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AspenPlus Installation on Individual Computers

Department of Chemical Engineering Texas Tech University.

AspenPLUS 7.1 runs on Windows XP (SP3) and Windows Vista

1. Obtain the AspenONE 7.1 DVD installation package from one of the Department IT specialists ( or ).

a. Bring a blank DVD to the specialist and let him provide you a pre-burned copy of the software in return.

2. Insert the disk into your computer’s DVD drive. It should start the installation process


3. After the AspenTech Installation browser loads up, a pop-up will appear. Select “Next”.

4. Select “None” for the license configuration type.

5. Return to the browser and select the “Install by Product” tab.

6. Select “DVD 6”

7. Click “Install”.

a. A bit of time will transpire, then the AspenTech Installer will appear.

8. Click “Next”, then select “Yes”.

9. Select “Standard Install”.

10. Choose the product “Process Modeling(Aspen Plus)”. Single click the small arrow and select the second option “This feature, and all subfeatures……”.

11. Click “Next” on the next two screens.

12. A window should pop up asking to choose compilers for Aspen Properties, click “Next.”

13. The next window will ask for username, password and domain, leave the fields blank and check the box that says “Skip username/password validation”, then select “Next.”

14. Click “Install.”

a. This step will take some time. First, the Microsoft SQL Server will be installed, the AspenPLUS.

b. The installer may ask you to restart after the SQL server is installed but before AspenPLUS is installed.

c. In this case restart your computer. You must then begin the installation process (starting with step 2) again. This time the installer will detect an installed SQL server, and ask you for logon credentials. There is no need to enter any information; you can simply press OK.

15. After the installation is complete you will be returned to Windows. Go to “Start”, “Programs”, “AspenTech”, “Common Utilities”, then “SLM Configuration Wizard”.

16. Click “Next” on the pop-up window that appears.

17. In the “Server” field, type “” and click “Add”.

18. Highlight “default” under “Server Buckets”, and click “Next”.

19. Click “Next” on all succeeding windows until you come to one which gives the “Finish”


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a. Note: your computer must be able to “see” the Chemical Engineering license server (IP address= in order for AspenPLUS to run. The license supports 50 simultaneous users, regardless of location.

b. If you connect to TTUnet on campus, either wirelessly or with a wired connection, your computer will automatically find the server.

c. If you connect from off-campus through a third-party Internet Service Provider, you must set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN), so that you can tunnel through the TTU firewall.

d. Setting up a VPN only requires your Eraider username and password. The details on

setting up a VPN to TTUnet are given on the Information Technology website at You are now ready to run AspenPLUS on your personal computer. 20. From Windows, go to “Start”, “Programs”, “AspenTech”, “Aspen Engineering Suite”, “AspenPlus 2006”, then “AspenPlus User Interface”. 21. The first time you run the software, you must register as an academic user. 22. You will be see the Aspen Start up window, which gives you the options of opening a blank simulation, a template, an existing simulation, etc. Select one option and click “OK”.

23. You can now run your simulation.