ICS@PSU: Institute for CyberScience

Exceed OnDemand

The information in this document is intended for use with the interactive system ACI-i.

Overview

Exceed onDemand is a commercial software product that lets you make a high-fidelity graphical connection to a remote system by means of a dedicated display server. ACI-i has this kind of server running, allowing you to make this kind of connection. 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.

Read on to learn how to install Exceed OnDemand on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux systems. This ICS video tutorial shows how to connect to ACI-i using Exceed OnDemand

Windows Installation

    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.
    3. The Open Text Exceed OnDemand Client Setup Wizard will appear. Click the “Next” button.
    4. In the License Agreement step, select the “I accept” radio button, and click “Next.”
    5. Click “Next” several times to proceed through the Customer Information, Destination Folder, Custom Setup, Additional Install Options steps, accepting the default options.
    6. In the “Ready to Install the Product” step, click “Install.” When the product has installed, click “Finish.”
    7. An Exceed onDemand Client shortcut should now appear on your desktop and Start Menu. Double-click the shortcut to launch the Exceed onDemand client. In the window that appears, enter 
      • aci-i.aci.ics.psu.edu in the “Host” box
      • your Penn State Access Account ID in the “User ID” box
      • your Penn State Access Account password in the “Password” box
      • click “Login”
    8. 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 ACI-i desktop appear in a separate window, as 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 XstarLint options, click the “Run” button. You will then be connected to ACI-i.

Mac OS X Installation

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 (the one 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 
      • aci-i.aci.ics.psu.edu into the “Host” box
      • your Penn State Access Account ID into the “User ID” box
      • your Penn State Access Account password into the “Password” box
      • 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 ACI-i desktop appear in a separate window, as 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 ACI-i.

Linux Installation

    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 
      • aci-i.aci.ics.psu.edu into the “Host” box
      • your Penn State Access Account ID into the “User ID” box
      • 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 ACI-i desktop appear in a separate window, as 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 ACI-i.

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

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