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The following are the minimum system requirements for Automation Engine 14.0. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running Automation Engine 14.0 on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.

The Automation Engine Server and any Assistant(s) server must be dedicated servers on which no other software (including other Esko applications such as FlexRip or FlexProof) is running.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum System Requirements for Automation Engine 14.0 (Server)
Your installation typePersonal10 clients20 clients50 clients
Processor type and speed

2 processor cores

(x86-32 or x86-64 compatible)

2 processor cores

(x86-32 or x86-64 compatible)

4 processor cores

(x86-32 or x86-64 compatible)

8 processor cores

(x86-32 or x86-64 compatible)


For more information about memory limitations in Windows operating systems, please consult this table.

Additional requirements for Viewing and QA Module

For every two simultaneous viewing sessions, add one processor core and 2 GB RAM. Do not configure more than 24 simultaneous viewing sessions per Automation Engine master server.

Viewing sessions that view unprepared files or go into deep zoom mode require the additional hardware resources listed above. On average between 10% and 25% of the clients connected to a server fall into this category, and these are the ones that should be taken into account.


To give your Automation Engine with 50 clients system viewing capabilities on unprepared files, you should add additional hardware resources for viewing. If you expect 8 simultaneous viewing sessions (8 single file sessions or 4 compare sessions), add an additional 4 processor cores and 8 GB RAM to the standard requirements.

For a 50 client system on a single physical machine, this would require a 12 processor core machine with 24 GB of RAM. Note that it is also possible to add an Automation Engine configured as Assistant to spread the load of processing and viewing over multiple servers (physical or virtual).

Additional requirements for Gang Run Printing Module

Add 1 processor core and 500 MB RAM per Gang Run Printing session configured and in use.


To add Gang Run Printing capabilities to a 50 client system, you should add additional hardware resources for concurrent Gang Run Printing. To enable 2 Gang Run Printing sessions for instance to perform automated nesting calculations in this case, 2 additional processor cores and 1 GB extra RAM are needed.

For a 50 client system on a single physical machine, this would require a 10 processor core machine with 17 GB of RAM.

It is also possible to add an Automation Engine configured as Assistant to spread the load of processing and nesting calculations over multiple servers (physical or virtual).

Knowing the exact customer situation and Gang Run Printing requirements (e.g.: number of substrates) helps in more accurately determining the additional hardware resources needed for nesting.

Hard disk

  • The installation takes up 25 GB of disk space. 
  • An NTFS volume is required.
  • Take into account the need for storage of temporary and production data.
  • A back-up solution is strongly advised.
Network10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol. TCP/IP v6 is not supported.
Graphics and videoMinimum 1280 x 1024 screen resolution, true color depth.
DVD drive requiredyes

Automation Engine supports virtualization on:

  • VMware ESX version 4, 4.1, 5, 5.1 and 5.5
  • Microsoft Hyper-V

Hardware connections, including dongles, proofers, spectrophotometers and others may work, but are not supported. Customers should verify hardware support through their virtualization support channels.

  • SQL Server 2005 (Express Edition, Workgroup Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition)
  • SQL Server 2008 and SQL server 2008 R2 (Express Edition, Workgroup Edition, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition)
  • SQL Server 2012 (Express Edition, Standard Edition, Business Intelligence Edition, Enterprise Edition)

Please make sure that the database is compatible with the operating system you intend to use.

File servers

All Esko applications running on Windows OS can use data that is available on network shares. These shares need to be on Windows or Unix/Linux (SMB) file servers. We recommend to use Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 as file server.

Mac OS X (version 10.5.x; 10.6.x, 10.7.x, 10.8.x, 10.9.x, 10.10.x) data servers are not supported.

Upgrading from  prior versions of Automation Engine

Upgrades of existing Automation Engine 10 or 12 environments should run on existing hardware with comparable performance for the same functionality. However, the hardware requirements as for new installations should be encouraged for optimum performance.

In contrast to versions 10 or 12, Automation Engine 14 will not run on Windows Server 2003, as this is not a supported operating system any longer.

Supported Operating Systems

Recommended operating systems are highlighted in the tables below.

If an operating system is not listed in the tables below, it is not supported. Do not try to install Automation Engine Server on a computer running an unsupported operating system.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials(error)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard (error)

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2012 Essentials(error)
Windows Server 2012 Foundation(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup(error)
Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard (error)

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(tick)(tick)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise(tick)(tick)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter(tick)(tick)
Windows Small Business Server 2008(error)(error)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation(error)(error)
Windows Web Server 2008 R2(error)(error)
Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition(error)(error)

Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 Standard(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter(tick)(tick)(tick)(tick)
Windows Small Business Server 2008(error)(error)(error)(error)
Windows Web Server 2008(error)(error)(error)(error)
Windows Server 2008 HPC Edition(error)(error)(error)(error)

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
  • Windows 2000 (all editions)
  • Windows 8 (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows XP (all editions)



Automation Engine IT requirement document




System Requirements
Applies to

Automation Engine Server

Version14.0 & 14.0.1
Last revised 19-Mar-2015

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Software installation: Automation Engine 14.0 installation guide