Installation Manual

On this page, you'll learn:

  • How to install the MSP Challenge client for Windows 10
  • How to install the MSP Challenge client for macOS
  • How to install the full MSP Challenge Simulation Platform for Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016/2019

Client-only installation instructions

This is useful if you only want to quickly try out MSP Challenge, or if you are an end user getting ready to join an MSP Challenge session. This is because you will only install the client application, i.e., the application that end users use. After installation you can log on to one of our demo servers. Note that this is suitable for demonstration purposes only (so not full-on sessions) as the demo servers are accessible to anyone anywhere in the world and reset themselves daily.

Instructions for Windows 10

You have two options:

  1. Download the ZIP file from the Download page, unpack the MSP Challenge folder contained in it to a location of your choice (e.g. the Documents folder or the Desktop), open that folder, and run msp.exe. If you like, you can create a Shortcut to msp.exe and put it on your Desktop or your Start Menu.
  2. Or download the latest client-only installer from the Download page and run it. Depending on your Windows 10 security settings, you might get a blue Windows Defender SmartScreen notice. If you do, you'll have to click on More Info, check the box (if present) to indicate you want to continue, and click on Run Anyway. You'll be presented with an installation wizard. Just follow the steps. The installer will add a shortcut to your Start menu, and optionally one on your Desktop (depending on whether you selected that option during installation).

If you are upgrading to any newer version, we advise you to uninstall the older version first (go to Settings > Apps, and scroll down the list to find MSP Challenge and click Uninstall).

Instructions for macOS

Simply download the latest client-only ZIP from the Download page, and allow macOS to unpack it first. If you like, you can then drag the MSP Challenge app over to Applications and/or your Dock.

Opening MSP Challenge the very first time is a little tricky. You'll have to do it from the Finder. First press and hold the Control key, then click on MSP Challenge and select Open. You will get a warning that won't allow you to continue. If so, then close the warning, and again hold the Control key, click on MSP Challenge and select Open. Yes, you might have to do the exact same thing twice. The second time you should definitely get the option to Open the file regardless of the warning. The default security settings of macOS will not allow you to start MSP Challenge any other way the first time.

Next time you can just click on it to open it from your Dock or Applications as you would normally do. All of the above will no longer be necessary, thankfully.

Full platform installation instructions

Only install the full platform if you intend to turn your computer into a server, i.e., a computer open to participants with the client to connect to, thus a computer open to outside connections. The full platform is Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016/2019 only. Just download the full-platform installer from the Download page and run it.

Depending on your Windows security settings, you might get a blue Windows Defender SmartScreen notice. If you do, you'll have to click on More Info, check the box (if present) to indicate you want to continue, and click on Run Anyway.

You'll be presented with an installation wizard. Just follow the steps. The installer will add the following shortcuts to your Start menu, and optionally on your Desktop (depending on whether you selected that option during installation):

The server-side of MSP Challenge functions as a web application. The full platform therefore also installs and configures XAMPP, specifically a bundle of Apache2 web server, MariaDB database server and PHP7. It sets up a random root password for your MariaDB root user. Finally, it schedules a reoccurring task in the Windows Task Scheduler.