TOTAL server install guide

This document explains how to install TOTAL on your network.

Document 6009  ¦  Last updated:  12/14/2017 RR2

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When you have multiple computers in your office, using TOTAL on a server centralizes your data, program updates, and administration — and it allows each user to have custom preferences and permissions to access reports.

Before we begin

There are three things to note before starting your installation: 

  1. You need to have a network in place prior to installing the server or workstation version of TOTAL.  Our technicians are unable to assist with this, so please give your local technician a copy of this guide.
  2. The date and time on all computers must be configured correctly.
  3. If you already have TOTAL installed as a stand‑alone, it needs to be uninstalled before you can install the server or workstation version.

If you're ready to get started, choose a section below.

Minimum server requirements  |  Installing your server
Setting up workstations  |  Using a laptop  |  Additional resources

Minimum server requirements

Licensing To install TOTAL on a server, you must have a TOTAL Server License.  Visit to check if you have a server license.  Or, visit to purchase one today.
Operating System

Desktop:  (Windows) 7 Service Pack 1, 8.1, and 10

Server:  (Windows Server) 2008, 2008 R2, 2011, 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016

Processor (CPU)

Intel:  3rd Generation Core‑i3 or better
(e.g.  Intel Core i3‑3210 3.20 GHz)

AMD:  A8 APU or better
(e.g. AMD A8‑6410 2.00 GHz)

Are you using your server as a workstation, too?  If so, you'll want a more powerful processor than what is listed above.  Consider going with a 3rd generation Intel Core‑i5 or AMD FX‑6300 instead.
Memory (RAM)

Minimum:  4 GB of RAM

Recommended:  8 GB of RAM

Disk space

Minimum:  10 GB for TOTAL; 10 MB per report stored

Recommended:  500 GB or greater

Disk speed

Minimum:  7,200 RPM

Recommended:  SSD or 10,000 RPM drive

Network card

Minimum:  10/100 Mbps

Recommended:  10/100/1000 Mbps

Wireless Network Connections are not recommended.  Instead, we recommend using a hardwire connection between your server and workstation(s).
Internet High-speed Internet access (DSL, Cable, or Fiber)

Installing your server

We don't support running our software over terminal services, or any other remote desktop service.

Additionally, due to an issue in Microsoft's SQL Server, you're unable to install TOTAL or WinTOTAL Aurora on a server that is also being used as a domain controller.  For more information on this issue, click here.

Before you begin:

  1. Make sure you're installing TOTAL on the computer you plan to use as your server.
  2. If you’re using a Windows Server OS, take extra care when implementing your network permissions.  Windows can block your network users from accessing vital files in the TOTAL folder.

To begin your server install:

  1. Click the button below to begin downloading.

    Install TOTAL

  2. After you've clicked the button above, choose the browser you're using from the tabs below and continue with the instructions.

    After you've clicked the Install TOTAL button above, press Ctrl + J on your keyboard and double‑click TOTALSetup.exe.

    Press the Ctrl and J keys

    Double-click the setup file

    Now, simply continue with the rest of the instructions below.

    1. After you've clicked the Install TOTAL button above, click Save File when prompted.

      Click Save File

    2. Now, press Ctrl + J on your keyboard and double-click TOTALSetup.exe.

      Press the Ctrl and J keys

      Double-click the setup file

    3. Finally, click OK when the Open Executable File window appears.

      Click OK

    After you've clicked OK, simply continue with the rest of the instructions below.

    To begin the install process, simply click Run.

    Click Run

    Then, continue with the rest of the instructions below.

    To begin the install process, simply click Run.

    Click Run

    Then, continue with the rest of the instructions below.

  3. When the installer appears, choose how you'd like to register TOTAL:
    Existing WinTOTAL Aurora user (Recommended)
    Choose this option to register TOTAL using the existing WinTOTAL Aurora registration information on your computer.  WinTOTAL must be installed and registered on the same machine where you're installing TOTAL in order to use this option.  If a valid WinTOTAL registration isn't detected on your PC, only the a la mode login and Activation Code options are displayed
    a la mode login
    Choose this option to enter the a la mode Username and Password associated with your account.  If you're not sure what it is, or if you've forgotten it, click the Forgot Password link to reset it and we'll send a new one to the e‑mail address associated with your account.
    Activation code
    Choose this option to enter your Customer Number and Authorization Code in the provided fields.  You can get your Customer Number and Activation Code from the downloads section of My Account, your order invoice, or by looking in your welcome e‑mail.

