It is very easy to test drive DS Server by requesting a trial token to test the functionality witout any downloads. If you want to go this route, please create your DS Server trial token right here:

Trial Token

Trial Download

But in case you would like to test DS Server locally on your machine, you can download a fully-featured trial version. This article explains the easy steps to download, install and setup your local DS Server trial installation.

First, you will need a Text Control account that can be created here:

Download trial

This link opens the download page of DS Server where you are requested to sign in.

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If you don't have a Text Control account, click on Sign up now to get to the express setup. All you need to do is to type in your e-mail address and a preferred, secure password.

After your registration, you can download the trial version by clicking Download:

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Installation using PowerShell

The following steps show how to install DS Server using PowerShell.

  1. Download the ZIP file from the online store ( that contains all the required files for your private DS Server installation.

  2. Create a file named Install-DSServer.ps1, open it using any editor and paste the following content into it:

    # Unzip the application to "C:\DocumentServices"
    Expand-Archive -Path -DestinationPath C:\DocumentServices
    # Install IIS
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName IIS-WebServerRole
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName IIS-WebServer
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName IIS-CommonHttpFeatures
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName IIS-WebSockets
    # Download and install Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013
    Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile vc_redist.x64.exe
    Start-Process "vc_redist.x64.exe" -ArgumentList "/passive" -wait -Passthru
    del vc_redist.x64.exe
    # Download and install Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2015
    Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile vc_redist.x64.exe
    Start-Process "vc_redist.x64.exe" -ArgumentList "/passive" -wait -Passthru
    del vc_redist.x64.exe
    # Install ASP.NET Core Runtime
    # Checksum and direct link from:
    Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile dotnet-hosting-3.1.11-win.exe
    Start-Process "dotnet-hosting-3.1.11-win.exe" -ArgumentList "/passive" -wait -Passthru
    Remove-Item -Force dotnet-hosting-3.1.11-win.exe
    # Create a new IIS ApplicationPool
    $appPoolName = 'DSServer'
    New-WebAppPool $appPoolName
    Import-Module WebAdministration
    $appPool = Get-Item IIS:\AppPools\$appPoolName
    $appPool.managedRuntimeVersion = ''
    $appPool | set-item
    $appPoolName = 'DSServer'
    $appName = 'DocumentServices'
    New-WebApplication -Name $appName -Site 'Default Web Site' -PhysicalPath C:\DocumentServices -ApplicationPool $appPoolName
  3. Open a PowerShell window with explicit Administrator rights and change the directory to the directory where your downloaded ZIP file is located.

  4. Type in the following command to elevate the execution policy:

    Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy ByPass -Scope Process
  5. Execute the Install-DSServer.ps1 script:


Register DS Server

Open a browser and type in the following address into the location bar:


You should be routed to your locally installed DS Server portal. The first time, it will ask you for the default credentials:

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Type in admin as the user name and admin as the password. Make sure to change these credentials after you logged in successfully.

When logged in, you should see the DS Server portal:

DS Server

  1. Click on Licensing to register your trial version.

  2. Open your store account to find the given serial number for your DS Server trial version:

    DS Server

    Copy the shown serial number.

  3. Back in the DS Server portal, paste the serial number into the Serial text box and click Register.

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  4. Now, you should see a registered DS Server similar to following screenshot:

    DS Server

Setup Security Profiles

Now, your DS Server trial version is registered and ready to go. You can now setup security profiles to use it:

Creating Security Profiles

Happy coding!