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Network Installation of LandView®
The primary concern of this Help file is providing instructions for installing LandView data and
map sets on a LAN (local area network) server. There are three associated Help files that provide background and
insights into the process. The LandView 6 National DVD Help file provides background not only for copying files from the National release, but it similarly applies to installing files from LandView 6 on DVD, the 2-DVD (East/West) release of LandView 6. A LandView Help file,
Alternate LandView Installations, provides instructions for installation of either format on a local
harddrive. There are occasional users who are more restricted in their placement of files. To meet
their needs, a Help article has been created in Unique Solutions, as Notes on LandView Installation Procedures.
There are two releases of LandView 6, and each is suitable for network installation. The first is
The LandView 6 National DVD, actually a 2-DVD set. Unique to this release is that installation
requires copying datasets from both DVDs. A second release is LandView 6 on DVD, also a
2-DVD set. However, here each DVD contains an independent dataset, and only one, either
LandView East or LandView West, can be installed.
LandView Installation by the Network Administrator
Refer to The LandView 6 National DVD. That Help file describes the elements common to all
installations of LandView data and map sets to either a LAN or a local drive. Basic is the
concept that LandView as a data application and MARPLOT, its associated mapping application,
each find their associated data or map files by different methodologies. An associated principle is
that each methodology requires that its datasets be located at the root level of a drive available to
all potential users.
For talking purposes, we will identify this drive as, R:\. Proper installation requires that, at the
root level of the R:\ drive, there be two directories, r:\LV6 and r:\maps, and a free-standing file,
For the LandView 6 on DVD release, the LV6 directory (from the selected LandView East or
LandView West) can be copied directly to the R:\ drive. For The LandView 6 National DVD, the
contents of the LV6 directories on both DVDs need to be copied to the R:\ drive.
From the selected DVD from LandView 6 on DVD, the complete Maps directory should be
copied to R:\. However, as explained in The LandView 6 National DVD, the National LandView
release does not include TIGER/Line map files, essential to LandView operation. The Help file
explains the selection and installation procedure.
The marplot.vnx file provides instructions as to how MARPLOT finds its map files. As copied
from the DVD, the file's instructions direct MARPLOT to the installation DVD. The first line of
text within the file reads as, LV6. To redirect MARPLOT to the relocated maps, the first line of
text needs to be changed to identify the containing drive by drive letter as, in this example, R:.
Do not write this as R:\, as the backslash is included as part of the path statements in the
An Install directory on the DVD should be made available to potential new users. Invoking
Install will place the LandView application on a user workstation in a c:\lv6a directory. On
opening the application, it is self-directed to the location of properly installed data and map sets.
An appropriate location for the Install file would be nested in an Install directory in r:\LV6. For
easier recognition, the file could be renamed as Install LandView.exe.
The LandView file sets are voluminous; some data searches can be time consuming. If it
becomes apparent that indexing of files is desirable, consult the Help file, Indexing LandView
LandView 6 Installation to a Mapped Drive
If a LandView user has read/write privileges to a sub-directory on a LAN server of sufficient
capacity, it is possible to create a new sub-directory, a suggested name--LV6 Data, and to use
this directory as a container for the LandView data and map directories and the marplot.vnx file.
This one time installation allows all LAN users, who can Map to this directory as an available
LAN drive, to access these files. The original installer, in essence, assumes the role of LAN
Administrator and is responsible for providing the installation procedure and instructions to
The Map to a Directory procedure may vary somewhat between Network systems, but the
following approach is representative. Installation is as follows:
Create a LV6 Data directory, as above. Right-mouse clicking on the directory should
display a mapping option. A mapping dialogue is as below. While the dialogue defaults
to the first available drive, this may be overwritten to a drive letter known to be available
to all users. It is important that options similar to those checked below be selected.
From an appropriate DVD or DVDs, proceed as above to create the two Directories, LV6
and MAPS, and the marplot.vnx file in the LV6 Data directory. Additionally, if other
users are to access these data and map files, the Install directory should also be copied to
As for an installation under the control of a Network Administrator, the marplot.vnx file
needs to be redirected to the drive letter identifying the mapped drive.
For Each New User
The LandView application files need to be installed on each user workstation in the default
directory, c:\lv6a. This may be from an automatic download of the application by IM support, or
it can be by direct installation by the end user from a LAN available installation directory. The
installation places a LandView shortcut icon on the Desktop, which opens the LandView
If LandView datasets are installed on a mapped drive, each new user needs to follow the above
procedure for mapping to a drive, with the target directory being LV6 Data, or similarly named
directory. Only the drive letter selected by the original installer can be used by secondary
installers. If this drive letter is not available to all users, see Notes on LandView Installation
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Geography Division,
Geographic Products Management Branch
Last Revised: December 12, 2012 at 10:33:12 AM
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