Network cd databases: web client
A selection of databases on cd-rom has been networked via a NetMan server and is available exclusively on the KU Leuven-intranet. When consulting a database of this type for the first time, you need to install a web client.
Installation of the NetMan RDP Web Client
Please read the procedure below carefully before installation. Go through the following steps:
- Download the zip-file nmRDPClt.zip to a temporary directory (e.g., C:\temp).
- Unzip the file.
- Doubleclick the Windows Installer Package nmRDPClt.msi in order to execute it. The installation of the NetMan RDP Web Client then runs automatically.
Check with your network administrator that you have installation rights on your PC. If your rights are restricted, you will need to ask him/her for help.
Use of the NetMan RDP Web Client is different depending on the type of webbrowser in which it is being run.
Internet Explorer:Each time you want to access a NetMan database, your browser has to download a small file in order to start the application. Depending on the security settings of your browser it is possible that, at the top of the link screen to the database, a yellow bar appears telling you that IE has blocked the site from downloading files to your computer. When you left-click on this bar it changes colour and a dropdown menu appears giving you the option to download the file. When you do, the NetMan RDP Web Client is launched automatically.
Mozilla Firefox:When consulting a NetMan database for the very first time a pop-up window appears on the redirect page to the native interface, asking you whether you want to save or open the file nmwebclt.asp. You are then advised to select the option "Open with NetManRDP (default)" and to set Firefox to "Do this automatically for files like this from now on." Afterwards you never have to perform these actions again as the chosen databases will be opened automatically.
People using other webbrowsers (e.g., Opera, Google Chrome) who have trouble accessing NetMan databases can always get in touch with the e-sources office.
Can I access NetMan databases on a computer running on the Windows Vista operating system?
Whereas the previous version of the NetMan RDP Web Client was compatible with Windows XP only, the latest version can be used on both XP and Vista computers. For people still using a computer running on Windows XP there is no need to switch to the new client.
Can I access NetMan databases on a Mac or Linux computer?
No, the Windows Installer Package (*.msi file) can be run on a Windows computer only. The Van Dale bilingual dictionaries are the sole exception to this rule (see the final FAQ below).
Can I access NetMan databases from outside the KU Leuven network using the proxy server?
Due to technical limitations, it is not possible to have remote access to NetMan databases.
When I have left a NetMan window open for a couple of minutes without doing anything, there appears the following message: "Unlock Computer: This computer is in use and has been locked. Only HYDRA02\NMANON010 (Anonymous access) or an administrator can unlock this computer." What can I do?
Because of license restrictions the number of simultaneous users allowed on the NetMan platform is limited to 20. To prevent those 20 slots from being occupied permanently the platform has been set up to automatically terminate any session that is inactive for a few minutes. You then have to close the NetMan RDP Web Client (clicking the X in the top right corner of the window), but in most cases you will be able to reopen the database immediately and continue your research.
It is a pity that I cannot keep the Van Dale bilingual dictionaries open in the background for an extended period of time while I am busy writing and editing a text. Can anything be done about this?
The Van Dale bilingual dictionaries can be accessed on the NetMan-platform not only through the NetMan RDP Web Client, but also directly on the KU Leuven intranet. As a result of standard browser technique being used this web version comes with less extra features (the grammatical compendia and phonetic information with non-Dutch lemmata are missing, for instance), but the actual dictionaries are available in their entirety and the sessions can remain active for a longer period of time. An additional bonus is that Mac and Linux users can also access this web version.