    Registration options

    Once you've chosen your registration method and entered any necessary information (if applicable), click Next.

  4. Next, you'll have to choose whether you want to install TOTAL as a stand‑alone version, as a server version, or as a workstation.  Since this document covers installing TOTAL on a server, choose Server installation and click Next.

    Installation Type

  5. When you're prompted to agree to the License Agreement, read through the agreement, check the box to accept, and click Next.

    License Agreement

  6. Now, you'll choose where to install TOTAL.  We recommend using the default installation directory.

    Installation Directory

    If you choose to install TOTAL to a different location, we may not be able to assist you as easily if something goes wrong.
  7. Lastly, review and confirm your installation options.  You're also shown any prerequisites that will be installed prior to TOTAL itself.  When you're ready, click Install to install TOTAL and any other necessary software.

    Installation Summary

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Once TOTAL has finished installing, check the box to Launch TOTAL and click Finish.

If you have a previous version of WinTOTAL on your computer and you want to transfer your settings from Aurora, check the box that states "Launch Aurora Transition Assistant to copy…" prior to clicking Finish.  This launches the Aurora Transition Assistant.

Finish the installation

Once TOTAL is installed on your server, you’re ready to set up your workstations.

A note for Aurora users:  While the installation of TOTAL is an upgrade from WinTOTAL Aurora, TOTAL doesn't replace Aurora.  It is installed alongside your existing copy of Aurora, and will not interfere with it.

Setting up workstations

If your PC previously had a stand‑alone version of TOTAL, this must be uninstalled completely before you complete the steps below.
  1. From the workstation, browse to the TOTAL program directory on the server, by default the network path to the TOTAL program directory is \\(yourservername\TOTAL Program Share, and run WinTOTAL.exe.  This runs a SafeStart which installs all of the necessary files for the workstation to run TOTAL.

    TOTAL Program Share

  2. Repeat this process on all of your workstations.
Do not use the same installation file (TOTALSetup.exe) that was downloaded to your server to install TOTAL on your workstations.  Doing so will install TOTAL as a stand‑alone version, and it must be completely removed from the workstation if you intend for it to be part of your network.

Using a laptop

You shouldn't install a workstation version of TOTAL on a laptop.  If you do, then anytime the laptop is disconnected from the network, TOTAL won't be able to run.  Instead, a laptop needs a stand‑alone installation.  It won't sync with your network automatically like a workstation does, but you can move reports back and forth manually, either by using Vault or an external storage device like a flash drive.

For a stand‑alone installation guide, click here.  To learn more about Vault and Exact, click here.

As the licensed user, you can install TOTAL on a laptop or other machine off the network for your personal use.  If you have other users who need to install the software on a machine off the network, please call 1‑800‑ALAMODE for options on additional licensing.

If you own Vault, you can use it to quickly pull reports down to your laptop.  Simply upload the appraisals you want to work on to the Vault from your networked desktop, then download them on your laptop.  Click here for instructions on sending reports to Vault, or click here for instructions on retrieving files from Vault on the Web.

If you don't own Vault, the quickest way to move files to your laptop is with a USB flash drive.  Here's how:

  1. With your flash drive plugged in to a workstation (or the server), open TOTAL’s Appraisal Desktop and locate the report you are moving to the laptop.
  2. Now, right-click the report and choose Move or Copy from the menu that appears.

  3. Near the top of the window that appears, choose Move, select the flash drive that you plugged in during step #1, and click OK.

    It is important that you Move the files off of the server rather than Copy them.  This ensures that users on your network don’t modify the same reports while you’re working on them on the laptop.  If that happens, you stand the chance of losing the changes made on one side or the other.

That’s it! The report(s) are now on your flash drive and you’re ready to move them to your laptop.  To move the reports to TOTAL on your laptop, simply follow the same basic steps as above — plug in your flash drive, open TOTAL, then move the reports from the flash drive to TOTAL’s “My Reports” or “Shared Reports” folder.

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