Explorer’s display.

1.5 Using the Operating System-Sensitive Setup Utility

The security key drivers directory contains a program which senses what operating system is installed on the computer and installs the correct drivers for that operating system. This program works quite well for Windows 95/98; however, for it to work correctly under NT, you must be logged on as the Administrator with Administrator privileges. Simply being logged on as a user or as a SuperUser with Administrator privileges is not adequate. You must have a username of Administrator and must have full Administrator privileges. If you do not have access to the Administrator account, have your system administrator install the drivers for you.

To use the Operating System-Sensitive Setup Utility, simply execute the SETUP.EXE program in the Security.Key.Drivers root directory. The program executes silently and does not normally indicate success or failure of the installation. To check to see if it was successful, test the driver using the procedure specific to your operating system as described in paragraphs 2.2, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2 and 6. below.

 

Figure 2 - Apogee Security Key Drivers Directory Structure

2. Windows 95

2.1

Is the driver already installed

Under Windows® 95, the easiest way to see if the driver is installed is to try to reinstall it. To do this, follow the procedure in paragraph 2.2. Finally to test the correct operation of the driver, run the Test Security Plug.exe program described in paragraph 6.

2.2 Installing the security key driver

To install the Apogee security plug driver under Windows® 95, either run the Operating System-Sensitive Setup Utility described in paragraph 1.5 or the following. The Operating System-Sensitive Setup Utility works well under Windows® 95; however, it does not always indicated failures in the installation. The following procedure is a little more complicated, but ensures that the driver installs correctly.

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Explore. Extensive help is available from within Explorer for learning how to perform the following operations.

Step 2 –

Open the directory containing the Apogee Security Key drivers, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers.

Step 3 –

Open the Win_9x subdirectory, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers\Win_9x.

Step 4 – Execute the SENTW9X.EXE program by double-clicking on the file icon. The following window will open.

Step 5 –

The program consists of a blank Windows-style window with a single entry on the menu bar - Functions. Click on Functions to open the pull-down menu.

Step 6 – Click on the Install Sentinel Drivers item (top item) in the pull-down list. The following dialog will appear.

Step 7 –

The directory shown will be the directory from which you executed the SENTW9X.EXE program. Simply click on OK. If the driver installs correctly, the following will appear.

 

 

If the driver is already installed, the following will appear.

 

Step 8 –

Click on OK, Then quit the program by clicking on the Functions menu entry and clicking on Quit.

Step 9 –

Reboot your system by clicking on the Start button, followed by Shut Down, and clicking on the Reboot option.

Step 10

-- Go to Paragraph 6 of this paper and execute the Test Security Plug.EXE program.

2.3 Removing the security key driver

There is really no reason to remove the Apogee Security Plug driver since it occupies little space and no computer time unless one of the Apogee programs is run. After the key is removed the Apogee programs will not execute, but will terminate with the error message

"Security Key API Failed to Initialize." To remove the driver, follow this procedure:

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Explore. Extensive help is available from within Explorer for learning how to perform the following operations.

Step 2 –

Open the directory containing the Apogee Security Key drivers, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers.

Step 3 –

Open the Win9x subdirectory, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers\Win_9x.

Step 4 – Execute the SENTW9X.EXE program by double-clicking on the file icon. The following window will open.

 

Step 5 –

The program consists of a blank Windows-style window with a single entry on the menu bar - Functions. Click on Functions to open the pull-down menu.

 

Step 6 – Click on the Remove Sentinel Driver menu item. The program will respond with:

Step 7 –

If you are sure that you want to remove the driver, click on OK. The system will respond with:

Step 8 –

Click on OK, Then quit the program by clicking on the Functions menu entry and clicking on Quit.

Step 9 –

Reboot your system by clicking on the Start button, followed by Shut Down, and clicking on the Reboot option.

 

2.4 If something goes wrong

The Windows 95 driver installation is virtually fool proof; however, if for some reason the procedure fails, try removing the driver (Paragraph 2.3), remove the driver files from your system, and then reinstall the drivers following the procedure in paragraph 2.2. There are extensive help and readme files in the driver installation kit. We do not recommend using the Configure Sentinel Drivers menu option without help. If reinstalling the driver still fails, please call Apogee Tech Support.

3. Windows 98

3.1

Is the driver already installed

Under Windows® 98, the easiest way to see if the driver is installed is to try to reinstall it. To do this, follow the procedure in paragraph 3.2. Finally to test the correct operation of the driver, run the Test Security Plug.exe program described in paragraph 6.

