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The following are the minimum system requirements for Device Manager 18.1. Exceeding these requirements will in most cases lead to a performance increase. Running Device Manager on a system that does not meet these requirements is not supported.

Minimum Requirements - Client Applications

Minimum requirements - Server

Minimum System Requirements for Device Manager 18.1
Processor type and speed

x86-64 compatible dual-core processor

RAM

12 GB minimum

Available hard drive space

  • 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
Graphics card and videoMinimum 1280 x 1024 screen resolution, true color depth.
Network connection10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet, TCP/IP v4 protocol. TCP/IP version 6 is not supported.
Virtualization

Device Manager supports virtualization on:

  • VMware® ESX
  • 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.

Databases
  • 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)

Please make sure the database is compatible with the operating system you intend to use. Also make sure to honor the SQL Server system requirements.
See the Microsoft documentation on Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server for more details.

File servers

All Esko applications running on Windows OS can use data that is available on network shares. For Device Manager 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 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 as file server (preferably the same version as for the Automation Engine 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 green in the tables below.

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

Windows 10

Edition64-bit
Windows 10 Home(error)
Windows 10 Pro(tick)
Windows 10 Enterprise(tick)

Windows Server 2019

Edition64-bit
Windows Server 2019 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2019 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2019 Essentials(error)

Windows Server 2016

Edition64-bit
Windows Server 2016 Standard(tick)
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter(tick)
Windows Server 2016 Essentials(error)
Windows Storage Server 2016(error)

Windows Server 2012 R2

Edition
64-bit
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

Edition
64-bit
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

Edition64-bit
  SP1
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard(error)(tick) (*)(**)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise(error)(tick) (*)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter(error)(tick) (*)
Windows Small Business Server 2008 R2(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 R2 (all editions) is not supported for new installations as of Automation Engine 18.0.
Upgrading an existing Automation Engine Server to Automation Engine 18.1 is still possible on Windows Server 2008 R2, but this will become unsupported soon (for later versions) as well.

(**)
Note that Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition only allows for maximum 32 GB of physical memory, which may rule it out for larger Automation Engine configurations.

Unsupported Operating Systems

  • All 32-bit Windows Systems
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 (all editions)
  • Windows 7 (all editions)
  • Windows Vista (all editions)
  • Windows 2000 (all editions)
  • Windows XP (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 ( without Service Pack 1 )

    Windows 2008 R2 with SP1 is a supported OS for upgrades only (see above).
  • Windows Server 2008 (all editions)
  • Windows Server 2003 (all editions)

Operating Systems to become unsupported soon

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions)

Pre-Install IT Requirements Guide

For more information and advice, please see the chapter Pre-Install IT Requirements Guide in the Automation Engine 18.1 Complete Manual, which is also available as PDF through https://docs.esko.com/docs/en-us/automationengine/18/userguide/pdf/AE_Pre_Install_IT_Requirements.pdf

Compatibility notice

CDI

The installation of the Device Manager for CDI on the computer running Grapholas CDI is NOT supported

Kongsberg

The installation of the Device Manager for Kongsberg on the computer running iPC Kongsberg is NOT supported


System Requirements
Applies to

Device Manager

Version18.1
Last revised

 

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