Updating Ares to Version 5.0: Updating the Server

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This article reflects changes/features that are not yet publicly available. Ares v5.0 is in the final stages of testing. Once an official release date has been announced, this message will be updated with more information.

1. Before Getting Started (Can be performed the day(s) before)

Please consider blocking out 1 to 3 hours for this update.   

Gather Information    

  • Check server and workstation requirements for the new version by reviewing the Ares 5.0 Release Notes to ensure your hardware and software can support Ares 5.0.
  • Have the Intranet Protocol (IP) and Domain Name System (DNS) for the Ares SQL Server and Web Server readily available. 
  • Know the SQL System Administrator (sa) username and password login information.
  • Check your notes from past updates to see if there are any server/site considerations (e.g., custom SQL triggers, installations that are on different drives, multiple sets of Web Pages, if the default location of the AresDocs has changed, etc.).
  • Verify the version of .NET on the server is at least 4.6.2. 
    • If you do not see what version of .NET is installed via Windows\Control Panel, try running this Command Prompt: wmic /namespace:\\root\cimv2 path win32_product where "name like '%%.NET%%'” 

    • If that doesn’t work, check the “Version” entry in the registry here:

      • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Client
        Or here:
        HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full

Downloading the Installers  

    1. All installer files are password protected. Contact an Atlas Systems' Customer Service Representative (support@atlas-sys.com or 1-800-567-7401 ext. #1) to obtain the download credentials.   

      Send Email Request for Credentials
  1. Go to Ares Downloads to download the Ares 5.0 Client Installer and the Installing the Ares Server to download the Ares 5.0 Server Installer. 
  2. Save the installer files to the Desktop.

Completing a .NET Update

If necessary, update .NET to ensure the latest update is version 4.6.2 or above (Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 Multi-Targeting Pack).

Copying SQL Triggers 

Make a copy of any custom SQL triggers so you can add them back later. 


2. Updating the Ares Server 

Setting Custom User Name & Passwords   

A dialog has been added to the Ares Server installer that allows the server administrator to specify the database user account credentials used to access the Ares database (e.g., the account credentials that can be specified in SAM). This allows you to use custom account names and passwords for Ares as a security measure, without having to manually run modified versions of the standard install scripts. For more information, see Ares 5.0 Server Installer Database Configuration

Running the Server Updater

  1. On the server, right-click the previously-downloaded installer icon and select "Run as administrator."
  2. An installation wizard will appear. Follow the steps to approve setting selections.
  3. When the installer has completed, select Finish.
  4. Delete the Ares Server Installer file.
  5. Optional: download and run the Ares Client Installer on the server.


3. Testing the Web Pages

Replacing RemoteAuth DLLs

Sites that use remote authentication may have additional copies of the ares.dll file saved in web page folders protected by SSO providers. These copies will not be automatically updated by the server installer and should be manually replaced with the version of ares.dll that is installed during the server update, typically located in C:\Ares\Web\DLL.

Testing URLs

Confirm the indicated behaviors when testing URLs for your webpages, testweb pages, and WebService. The following examples illustrate how individual site's webpage URLs might be formatted, if "site.ares.atlas-sys.com" was replaced with your Ares web server's DNS.



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