The following are the minimum system requirements for Automation Engine for HP Indigo 18.1. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running Automation Engine for HP Indigo 18.1 on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.
Please note that this is a tailored version of Automation Engine delivered only by HP Indigo in conjunction with their digital presses.
The Automation Engine for HP Indigo Server must be a dedicated server 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 for HP Indigo 18.1 (Server)
Variable Data Printing Jobs
Variable Data Printing
8 processor cores
4 processor cores
Hard disk controller
Support for RAID 1 and RAID 5
Battery backed write cache (BBWC)
The installation takes up 40 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.
For VDP performance, 15 000 rpm Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) drives are recommended
10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol. TCP/IP version 6 is not supported.
Graphics and video
Minimum 1280 x 1024 screen resolution, true color depth.
Automation Engine for HP Indigo 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.
SQL Server 2012 (Express Edition, Standard Edition, Business Intelligence Edition, Enterprise Edition) Requires Service Pack 4 (11.0.7100.0)
SQL Server 2014 (Express Edition, Standard Edition, Business Intelligence Edition, Enterprise Edition) Requires Service Pack 1 (12.0.4100.0)
SQL Server 2016 (Express Editions, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition) Requires Service Pack 1 (13.0.4001.0)
SQL Server 2017 (Express Editions, Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition)
Only the 64-bit editions of SQL Server are supported.
All Esko applications running on Windows OS can use data that is available on network shares. For Automation Engine for HP Indigo to perform according to expectations, these shares need to be on NTFS volumes on Windows file servers (with no folders enabled for case-sensitive file names). We recommend to use Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 as file server (preferably the same version as for the Automation Engine for HP Indigo 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).
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 for HP Indigo Server on a computer running an unsupported operating system.