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Installing/Configuring the CERF Client 4.5 on Windows

Windows Instructions

  • Before you can use CERF, you must have an active user account name and password. Contact for an account. 
  • If you have local administrative rights on your computer, please follow the instructions below to install CERF.
  • If you DO NOT have Admin rights, or if you are unsure then please contact the IS helpdesk @ 636-4100 for assistance.
  • Download the Windows client.
  • Save the client installer to your desktop.

Installing CERF

  •  Launch CERFClientInstall_4_5b.exe from your desktop.
  •  If you get the following warning, don't panic - simply select "Run":


  • The installer will guide you through the steps.  Simply select next to continue the setup process.





  • Once CERF has been installed, Windows may launch the Program Compatibility Assistant.  Click "This program installed correctly".


  • When CERF runs for the first time - it may need to download some additional components. This is normal.  CERF will restart when the updates are complete.



 Configuring CERF for Production Use

  • Launch CERF from the desktop icon



  • When CERF comes up for the first time - select Edit Servers... from the log in screen:
  • Select "Edit Servers..."  from the bottom center.   Name your server "CERF Production" as we also have a Test Server that you may use for testing.  Enter the server information just as follows:

Server Name:      CERF Production

Server Address:

Server Port:         443

Press "OK"


Configuring CERF for TEST Use

  • To add the test server -  Repeat the above steps and add the following server information:     

Server Name:      Test Server

Server Address:

Server Port:         443

press 'OK"

  •  When you've entered a new server,  you can check to make sure it works.  Press the "Test Connection" button.  If everything is correct - you should see this:



  • Press "OK" and then press "OK" again on the Edit Servers screen.
  • Now, you're ready to log in. 
  • Enter your CCHMC username and password.