3.2 Installing the security key driver

To install the Apogee security plug driver under Windows® 98, either run the Operating System-Sensitive Setup Utility described in paragraph 1.5 or the following. The Operating System-Sensitive Setup Utility works well under Windows® 98; however, it does not always indicated failures in the installation. The following procedure is a little more complicated, but ensures that the driver installs correctly.

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Explore. Extensive help is available from within Explorer for learning how to perform the following operations.

Step 2 –

Open the directory containing the Apogee Security Key drivers, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers.

Step 3 –

Open the Win9x subdirectory, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers\Win_9x.

Step 4 – Execute the SENTW9X.EXE program by double-clicking on the file icon. The following window will open.

Step 5 –

The program consists of a blank Windows-style window with a single entry on the menu bar - Functions. Click on Functions to open the pull-down menu.

Step 6 – Click on the Install Sentinel Drivers item (top item) in the pull-down list. The following dialog will appear.

Step 7 –

The directory shown will be the directory from which you executed the SENTW9X.EXE program. Simply click on OK. If the driver installs correctly, the following will appear.

 

 

If the driver is already installed, the following will appear.

 

Step 8 –

Click on OK, Then quit the program by clicking on the Functions menu entry and clicking on Quit.

Step 9 –

Reboot your system by clicking on the Start button, followed by Shut Down, and clicking on the Reboot option.

Step 10

-- Go to Paragraph 6 of this paper and execute the Test Security Plug.EXE program.

3.3 Removing the security key driver

There is really no reason to remove the Apogee Security Plug driver since it occupies little space and no computer time unless one of the Apogee programs is run. After the key is removed the Apogee programs will not execute, but will terminate with the error message

"Security Key API Failed to Initialize." To remove the driver, follow this procedure:

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Explore. Extensive help is available from within Explorer for learning how to perform the following operations.

Step 2 –

Open the directory containing the Apogee Security Key drivers, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers.

Step 3 –

Open the Win9x subdirectory, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers\Win_9x.

Step 4 – Execute the SENTW9X.EXE program by double-clicking on the file icon. The following window will open.

 

Step 5 –

The program consists of a blank Windows-style window with a single entry on the menu bar - Functions. Click on Functions to open the pull-down menu.

 

Step 6 – Click on the Remove Sentinel Driver menu item. The program will respond with:

Step 7 –

If you are sure that you want to remove the driver, click on OK. The system will respond with:

Step 8 –

Click on OK, Then quit the program by clicking on the Functions menu entry and clicking on Quit.

Step 9 –

Reboot your system by clicking on the Start button, followed by Shut Down, and clicking on the Reboot option.

 

3.4 If something goes wrong

The Windows 98 driver installation is virtually fool proof; however, if for some reason the procedure fails, try removing the driver (Paragraph 3.3), remove the driver files from your system, and then reinstall the drivers following the procedure in paragraph 3.2. There are extensive help and readme files in the driver installation kit. We do not recommend using the Configure Sentinel Drivers menu option without help. If reinstalling the driver still fails, please call Apogee Tech Support.

4. Windows NT 4.0

Because of the hardware abstraction layer inherent within the Windows NT operating system, the requirement for and operation of the Apogee Security Key driver is quite different from the operation on Windows 95/98. Additionally, Windows NT enforces a strict security policy on all system users. To install or modify drivers on Windows NT, you MUST BE LOGGED IN AS ADMINISTRATOR AND HAVE FULL ADMINISTRATOR PRIVILEGES. Simply having a user account with Administrator privileges is not adequate. Only the system administrator can install or modify the Apogee Security Key driver. If you cannot log in as the Administrator, please have your system administrator install the drivers for you.

4.1

Is the driver already installed

Under Windows® NT 4.0, the easiest way to see if the driver is installed and operating is to examine the devices under the system control panel, as follows:

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by left-clicking on the Start button and selecting Settings and then Control Panel. The control panel will open as shown here:

Step 2 –

Double click on the Devices Icon to open the Devices dialog:

 


 

Step 3 –

The drivers are in alphabetical order. Scroll down the list to find the Sentinel driver. It should be just before the Serial driver as shown here. If the Sentinel driver is not present, it is not installed. If it is present, it should show as Started and Automatic.

Step 4

-- If the driver is present, but not Started and Automatic, it is either not correctly installed, or has been stopped or changed by someone with Administrator privileges. By clicking on the Sentinel line, the Start, Stop, and Startup buttons are enabled which allows changing the state of the driver. Once changed to Started and Automatic, the driver should automatically start each time the PC is rebooted. If it does not automatically start each time, something is wrong with the installation. Try removing the driver (Paragraph 4.3) and reinstalling it (Paragraph 4.2).

