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Category: Tips and Tricks

We offer our web based room scheduling software for download and use on your own web server, or alternatively if you don’t have access to a web server that meets our Minimum System Requirements, we can instead “Remotely Host” MIDAS for you at

Today we’ve released a new tool to help you determine whether your web server is capable of running MIDAS. Our “Server Readiness” tool is a small Perl script which can be uploaded to your server, and then accessed through your web browser. This tool will then perform a series of tests on your server and alert you to any potential issues that may prevent your from installing and/or running MIDAS on your server. If issues are detected, the “Server Readiness” tool will offer helpful insights into how each issue may be addressed!

The Server Readiness script checks over 10 different parameters to ensure that you have the correct Perl modules installed on your server, no conflicting extensions are present, scripts can read/write to your server, there is enough free space remaining on your disk quota, and that your server is able to establish a connection to the internet.

Test your server configuration

The above is a screenshot of the “Server Readiness” tool finding no issues with a server

Check your server configuration

The above is a screenshot of the “Server Readiness” tool finding an issue with the server’s configuration, and offering a solution to fix the problem

How to use this tool:
1) Download the script
2) Upload it to your server at the location where you plan on installing MIDAS
3) Grant the script “execute” permission i.e. CHMOD 755 (if applicable to your server)
4) If the location where Perl is located on your server isn’t “/usr/bin/perl” you may need to edit the first line of the file to reflect the correct location
5) Access the file via its corresponding URL in your web browser and follow the on-screen instructions

UPDATE 18th May 2012:
We’ve just updated our Server Readiness tool in advance of the upcoming release of MIDAS v4 so you can ensure that your server is ready for this major update!

New Tool: Import Client Data into MIDAS

One of the things we frequently get asked by our customers is; “Is there a way to import my existing data into MIDAS?”. Well, we’ve listened to you, and have now released an easy-to-use import tool to allow you to do just that!

Using our free import tool, you can import client data into MIDAS v3.00 or later, that is either in a .csv (Comma Separated Values), or a .txt (Tab, or other character, Delimited) file format.

This means that provided your 3rd party application allows you to export client/contact data in one of these formats, you can easily import it directly into MIDAS!

You can also use our import tool to import data directly from a spreadsheet application, such as Microsoft’s Excel!

We’ve even given you the option to replace, or simply add to your existing client data when importing new data!

Here’s a few screenshots of the new import tool:

Step 1 - Select data to import
Step 2 - Import settings
Step 3 - Import data

For further information, and to download our free import tool, please see the following Knowledge Base Article:
How do I import client data from another application into MIDAS?