|Release Notes||October 2012|
MKS Toolkit 9.5
MKS Toolkit is the leader in UNIX to Window scripting, connectivity, and application migration. Enhancements found in the 9.5 release include support for the release version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 and updated operating system compatibility.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Support
MKS Toolkit 9.5 is compatible with the final release versions of Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 and Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Express (also known as Visual C++ 11.0 Express).
An updated version of the UNIX to Windows Porting Guide with instructions on using the Visual Studio 2012 and Visual C++ 2012 Express IDEs has been included with MKS Toolkit 9.5.
Full Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Compatibility
MKS Toolkit 9.5 is the official MKS Toolkit release for compatibility with Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows Server 2012.
Updated Secure Shell Utilities
The Secure Shell utilities (
Updated openssh/openssl in NuTCRACKER Platform
The MKS Toolkit 9.5 version of the NuTCRACKER Platform now features updated versions of the openssh and openssl libraries. OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.0p1. OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.1c.
Updated MKS X/Server
MKS Toolkit for Interoperability and MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers now include MKS X/Server 8.6. See the MKS X/Server 8.6 Release Notes for more information.
MKS LEX & YACC
MKS Toolkit for Developers and MKS Toolkit for Interoperability now include the former standalone MKS LEX & YACC product. MKS LEX & YACC has been updated to include compatibility with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, 2010, and 2012. It has also been updated to include compatibility with all operating systems supported by MKS Toolkit.
MKS Toolkit for Professional Developers and MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers
continue to include the same UNIX-compatible versions of
New Features in Previous Releases
Hardware and Software Requirements
MKS Toolkit products do not have any particular hardware requirements. Any machine that is sufficient to run the underlying operating system is sufficient. All MKS Toolkit products run on Windows systems with Intel 32-bit, Itanium (IA64), or Extended Architecture 64-bit (x64) processors.
MKS Toolkit products have the following software requirements:
Installing MKS Toolkit
If you have MKS Toolkit 7.5 or earlier, or if you have a previous version of MKS NuTCRACKER Professional, we recommend that you uninstall it, or install MKS Toolkit 9.5 on another machine.
When installing on a machine with SCO XVision Eclipse installed, you should uninstall it before installing MKS Toolkit 9.5.
Note: If you have MKS Toolkit for Interoperability or MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers installed on a Japanese machine and uninstall XVision Eclipse, MKS X/Server is not installed with a standard English license for these products. Contact Customer Support to request the proper license.
When installing MKS Toolkit on a 64-bit machine, you must first uninstall any previously installed MKS Toolkit releases (version 8.6 and earlier).
When installing MKS Toolkit for Enterprise Developers 64-bit Edition on any platform, you must first uninstall any existing MKS Toolkit installation.
When installing MKS Toolkit, you must install from an account with local or domain administrator privileges. You do not need to be an Administrator, but your login ID must be a member of the local or domain Windows Administrators group before you can install.
All MKS Toolkit products share a common installer. If you are installing from a CD, insert the MKS Toolkit distribution CD; the installer should start automatically. If you are installing from an electronic distribution, run the self-extracting installer.
To install MKS Toolkit, click the Install Toolkit button and follow the instructions on the dialogs that appear.
Note: You should turn off all virus protection software before installing MKS Toolkit. Such software can sometimes cause the installation to be interrupted and rolled back. Once you have installed MKS Toolkit, you can turn virus protection back on.
For step-by-step installation instructions and an installation FAQ, see http://www.mkssoftware.com/support/install.asp.
For step-by-step installation instructions and information on administrative and silent installations for MKS Toolkit see http://www.mkssoftware.com/support/install.asp.
Additional Components on the MKS Toolkit CD
The MKS Toolkit CD also includes several items that are not installed as part of the normal installation procedure. These are:
Uninstalling MKS Toolkit
Uninstalling MKS Toolkit 8.x or 9.x
To uninstall MKS Toolkit, use the following procedure:
You must reboot your system before reinstalling MKS Toolkit.
Uninstalling Previous Versions of MKS Toolkit
To uninstall a 7.x version of MKS Toolkit, run the
Alternatively, you can uninstall the components manually with the following procedure:
You must reboot your system before reinstalling MKS Toolkit.
Activating MKS Toolkit
MKS Toolkit version 9.5 is copy protected and requires activation against the MKS Activation Server (located at http://www.mkssoftware.com) to operate. The software is node fixed (that is, it is attached to a single computer system) and user counted (the Named Authenticated Users must be specified and are enforced). This activation takes place after installation, so you need to plan your product rollout so you do not find yourself with unactivated software on users' machines.
Further information about MKS Toolkit 9.5 activation and the information which is sent to and stored on MKS computers can be found here: http://www.mkssoftware.com/docs/activation.
You can view the MKS Product Activation FAQ at http://www.mkssoftware.com/support/kb/activation.
For questions related to sales issues, please e-mail: email@example.com.
For questions related to support issues, please email: MKSToolkitSupport@ptc.com.
We at MKS sincerely value and appreciate your business and want to do everything we can to ensure a successful implementation of our MKS products.
The following known issues exist in MKS Toolkit 9.5:
When reporting a problem, you will need certain information about your product, which you can find on the Support Information tab of the MKS Toolkit Control Panel Applet.
Contact MKS Toolkit customer support at:
Additional MKS Toolkit Resources
There are several other sources for additional information about our MKS Toolkit products.
We have general product information, including technical specifications, detailed utility listings, and datasheets at:
We offer a resource kit including example scripts, additional utilities, more tutorials, and a wide variety of other useful information at:
We have several additional articles, tutorials, and white papers about using features of the MKS Toolkit at:
Through the years, we have accumulated a lot of technical details about the MKS Toolkit products and have put this information in a searchable database at:
Our customers commonly ask certain questions. These questions and their answers are in our Frequently Asked Questions pages at:
Known installation issues are listed at:
Several problems were fixed in MKS Toolkit 9.5. These are listed at:
Fixed Problems in Previous Releases
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