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Updates 4/11/07

SOS has two types of updates: Application and Curriculum. The auto update service now alerts you about both rather than just application updates as it has been in previous. The 2005 version of SOS did not have any application updates and so far the 2006 version has not had any either. There have been many curriculum updates. For information on revisions, read below.

If you are having trouble accessing the Auto Update Service, make sure 'sosauc.exe' (the name of the auto update program) is not being blocked by your firewall. Try disabling it to see if SOS can connect. If it can, make sure the SOS update program is not being blocked or turn off the firewall each time you want to check for updates. If you have a firewall besides the Windows Firewall, you will need to contact the make of the firewall for the steps for making sure the program 'sosauc.exe' is not blocked. To check if it being blocked by the Windows Firewall, do the following:

For Windows Vista
1. Click on the Start button then open Control Panel
2. Select Windows Firewall. Check to see if it is set to Auto.
3. If it is, Click on 'Allow a program through Windows Firewall'. This shows all applications that are Allowed or Denied.
4. Make sure the program 'sosauc.exe' and the URL, http://www.aop.com/webservices/sosupdate/versionchecker.asmx, are not blocked. If you also see these programs blocked, remove them too: sqlmangr.exe SOSTeacher.exe, SOSStudent.exe, SOSHStudentapp.exe and SOSHApp.exe.
5. Click OK to close Windows Firewall settings.

For Windows XP
1. Click on the Start button then open Control Panel
2. If it says "Pick a Category" click "Classic View" on the left side of the window then double-click on Windows Firewall. Check to see if it is set to On.
3. If it is, Click on View or change Settings.  This shows all applications that are Allowed or Denied
4. Make sure the program 'sosauc.exe' and the URL, http://www.aop.com/webservices/sosupdate/versionchecker.asmx, are not blocked. If you also see these programs blocked, remove them too: sqlmangr.exe SOSTeacher.exe, SOSStudent.exe, SOSHStudentapp.exe and SOSHApp.exe.
5. Click OK to close Windows Firewall settings.

Revisions 7/13/07

When errors are discovered in the curriculum, periodically revisions are released to correct them. The Revisions contain the data necessary to update lessons, quizzes or tests that contain errors. The Revision files install in the same way as the Curriculum disks. If you have the Auto Update Service turned on, you should be notified when they are released. 

(If the computer needing the revisions is not connected to the Internet, you’ll need go to a computer that can access the Internet to burn the revision files to a CD disk, or copy them to a USB Flash drive so you can get them to the computer that needs them)


DOWNLOADING REVISIONS

1. Click on the following link: http://www.aop.com/sos/Support_Updates.php
You will need to sign up to gain access to the patches and revisions. In the e-mail that will be sent to you, click on the link to access the patches and revisions.

Note: You should download and install all of the revisions for the particular year you have (they are NOT cumulative).

2. Once you are there, click on the revision you want to download. After you click on it a window will pop up called File Download.
3. Once it opens, click on Save and then a window will open that says "Save As" window.
4. On the left hand side click on the icon called Desktop then click on the Save button. Once it is done downloading, the file will appear on your desktop.

EXTRACTING REVISIONS
1. Double-click the SOS Revision file you have downloaded. If you get an "Unknown Publisher" warning, click on the "Run" button (a window called WinZip Self-Extractor will appear).
2. Click on the "Unzip" button (This will unzip all files it contains to folder C:\Revision).
3. When the "unzipped successfully" box appears, click on the "OK" button. Then click the "Close" button on the "WinZip self-Extractor" window.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until you have extract all of the revision files which you downloaded.

INSTALLING REVISIONS
Each revision will need to be installed into SOS. The following install should be done for each update file:
1. Remove any Curriculum CDs from your computer.
2. Double-click on the SOS Teacher icon.
3. Click on the Administration button then click on the "Curriculum Setup" tab.
4. Click on the "Install" button.
5. Browse to C:\Revision and locate the Revision.sosd file in its respective folder (Example: C:\Revision\SOS 2.0 Revision 1).
7. Double-click on the Revision.sosd file to install. You will be returned to the SOS Curriculum setup screen after the revision has been installed.
8. Repeat steps 5 through 8 if you need to install further revisions.

*If you have the 2005 version of SOS or earlier, please write down what revisions were installed and the date on which they were installed for your reference. The 2006 and newer versions of SOS have a folder in Curriculum Setup called Revisions that has a list of the material currently updated by the revisions.

Note: The revisions do not apply to lessons that have been completed or have been opened. To have it apply to those, you would have to clear the lesson but this will delete all of the students work.

REPORTING ERRORS NOT COVERED BY REVISIONS
If the error/problem does not go away after you apply the revisions double check:
1. Verify it is an error.
2. Make sure it was not already covered by a previous curriculum revision. (go to the revisions page and click on "FIXNOW Documentation" above the revision links to view the assignments covered by the revisions)
3. If you have verified it is an error and was not covered by previous revisions go to http://www.aop.com/sos/Support_IssueReporting.php and submit it there.

If it wasn't corrected by the current revisions, the best temporary solution is to change the grade. To change the grade, open SOS Teacher,
1. Click on the Lesson Book button.
2. Select the student whose curriculum you want to edit from the upper right corner.
3. Under "Student" select the subject then unit that has the lesson you want to regrade
4. Next double-click the lesson on the right side and change the grade.

 

 

 

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