Installing Data Functions

Installing data functions for OPAS is a simple file-copy procedure; functions are often delivered in a zip file that must be extracted using the Windows built-in extraction utilities. There are two different folders that contain OPAS data functions, and OPAS Technical Support will tell you which folder should house your specific report files.

Custom data functions in OPAS are comprised of a set of files – there can be anywhere from one to six files for a data function (depending upon what it does). Most often these files will be emailed to you, but on occasion they will be downloaded.

Find the Folder

Files for data functions are always placed on the server that houses OPAS. You can open the OPAS directory via the menu item in the upper right-hand corner of the application:

Open OPAS Folder

If you don’t see Open OPAS folder in the list of program areas, then your OPAS login doesn’t permit access to this program area. To locate the OPAS report folder, open Windows Explorer (double-click the “Computer” icon on your desktop). On the left side of the screen will be a list of hard drives — one of them should be mapped to the OPAS drive on the server. Open that drive.

Files for customized data functions will be placed in the PROGRAM_CUSTOMIZED folder.

Custom data function folder

Files for custom data functions reside in the Program_Customized folder

Extract/Paste the Files

If the files sent for the data function are contained in a single ZIP file, the Zip archive must be extracted to the PROGRAM_CUSTOMIZED folder on the server. Right-click on the archive and choose Extract All…

Extract_Files

Extract the files to the PROGRAM_CUSTOMIZED folder and overwrite any file of the same name if it is there already. Make sure the utility does not place the files into a sub-folder. Information and instructions on using the file compression utility in Windows can be found at the Microsoft web site: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compress-uncompress-files-zip-files#1TC=windows-7

If the file(s) for the data function were sent to you individually (that is, not part of a zip archive), simply paste them into the PROGRAM_CUSTOMIZED  folder. If prompted, overwrite any files of the same name currently in the folder.

Restart OPAS – New Data Functions Only

If you have received the files for a new custom data function, you will need to restart OPAS on your own PC. OPAS reads in the entire function library when it launches, so until OPAS is restarted, it will not detect the new data function.

If you have been sent files to update an existing custom data function you do not need to restart OPAS.

The server does not need to be restarted, nor does any computer need to be rebooted. You just need to restart the OPAS application.

OPAS data functions are comprised of a set of files – there can be anywhere from one to six files for a data function (depending upon what it does). Most often these files will be emailed to you, but on occasion they will be downloaded.

Find the Folder

Files for Word reports are always placed on the server that houses OPAS. You can open the OPAS directory via the menu item in the upper right-hand corner of the application:

Open OPAS Folder

If you don’t see Open OPAS folder in the list of program areas, then your OPAS login doesn’t permit access to this program area. To locate the OPAS report folder, open Windows Explorer (double-click the “Computer” icon on your desktop). On the left side of the screen will be a list of hard drives — one of them should be mapped to the OPAS drive on the server. Open that drive.

Files for standard (non-customized) data functions will be placed in the PROGRAM  folder.

Data Function folder

Files for data functions will be placed in the PROGRAM folder.

Extract / Paste the Files

If the files sent for the data function are contained in a single ZIP file, the Zip archive must be extracted to the PROGRAM folder on the server. Right-click on the archive and choose Extract All…

Extract_Files

Extract the files to the PROGRAM folder and overwrite any file of the same name if it is there already. Make sure the utility does not place the files into a sub-folder. Information and instructions on using the file compression utility in Windows can be found at the Microsoft web site: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compress-uncompress-files-zip-files#1TC=windows-7

If the file(s) for the data function were sent to you individually (that is, not part of a zip archive), simply paste them into the PROGRAM  folder. If prompted, overwrite any files of the same name currently in the folder.

Restart OPAS – New Data Functions Only

If you have received the files for a new data function, you will need to restart OPAS on your own PC. OPAS reads in the entire function library when it launches, so until OPAS is restarted, it will not detect the new report.

If you have been sent files to update an existing data function you do not need to restart OPAS.

The server does not need to be restarted, nor does any computer need to be rebooted. You just need to restart the OPAS application.