The continuous enhancement and improvement of its program features is what distinguishes the BMD NTCS software.
For this reason, you are periodically provided with the latest program patches for your version.
Let us have a look at the structure of the BMD NTCS version number using the example 2022.25.01.06.
2022 = the calendar year of the version in use
.25 = the internal major version number which is incremented by one every year. BMD NTCS is therefore in the 25th year of its development.
.01 = the minor version number, in this case 01, that indicates the calendar week in which this version was initially created.
.06 = the patch number. This consecutive number indicates the changes of the respective minor version.
Only patches can be installed via web update. In order to install a different minor or major version, you need an update medium (DVD, USB flash drive) or alternatively an ISO file.
An HTTP and HTTPS connection to the following addresses must be possible:
If you are using a proxy server, it might be necessary to add this address to the exemption list or to specify the proxy server in BMD NTCS:
Tools → Overview of all Tools parameters → Overall system → General settings → Internet
If you enable "Automatically check for updates" (can be found under Tools → Overview of all Tools parameters → Overall system → BMD NTCS update), BMD NTCS will check whether a newer version is available on our servers when it is started.
You are then asked if you want to download the new version whenever one is available.
This download is stored temporarily in the folder \\<BMDSERVER>\BMDNTCS_PGM\Update\.
When the download is complete, you will see a message asking if you want to install the update now. During installation, the program files are unpacked, backed up and replaced. Finally, the changes are committed to the database.
You can create a new batch under Tools → Administration → Scheduled batches → Define batch.
The batch window consists of 3 sections:
Under Batch you can create a new batch (F5 or right-click – New):
After saving the created batch, the window for batch steps opens.
Click on "OK" and "Save". Now the creation of the batch is complete.
This function allows you to run batches manually (not automatically at a set time). When you call a batch, it is run on the respective PC (not on the server).
Since the batch is always completed, this operation can take from a few minutes to up to an hour.
Under Batch variables, you can manually define variables for the batch. Variables are used when different values apply to a batch parameter.
Variables that are indicated as "Internal" only apply to macros.
Planned execution allows you to schedule the automatic execution of defined batches at certain points in time.
(Tools → Administration → Scheduled batches → Planned execution)
The overview shows all of the created batches with a planned execution. Create a new task (batch) by pressing F5 or clicking on the button "New".
The next batch to be run is automatically added to Windows Scheduler once. After execution of the batch, the next one is passed from the SOAP service to Windows Scheduler. Thus, the task will no longer be run by the SOAP service but always be passed to Windows Scheduler and is run by Windows through an external call command at a set time.
In the bottom right part of the window, you determine the interval (e.g. daily, weekly, etc.) at which the batch is to be run (see section 3.1.).
The function "Run now on server" allows for a trial. The batch is run on the server, which can be useful to check the assigned authorisations, etc.