Step 5

– Once the driver is correctly installed and started, run the Security Plug Test.exe program as described in Paragraph 6.

4.2 Installing the security key driver

To install the Apogee security plug driver under Windows® NT 4.0, you

MUST BE LOGGED IN AS ADMINISTRATOR AND HAVE FULL ADMINISTRATOR PRIVILEGES. You may either run the Operating System-Sensitive Setup Utility described in paragraph 1.5 or the following. The Operating System-Sensitive Setup Utility works under Windows® NT 4.0; however, it does not always indicated failures in the installation. The following procedure is a little more complicated, but ensures that the driver installs correctly.

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Explore. Extensive help is available from within Explorer for learning how to perform the following operations.

Step 2 –

Open the directory containing the Apogee Security Key drivers, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers.

Step 3 –

Open the Win_nt subdirectory, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers\Win_nt.

Step 4 – Execute the SETUPX86.EXE program by double-clicking on the file icon. The following window will open.

 

Step 5 – The program consists of a blank Windows-style window with a single entry on the menu bar - Functions. Click on Functions to open the pull-down menu.

Step 6 – Click on the Install Sentinel Drivers item (top item) in the pull-down list. The following dialog will appear.

Step 7 –

The directory shown will be the directory from which you executed the SETUPX86.EXE program. Simply click on OK. If the driver installs correctly, the following will appear.

If the driver is already installed, the following will appear.

 

 

Step 8 –

Click on OK, Then quit the program by clicking on the Functions menu entry and clicking on Quit.

Step 9 –

Reboot your system by clicking on the Start button, followed by Shut Down, and clicking on the Reboot option.

Step 10

-- Go to Paragraph 6 of this paper and execute the Test Security Plug.EXE program.

4.3 Removing the security key driver

There is really no reason to remove the Apogee Security Plug driver since it occupies little space and no computer time unless one of the Apogee programs is run. After the key is removed the Apogee programs will not execute, but will terminate with the error message

"Security Key API Failed to Initialize." To remove the driver, follow this procedure:

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Explore. Extensive help is available from within Explorer for learning how to perform the following operations.

Step 2 –

Open the directory containing the Apogee Security Key drivers, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers.

Step 3 –

Open the Win_nt subdirectory, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers\Win_nt.

Step 4 – Execute the SETUPX86.EXE program by double-clicking on the file icon. The following window will open.

 

Step 5 –

The program consists of a blank Windows-style window with a single entry on the menu bar - Functions. Click on Functions to open the pull-down menu.

Step 6 – Click on the Remove Sentinel Driver menu item. The program will respond with:

Step 7 –

If you are sure that you want to remove the driver, click on OK. The system will respond with:

Step 8 –

Click on OK, Then quit the program by clicking on the Functions menu entry and clicking on Quit.

Step 9 –

Reboot your system by clicking on the Start button, followed by Shut Down, and clicking on the Reboot option.

4.4 If something goes wrong

The Windows NT 4.0 driver installation is virtually fool proof; however, if for some reason the procedure fails, try removing the driver (Paragraph 4.3), remove the driver files from your system, and then reinstall the drivers following the procedure in paragraph 4.2. There are extensive help and readme files in the driver installation kit. We do not recommend using the Configure Sentinel Drivers menu option without help. If reinstalling the driver still fails, please call Apogee Tech Support.

5. Windows NT 5.0

Windows NT 5.0 is not yet supported by Apogee Systems, Inc.

6. Apogee Security Key Test Program

Once the Security Key driver is installed, you may test that it is operating correctly by obtaining and running the Security Key Test.exe program. The security key test program is included on Apogee-prepared floppy disks and CDs. It is also available on the Apogee FTP site and will be E-mailed along with the driver file as described in Paragraph 1.4.

To run the security key test program:

Step 1 –

Open the <Explorer> program in Windows by right-clicking on the Start button and selecting Explore. Extensive help is available from within Explorer for learning how to perform the following operations.

Step 2 –

Open the directory containing the Apogee Security Key drivers, usually C:\Apogee\Security.Key.Drivers.

Step 3 – Execute the Security Key Test.exe program by double-clicking on the file icon.

The following window will open.

If the security key and driver are correctly installed, the program will proceed as shown above. The upper part of the window shows the key serial numbers, the authorized user name, etc. Each Apogee program can be separately enabled in the key. The programs that are authorized for your use are listed in the lower window as authorized. If the programs that you need show as authorized, the security key and driver are installed and operating correctly.

If the driver is not correctly loaded or started, the test program will display the message shown here:

If the security key driver is installed correctly, but the key itself is not installed or is damaged, the test program will display the following showing the key as "not found."

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