Install Genesis R&D Foods (versions 11.4 and newer) for the first time?

Use this guide if you are installing for the first time, whether it is on a brand new computer or just a fresh install.

Important Notes:

  • Occasionally the installer will need a restart to finish, please ensure your machine will be able to be restarted if necessary.
  • If upgrading from an existing installation, see this guide.
  • If installing with DataLink see this guide.
  • If you are running Genesis R&D on a 32-Bit operating system please contact support for an alternative installer.
  • We recommend that you right-click "Run As Administrator" to install properly.
If this is to be a stand-alone install (on a single computer with an unshared database), follow the 'Typical' path below. If this is for a multi-user environment, or you wish to put the database on a server or another shared location, follow the 'Custom' path below.


Note: When the installation starts, you may be met with a small black window. Don’t be alarmed. This is normal and usually runs in the background. The installer should launch within a minute or two.

  1. Download and launch the installer. You will have received an email on accessing this.
  2. Accept Terms to License Agreement and Select Install Location (Default is C:\Program Files (x86)\ESHA Research\GenesisSQL)
  3. Click Next
  4. Enter in Customer Number and Serial Key (Green Checkmark will Appear)
  5. Click Next 
  6. Choose which type of install you want to do:
  • Typical: Stand Alone Install (Single Computer Non-Shared Database)
  • Custom: Shared Install (Option for Host Install or Client Install) (more information below)

For a Typical Installation, the standalone database will be named (localdb)\v11.0

Typical Installation Steps

  1. Click Next. You will see a Summary Page
  2. Click Next
  3. Click Finish

Custom Installation Steps

Use this for a first-time setup to create a shared database with SQL Express.

NOTE: You may need to allow Exceptions in Windows Firewall to allow remote connectivity

  1. Choose the Custom install Option and Click Next
  2. Next to Genesis R&D click the arrow to expand options
  3. Select the Product dropdown and choose which options you wish to install:
  4. SQL Server Express 2014 (For Database Host Shared Installs)
  5. Genesis R&D Client (optional on the server)
  6. After option(s) are selected Click Next
  7. Review the Summary page
  8. Click Install

NOTE: to grant access to multiple users, you will need to explicitly add their Active Directory logins (or an AD Group) to the database.  To do so, you may use ESHA's Database Utility or SQL Server Management Studio


Installing Genesis R&D to connect to the existing shared database

Please note the logged-in user performing the installation must be granted access to the database to complete the connection tests. To do so, you may use ESHA's Database Utility, or SQL Server Management Studio

  1. Choose the Custom install Option and Click Next
  2. Next to Genesis R&D click the arrow to expand options
  3. Select the Genesis R&D Client only
  4. Click Next
  5. Enter the existing SQL Server Name, select the authentication method, choose the database (typically 'gendata'), and complete the connection tests.

NOTE: If you set up the shared database using ESHA's installer for SQL Server (above), the Server Name will be the server's name\ESHA (e.g. CORPSERVER\ESHA).


  1. After option(s) are selected Click Next
  2. Review the Summary page
  3. Click Install
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