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CWS/CMS Bulletin - Release 7.0 Information (60 Day Reminder)

Date: 9/24/2013
Title: Release 7.0 Information (60 Day Reminder)
What is Impacted: The CWS/CMS Application
Describe Impact:

CWS/CMS Release 7.0 will go into production on November 23, 2013.

It’s important to note that Release 7.0 is a “dual-mode” release and will run on both Windows XP and Windows 7. Counties are expected to be running Windows XP on the day of release. County migration to Windows 7 Professional should not begin any earlier than 12/09/2013. This will allow for selected transitional counties to pilot the migration process.

The CWS/CMS Application Release Notes 7.0 can be located behind County Logon:
The following information is posted on the CWS/CMS website behind County Logon> Code Release Secure Site> Code Release 7.0:

  • R7.0 County Test Workshop/User Acceptance (CTW/UAT)
    CTW R7.0 - Incident Status Report
  • Release Notes 7.0
    CWS/CMS Application Release Notes 7.0 (Word)
    CWS/CMS Application Release Notes 7.0 (PDF)

There are no database changes for this release.
The new version of xTools is located on the CWS/CMS website under the County Info tab>County Logon>Applications>xTools.


Full install package:
The CWS/CMS application will be delivered via a full installation package, as opposed to the incremental updates previously used for interim/minor releases.  Most users will see the installation process on Windows XP workstations as described in the Installing CWS/CMS Releases on Your PC – A Guide for End Users located at CWS/CMS>Guides>Code Release Install Guides.  (This guide does not apply to Windows 7 workstations, or even to Windows XP workstations in some Coexistent counties, where the application is delivered in a way that doesn’t expose the installation process visibly to the user.

The first Windows logon may be slower than usual:
In dedicated counties, as well as many coexistent counties, the large installation package is copied from the server to the workstation during Windows log on, before installation.  Users should be aware that this file transfer can take a long time, particularly in remote sites. They should not abort the login process.  If they do abort the process, they will receive the following error message when attempting to install the new release:
“It appears that this workstation does not have the current installer file.  Please restart your workstation, and allow the login script to run completely.” 

Server Based Computing Service Users (SBCS):
SBCS will be updated to Release 7.0 and MS Office 2007.


Coexistent county responsibilities:
  • Install prerequisite packages
    In preparation for Release 7.0, Co-Existent counties must install two prerequisite packages on existing Windows XP workstations before Release 7.0 goes into Production; no later than November 1, 2013.  Both packages are compatible with Release 6.8.1 so in order to avoid disruption in service counties should start installing these packages at their earliest convenience.  Installation for both packages requires administrative access to the workstation.  These packages are:
  • Microsoft Service Pack 6 for Visual Basic 6.0 Run-Time Redistribution Pack (vbrun60sp6.exe)
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable package (vcredist_x86.exe)

The installation files can be downloaded here:

  • VB6 package location: \CODEDIST\WinXP_Redist\VB6\
  • C++ package location: \CODEDIST\WinXP_Redist\CPlus2008\

Counties must notify CWS/CMS Customer Relations via e-mail no later than 11/1/13 once both packages are installed successfully.

**This information is also available in the CWS/CMS Communication Update dated 9/11/2013.

  • Consider Windows privileges.
    The CWS/CMS installer requires elevated Windows privileges (power user or workstation administrator).  If a county chooses to limit the Windows privileges of its users, then that county needs advanced planning to customize its installation process and deal with the reduced privilege level. (This planning will be especially critical for Windows 7 workstations because the reduced privilege level will be typical.)
  • Sync county server with CWS/CMS server meticulously.
    Some coexistent counties deliver CWS/CWS releases (both major and minor) from their own servers.  These counties must be sure to replicate the necessary folders from the CWS/CMS server — including file deletions — to avoid down-leveling their workstations.
    Failure to mirror the deletions can necessitate a countywide reinstallation effort.
  • Post-release refresh of base code tables.
    Since this is a major release, the CWS code tables will be refreshed.  As long as users are logging into the CWS application regularly, this code table refresh will not impact counties.  This will impact newly imaged machines that will receive the newer code table.

    The new code tables need to be replicated to county servers.  Counties should already have a process in place that updates county workstations from county servers.  These files are to be delivered to the workstations only if the code tables are newer than what the workstations already have.

When: November 23, 2013
Start Time: TBD
End Time: TBD
Duration: TBD

Who is Impacted: All CWS/CMS Users
Why: R7.0 New code delivery

Contact Name: Ken Hamilton
Contact Email: ken.hamilton@osi.ca.gov
Contact Phone: (916) 263-1492