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Exceed OnDemand

The information in this document is intended for use with only the interactive systems: Hammer and ACI-I.

Overview

Exceed onDemand is a commercial software product that allows a high-fidelity graphical connection to be made to a remote system by means of a dedicated display server. Each Hammer system has such a server running, thus allowing a connection to be made. Remote Desktop connections present users with a familiar desktop GUI and do not require manual configuration of an SSH client. The remote GUI applications may be presented as a self-contained remote desktop with its own window management (similar to Remote Desktop) or may be seamlessly integrated into the user’s existing desktop.

Windows

    1. Download the latest version of the client installer here: either a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version.
    2. When the download completes, unzip the file and run Setup.exe. The Open Text Exceed OnDemand Client Setup Wizard will appear. Click the Next button.
    3. In the License Agreement step, select the I accept radio button and click Next.
    4. Click Next several times to proceed through the Customer Information, Destination Folder, Custom Setup, Additional Install Options steps, accepting the default options.
    5. In the Ready to Install the Product step, click Install. When the product has installed click Finish.
    6. An Exceed onDemand Client shortcut should now appear on your desktop and Start Menu. Double-click shortcut to launch the Exceed onDemand client. In the window that appears, enter hammer.rcc.psu.edu or aci-i.aci.ics.psu.edu into the Host box, your Penn State Access Account ID into the User ID box, and your Penn State Access Account password into the password box and click Login.
    7. Once you have logged in, A new dialog will appear asking you to choose the Xconfig and Xstart that you would like to use.
      • To have the Hammer desktop appear in a separate window like it does with Remote Desktop, choose one of the Desktop_Mode Xconfig options and the Gnome_Desktop.xs Xstart option.

      Once you have chosen your desired Xconfig and Xstart options, click the Run button. You will then be connected to Hammer.

Mac OS X

Note: If you are running OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) or newer, you must first install XQuartz, log out, and log back in so that you have a working X-Server on your machine. Previous versions of OS X included an X-Server, but versions 10.8 and above do not. XQuartz can be downloaded from the XQuartz page.

    1. Download the Exceed onDemand client for Mac: EoDClient8-13.8.9.dmg.
    2. Navigate to your downloads folder, unzip the file, then double-click on the downloaded dmg file, and the Exceed OnDemand setup package will appear. Double-click on the Exceed onDemand Client.pkg
    3. The Open Text Exceed OnDemand Client Setup Installer will appear. Click the Continue button.
    4. In the License step, click Continue then Agree.
    5. In the Installation Type step, click Install. if the installer asks for your password, enter your local password that you use to log into your Mac
    6. In the Summary step, click Close.
    7. An Exceed onDemand Client application will now appear in your Applications folder. Navigate there in Finder and double-click on the application.
    8. In the window that appears, enter hammer.rcc.psu.edu or aci-i.aci.ics.psu.edu into the Host box, your Penn State Access Account ID into the User ID box, and your Penn State Access Account password into the password box and click Login.
    9. Once you have logged in, A new dialog will appear asking you to choose the Xconfig and Xstart that you would like to use.
      • To have the Hammer desktop appear in a separate window like it does with Remote Desktop, choose one of the Desktop_Mode Xconfig options and the Gnome_Desktop.xs Xstart option.

      Once you have chosen your desired Xconfig and Xstart options, click the Run button. You will then be connected to Hammer.

Linux

    1. Download the Exceed onDemand client for Linux, either a 32-bit eodclient8-13.8.9.994-linux-i586.tar or 64-bit eodclient8-13.8.9.994-linux-x64.tar version.
    2. Open a terminal and type “tar xzf <your_downloads_folder>/eodclient-latest-linux-x64.tar.gz”, then type “cd Exceed_onDemand_Client_8”, and finally “./eodxc”
    3. In the window that appears, enter hammer.rcc.psu.edu or aci-i.aci.ics.psu.edu into the Host box, your Penn State Access Account ID into the User ID box, and your Penn State Access Account password into the password box.
    4. Next you must choose the Xconfig and Xstart that you would like to use.
      • To have the Hammer desktop appear in a separate window like it does with Remote Desktop, choose one of the Desktop_Mode Xconfig options and the Gnome_Desktop.xs Xstart option.

      Once you have chosen your desired Xconfig and Xstart options, click the Run button (green arrow). You will then be connected to Hammer.

If you have trouble with any of the above steps, please email iask@ics.psu.edu.

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