This category contains pages that are technical in nature. If you have recently purchased PARS, then you should go to the Configuration section, below. The technical pages are described in brief, with a link to a wiki page that goes into more detail about each feature.
- 1 Configuration
- 1.1 Installing PARS
- 1.2 Post-installation configuration
- 1.3 Updating PARS version
- 1.4 Updating PARS from an old version
- 1.5 Allowing PARS to communicate with the internet
- 1.6 Notes for the beginning of the academic year
- 1.7 Automation
- 1.8 Import Gmail Calendars
- 1.9 Executing SQL statements via PARS
- 1.10 The PARS fire module
- 1.11 Error messages
- 1.12 Technical reports
- 1.13 Configuration performed in SIMS
- 1.14 Other
- 2 Information pages
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions
If you have recently purchased PARS, the first thing to do is intall it. Follow our Installing PARS Connect guide for this.
You should then read the getting started page. This gives an overview of what should be done before users begin logging in to the system.
Updating PARS version
We regularly release new versions of PARS with new features and tweaks requested by customers. To update PARS to a new version, you will need to run a service pack, which can be downloaded from our website.
Updating PARS from an old version
If you want to update PARS from a version older than 5.650 then you should read the updating from version 5.649 or earlier page.
Allowing PARS to communicate with the internet
You will need to configure the proxy server in order for PARS to communicate with other websites. This is important for your licencing and for sending emails or SMS messages through PARS.
Notes for the beginning of the academic year
You may need to do some configuration at the beginning of each academic year. See our preparing for September page for considerations you should make before pupils arrive in September.
The automation module should be configured as it performs various important housekeeping jobs for PARS. Follow the link to be taken to the automation category.
Import Gmail Calendars
Each user can see their calendar events from gmail in PARS. The configuration needed to achieve this is listed on the import gmail calendar page.
Executing SQL statements via PARS
If our technical team have provided you with an SQL statement and password, you can execute the statement via the repair console. This is rarely needed.
The PARS fire module
The fire module can be used to keep a record of up-to-date attendance data for use in case of a fire. If you plan to do this, you should read the fire module page as there are important considerations to make regarding hardware.
If you are any other users have encountered an error message in PARS, it will be logged in the helpdesk tickets feature in PARS.
You can also access a number of management reports which will show some technical information such as table speed tests, login times and attachment reports.
Configuration performed in SIMS
Applying the academic timetable
Applying the academic timetable is a job that will need to be done in SIMS, not PARS.
Taking AM or PM marks from lessons
Many schools take pupils' PM mark from a lesson, e.g. the PM mark comes from lesson 5. You must set this up in SIMS - see Frequently Asked Questions for instructions.
Contacting TASC via email
If you have any queries or need any support using PARS, you can contact us via our Online Helpdesk.
If you are changing to a new server, you should read our server migration page for instructions about moving your database.
The connect.ini file is an important SIMS file that is used by both SIMS and PARS.
the SIMS.ini, like the connect.ini is an important file used by both PARS and SIMS.
Some members of staff may need to send us an OUTPUT.XML file which is generated by PARS and stored in a local TEMP folder.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may also find some technical issues on our FAQ.
Pages in category ‘Technical’
The following 24 pages are in this category, out of 24 total.