The following are the minimum system requirements for Automation Engine 14.1. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running Automation Engine 14.1 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 - Server
|Minimum System Requirements for Automation Engine 14.1 (Server)|
|Your installation type||Personal||10 clients||20 clients||50 clients|
|Processor type and speed|
2 processor cores
2 processor cores
4 processor cores
8 processor cores
|RAM||8 GB||8 GB||12 GB||20 GB|
As a rule of thumb: 4 GB is considered to be a base memory layer, and 2 GB is to be available per core for regular processing, which makes the absolute minimum to become 8 GB.
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 28 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).
It is also possible to add an Automation Engine configured as Assistant to spread the load of servicing viewing sessions over multiple servers (physical or virtual).
|Additional requirements for Gang Run Printing Module|
Add one processor core and 1 GB 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 2 GB extra RAM are needed.
For a 50 client system on a single physical machine, this would require a 10 processor core machine with 22 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.
|Network||10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol. TCP/IP v6 is not supported.|
|Graphics and video||Minimum 1280 x 1024 screen resolution, true color depth.|
|DVD drive required||yes|
Automation Engine supports virtualization on:
Hardware connections, including dongles, proofers, spectrophotometers and others may work, but are not supported. Customers should verify hardware support through their virtualization support channels.
Please make sure that the database is compatible with the operating system you intend to use.
SQL Server 2005 is not recommended, as support for this version may be stopped as of the next major version of Automation Engine.
All Esko applications running on Windows OS can use data that is available on network shares. For Automation Engine to perform according to expectations, these shares need to be on Windows file servers. We recommend to use Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2 as file server.
As only Windows file servers are supported, Mac OS X or Unix/Linux (CIFS/SMB or NFS) data servers for instance are not supported (including many Network Attached Storage units).
Upgrading from prior versions of Automation Engine
Upgrades of existing Automation Engine 10, 12 or 14 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 version 14.0, Automation Engine 14.1 will not run on Windows Server 2008, as this is not a supported operating system any longer.
Compatibility with HP SmartStream Print Servers
Automation Engine 14.1 is compatible with HP SmartStream IN050/IN100/IN150 Labels and Packaging Print Server 4.0.1 and higher.
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|
|Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter|
|Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials|
|Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation|
|Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Workgroup|
|Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard|
Windows Server 2012
|Windows Server 2012 Standard|
|Windows Server 2012 Datacenter|
|Windows Server 2012 Essentials|
|Windows Server 2012 Foundation|
|Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup|
|Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard|
Windows Server 2008 R2
|Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter|
|Windows Small Business Server 2008|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation|
|Windows Web Server 2008 R2|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 HPC Edition|
Unsupported Operating Systems
- Windows Server 2008 R2 ( without Service Pack 1 ) --> Note : Windows 2008 R2 with SP1 is a supported OS.
- Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
- Windows Server 2003 (all editions)
- Windows 2000 (all editions)
- Windows 10 (all editions)
- Windows 8.1 (all editions)
- Windows 8 (all editions)
- Windows 7 (all editions)
- Windows Vista (all editions)
- Windows XP (all editions)
Automation Engine IT Requirements and FAQS
For further detail, see also the "Automation Engine IT Requirements and FAQS" document available through https://www.esko.com/en/HelpDocuments?language=en-us&productname=automationengine&versionname=14.1&docname=userguide/PDF&filename=AE_IT_Requirements.pdf